Officials: 12 homes burned in Southern Calif. fire

TEHACHAPI, Calif. (AP) -- Officials now say the wildfire burning near Tehachapi in Kern County has destroyed a dozen homes and doubled in size.

Ron Oatman, a spokesman with the California Department of Fire and Forestry Protection, said late Monday that the so-called Canyon Fire had consumed more than 8,600 acres, or about 13 square miles.

Oatman says 12 residences have burned, along with 15 outbuildings and three recreational vehicles.

The fire was sparked Sunday when a single-engine Cessna plane crashed.

Ground crews are working to clear a fire break between the fire and the trailer, ranch and vacation homes in communities south of Tehachapi, a city of 8,000 south of Bakersfield.

Firefighters are also working to protect the nearby wind farms threatened by the blaze.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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