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California fire that destroyed 27 homes mostly contained

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • NEW: Firefighters say 27 homes have been destroyed by the fire
  • The blaze in Tehachapi, California, was started by a plane crash
  • FEMA is to help pay state, local costs of firefighting

(CNN) -- A fire caused by a plane crash that destroyed 27 homes in Tehachapi, California, was 83% contained by early Thursday, according to state and local officials.

"Remaining fire crews will continue to construct control lines, mop up operations and patrol the fire perimeter," said a statement from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and the Kern County Fire Department.

Fire activity is now "minimal," and firefighters expect to have the fire fully contained by Friday, the statement said.

More than 14,800 acres have burned since the blaze started Sunday following the plane crash, officials said. Residents returning to their homes were warned to be aware of potential hazards such as gas leaks and burned power lines.

California Gov. Jerry Brown's office said the Federal Emergency Management Agency has agreed to provide money to offset the state and local costs of fighting the fire.

The plane crashed and burned near Mountain Valley Airport in Tehachapi, about 100 miles north of Los Angeles, FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will look into the cause of the crash, Gregor said.