SBSun.com-ETIWANDA >> Driven by fierce winds, a wildfire continued to burn into the mountains above Rancho Cucamonga on Wednesday night after scorching more than 1,000 acres, forcing more than 1,600 from their homes.
By evening, the Etiwanda Fire was zero-percent contained, and investigators still had not determined the cause of the blaze, though they believed it was sparked in a rural part of Day Canyon, about two miles north of the 210 Freeway.
Mandatory evacuation orders were lifted shortly before 6 p.m., but voluntary evacuations remained in effect for residents north of Hillside Road between Hermosa and Haven avenues and north of Banyan Street between Haven and Milliken avenues, Rancho Cucamonga city officials said in written statement.
“The whole fire is an open line,” said Rancho Cucamonga Fire Chief Mike Bell.
According to Bell, the perimeter hadn’t changed much since noon.
John Miller, spokesman for the
U.S. Fire Service, said aircraft would be used to help douse the fire as soon as winds died down.
The weather forecast called for lighter winds Wednesday night, around 12 mph, according to Accuweather.com.
During the day Wednesday, the fire spread rapidly, threatening homes and forcing residents to evacuate in foothill-area neighborhoods.
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“It’s like a madhouse in there,” said Francisco Aguilar of Rancho Cucamonga, a Los Angeles city firefighter who went to Golden Elementary — the scene of a voluntary evacuation — to pick up his 11-year-old daughter Bella Aguilar. “Parents are running around trying to grab their kids and kids are covering their faces with tissue or their T-shirts.”
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