Etiwanda fire in California spreads to 1,600 acres

Blaze is being fueled by high wind gusts and unusually warm temperatures.
By Danielle Haynes  |  May 2, 2014 at 8:28 AM
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RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif., May 2 (UPI) -- The Etiwanda wild fire spread to about 1,600 acres on its second day, and fire officials said it was about 53 percent contained Thursday evening.

The fire started Wednesday morning near Rancho Cucamonga. It was fueled by strong gusts of wind and high temperatures, unusual weather patterns for this time of year.

More than 900 fire and law enforcement officers worked to battle the blaze Thursday, California fire officials said. Thursday morning it was 10 percent contained and by the evening it was 53 percent contained.

“We’re not out of the woods yet,” said Brian Grant of the U.S. Forest Service. “The winds are still gusting 25 to 35 (mph) today with relative humidity of 5 percent, which is really low.”

About 1,650 homes were evacuated Wednesday due to the fire, but that order was lifted before the end of the day. Voluntary evacuations were in place for homes north of Hillside Road between Haven Avenue and Milliken Avenue.

One home was damaged in the blaze and two firefighters sustained minor injuries.

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