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Firefighters Continue to Battle the Etiwanda Fire


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Officials were expected to provide updates Thursday morning on a wind-driven brush fire in Rancho Cucamonga, dubbed the Etiwanda fire, that burned over 1,000 acres.

Residents called in the fire Wednesday morning and it quickly grew because of strong Santa Ana winds with gusts up to 70 mph.

The fire began in a “very remote” canyon area north of the city, Rancho Cucamonga Fire District Chief Mike Bell said.

Winds prevented aerial attacks but aircrafts were on standby through the night in Hemet and San Bernardino, according to John Miller of the U.S. Forest Service.

The fire burned 1,000 acres as of Wednesday night, Cal Fire reported.

Mandatory evacuations were lifted Wednesday night, but several schools and roads remained closed Thursday.

Nearly a dozen schools remained closed Thursday, including Alta Loma High School, Banyon Elementary, Caryn Elementary, Etiwanda High School, Golden Elementary, Day Creek Intermediate, Los Osos High School, rancho Cucamonga High School, and Chaffey College.


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