Monday, September 5, 2011

Plane crash sparks massive California brush fire that's 'growing by the minute'

A small plane sparked a major blaze when it crashed near a rural California community, igniting a deadly brush fire that killed one person.

The massive fire levelled a home and threatened at least 30 others as it quickly spread around the area near Blackburn Canyon.

The single-engine Cessna 210 went down in the canyon near Tehachapi south of Bakersfield, sparking a raging fire that sent up a plume of smoke visible for miles, Kern County fire spokesman Cary Wright said.

Authorities did not know how many people were on the plane but one death was confirmed.

The blaze quickly grew to 1,000 acres amid dry, windy conditions.

Hundreds of firefighters and seven air tankers are working to contain the blaze, which was burning out of control. Read More