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Sep 7, 2011 7:33 AM by Kate Richards

California now fighting fires

TEHACHAPI, Calif. (AP) - Firefighters have been aided by winds that pushed a 20-square-mile blaze toward already burned land in Southern California, but the fire remains a threat to hundreds of homes.

The fire, which has blackened more than 13,000 acres, started Sunday near the town of Tehachapi when a single-engine Cessna crashed in a remote area of Kern County, killing two people on board. Since then, 12 homes and 18 outbuildings have been destroyed and two firefighters have been injured.

Fire spokesman Ian MacDonald says gusts on Tuesday moved the fire away from a rugged, fuel-dense area to the northwest. More than 600 homes are threatened and 200 homes are still under evacuation orders.

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