Fire sparked by plane crash threatens 650 homes

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TEHACHAPI, Calif. (AP) -- Fire officials are reporting calmer weather as firefighters battle a wildfire that has forced 650 homes in a California mountain community to flee.

Kern County fire department spokesman Cary Wright says forecasters predicted wind speeds of 10- to 15 mph on Monday, but officials have yet to see that.

He says the weather has been favorable for crews at the blaze, which has burned more than 7 square miles.

Wright says 650 homes south of Tehachapi (teh-HAH-chah-pee), a city of 8,000 south of Bakersfield, are under evacuation orders. Another 150 outbuildings are threatened. The fire was ignited Sunday by a deadly plane crash.

A separate brush fire sparked by a barn fire in northern Los Angeles County is threatening an unknown number of homes Monday afternoon.