Growing Calif. Wildland Fire Destroys 12 Homes

TEHACHAPI, Calif. --

Late Monday fire officials confirmed 12 Tehachapi area homes have been destroyed by the raging Canyon Wildfire, and another 600 homes are still threatened.

The blaze has now scorched 8,600 acres in the hills above Tehachapi, and is only 10% contained.

The fire broke out Sunday about 11:30 a.m. when a Cessna crashed into the mountainside, killing two people on board.

More than 1,200 firefighters are struggling with steep, rugged terrain to battle the fire.

Crews said the fire continues to burn to the southeast towards the communities of Old West Ranch, Tehachapi City, Oak Creek, and Rosamond.

Evacuations are recommended for the Mountain Meadows and Blackburn Canyon communities.

Small pets are allowed at the shelter at the Jacobsen Middle School gym on Anita St., while larger animals and livestock should be taken to the rodeo grounds on Dennison St.

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