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Thursday, Sep 08 2011 02:16 PM

Canyon Fire: Additional homes destroyed

Cal Fire has announced the loss of 27 residences and 21 outbuildings as well as 19 vehicles and 12 recreational vehicles in the Canyon Fire -- up from the 12 residences and 18 outbuildings previously reported.

The Tehachapi News is seeking details about the location of the structures and vehicles lost.

The increased toll was released at 9 a.m. Thursday in a report that shows Ca lFire expects full containment by Friday, Sept. 9. The report noted that acreage burned is estimated at 14,802 and the fire is 83 percent contained.

Fire activity remains minimal and remaining fire crews will continue to construct control lines, patrol the fire perimeter and handle mop operations.

Fire suppression repair has begun to mitigate the effects of fire control activities and prepare for potential erosion in case of rain.

The demobilization of firefighting resources is underway and firefighting costs to date are $7.7 million.

All evacuations have been lifted and roads are open.

The fire started around 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 4, when a plane crashed on the Old West Ranch, approximately 8 miles southeast of the City of Tehachapi. Two Southern California men died in the crash.

As of Thursday morning, 2,039 personnel were assigned to the fire including 171 engines, 66 fire crews, two air tankers, five helicopters, 12 bulldozers and 13 water tenders.

Additional stories are online at www.tehachapinews.com and www.bakersfield.com.

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