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Jul 28, 2010 11:10 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

California wildfire threatens entire town

A wildfire that's destroyed at least 40 homes near the Mojave Desert is threatening an entire town and firefighters say they're worried that afternoon winds will kick up the flames.

Kern County Fire Engineer Dustin Allegranza says crews worked through the night to burn out a firebreak ahead of the 1,230-acre blaze but it's completely uncontained Wednesday morning. An earlier report had said the fire 10 miles south of Tehachapi and about 70 miles north of Los Angeles was 25 percent contained.

Allegranza says winds are mild and about 250 firefighters are on the scene. But he says about 150 homes in the community of Old West Ranch remain threatened and crews are concerned that gusty winds will stir up in the afternoon as they did when the fire erupted Tuesday.

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