A small plane crashed near a rural California community on Sunday then burst into flames, killing one person and igniting a fast-moving brush fire that destroyed one home and evacuated almost 30 others.
The single-engine Cessna 210 went down in Blackburn Canyon near Tehachapi south of Bakersfield. It sparked a raging brush fire that quickly grew to 150 acres.
About 225 firefighters and four aircraft were working to contain the blaze, according to Los Angeles Times. Authorities don't know how many people were on the plane, but they have confirmed the one fatality.
They have continuously attacked the flames with water-dropping aircraft. Most of the ground crews were paying special attention to protecting structures.
An evacuation center was set up at the old Jacobsen Middle School in Tehachapi.
The fire is growing by the minute, Kern County Fire Department spokesman Cary Wright told The Associated Press.
Wright said the fire had shifted direction at least three times.
The terrain is steep, rugged, Wright told The AP. The wind is swirling. All the dry brush is a huge fuel source.