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Wednesday, Sep 07 2011 10:37 AM

Firefighters gaining on Canyon Fire

The Canyon Fire has grown to 14,802 acres and is 60 percent contained and has cost $5.4 million to right so far, according to the latest report from state fire officials.

The fire broke out Sunday, Sept. 4, on the Old West Ranch about 8 miles southeast of the City of Tehachapi and was caused by the crash of a small plane. Two Southern California men were killed in the crash.

On Wednesday morning, Sept. 7, Cal Fire officials reported that the fire had grown to 14,802 acres, but is 60 percent contained. Three injuries have been reported.

Fire activity is minimal according to the latest report. A total of 2,094 personnel remain on the fire including 181 engines, 65 fire crews, two air tankers, five helicopters, 26 bulldozers and 10 water tenders.

Fire crews are continuing to construct control lines, mop up operations and patrol the fire perimeter. Fire suppression repair has begun to mitigate the effects of fire control activities and prepare for potential erosion. Firefighters continue to work in a challenging environment with low humidity and the potential for fire flare-ups.

Demobilization of firefighting resources has started and all evacuation orders have been lifted.

"As residents return to their communities we encourage them to do a thorough inspection of their property, looking for hazards such as gas leaks, dangerously burned trees and power lines," a Cal Fire spokesman said.



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