Small plane crash sparks rapid brush fire in Calif

September 4, 2011 - 10:55 PM

TEHACHAPI, Calif. (AP) — A small plane that crashed near a rural California community burst into flames, killing one person and igniting a fast-moving brush fire that destroyed one home and forced residents to flee from at least 30 others.

Kern County fire department spokesman Cary Wright says the Cessna 210 crashed Sunday in Blackburn Canyon near the small community of Tehachapi, northeast of Los Angeles.

Authorities do not know how many people were on the plane but they confirmed one death.

The crash sparked a raging brush fire that quickly grew to 150 acres amid dry, windy conditions. About 225 firefighters and four aircrafts are working to contain the blaze.

Officials issued a mandatory evacuation order for 30 homes under threat.

Wright says the fire was "growing by the minute."