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California wildfires north of Los Angeles partially contained

California wildfires that have burned 30 homes and threatened over 100 more are partially contained, according to firefighting officials.

By Associated Press / July 28, 2010

The glow from a wildfire can be seen through the entrance to the small community known as Old West Ranch near the Mojave Desert town of Tehachapi, Calif. as residents were evacuated July 27. More than 30 homes were lost in the small hill community of Old West Ranch and another 150 structures were threatened, firefighters said Tuesday.

AP Photo / Alex Gallardo

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Tehachapi, California

Firefighters say they've partially surrounded a wildfire north of Los Angeles that has burned at least 30 homes and is threatening about 150 others.

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The blaze 10 miles south of Tehachapi (tuh-HATCH'-uh-pee) is one of two in mostly rural Kern County that have forced about 2,300 people to evacuate homes.

County fire Engineer Dustin Allegranza says the fire near Tehachapi is 25 percent contained Wednesday morning. It has burned about 1,400 acres, or more than 2 square miles.

The fire erupted Tuesday about 70 miles north of Los Angeles and threatens the entire town of Old West Ranch in the eastern foothills of the Tehachapi Mountains.

Another fire in Sequoia National Forest has burned eight homes and six outbuildings, but no other homes are in immediate danger. It's about 15,600 acres, or about 24 square miles, and is only 5 percent surrounded.

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