News Update!!: Rancho Cucamonga, CA: Brush fire continues to burn tonight.
The Etiwanda Fire continues to burn Wednesday tonight near the Etiwanda Preserve in the mountains of the San Bernardino County National Forest just north of the Interstate 210 in Rancho Cucamonga, California.
According to authorities, the brush fire has burned over 1,000 acres with no containment.
The brush fire was reported at around 8:00am PT Wednesday morning and was blowing south and southeast in strong and windy conditions, with gust over 60 to 70 miles per hours, with blowing dust blowing near by.
At this moment, the cause of the brush fire is unknown and is under investigation.
All mandatory evacuation order that were issued for residents from east of Day Creek wash, west of Etiwanda Avenue, and north of Wilson Avenue has been lifted as of 5:30pm PT on Wednesday, April 30th, 2014. At least 1,650 homes were evacuated during the mandatory evacuation order.
A voluntary evacuations remains in effect north of Hillside Road from Haven Avenue to Carnelian Street.
At this moment, no structures are immediately threatened.
An evacuation center has been set up at Central Park on Baseline Road and Milliken Avenue in Rancho Cucamonga, California.
Animals can be taken to the Devore Animal Shelter at 19777 Shelter Way in Devore, California.
Wednesday morning, Day Creek Intermediate School, John L. Golden Elementary, and Los Osos High School were evacuated due to the amount of smoke in the area. Students from Day Creek Intermediate are being taken to Heritage Immediate School at 13766 South Heritage Circle in Fontana, California, and Caryn Elementary students are being transported to Perdew Elementary School at 13051 Miller Avenue in Etiwanda, California. Los Osos High School students without transportation will be bused to Rancho Cucamonga High School at 11801 Lark Drive in Rancho Cucamonga, California.
All classes, events, and activities at Chaffey College Rancho Cucamonga Campus were canceled on Wednesday.
For Thursday, May 1st, 2014, area school closures are announced for Los Osos High School, Day Creek Intermediate School, Caryn Elementary School, Golden Elementary School, Banyan Elementary Schools, Alta Loma Christian School, and Chaffey College.
According to a urgent message posted on the Chaffey Joint Union High School District website, Los Osos High School will be closed on Thursday, May 1st, 2014 and all other schools will remain open.
** Source: Chaffey Joint Union High School District: http://cjuhsd-ca.schoolloop.com/ **
Road Closures due to the brush fire and only residents allowed in: Etiwanda Avenue between Banyan Street and the Northern City Limit; Day Creek Boulevard between Banyan Street and the Northern City Limit; Milliken Avenue between Wilson Avenue and Northern City Limit; Hillside Road between Haven Avenue and the Western CIty Limit; and Banyan Street between Milliken Avenue and Day Creek Boulevard.
First responders are on the ground with over 55 fire department engines, 19 fire department crews, 4 bulldozers, and over 650 fire department personnel fighting this brush fire including the United States Forest Service, Rancho Cucamonga Fire Department, Cal Fire Departments, and the San Bernardino County Fire Department.
From the San Bernardino County Fire Department, Dozer 2 is there cutting a fire line on the west end of the brush fire well the CREW40A are working their way to begin attack and containment of this brush fire.
All water dropping aircraft were grounded due to very gusty and windy conditions.
According to the National Weather Service, the area of Rancho Cucamonga, California is under a High Wind Warning until Thursday, May 1st, 2014 at 5:00pm PT as well as a Red Flag Warning in effect until Thursday, May 1st, 2014 at 8:00pm PT.
Tonight, Clear, Low 67*F. Windy, with a northeast wind 15 to 20 mph increasing to 25 to 30 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph.
** Weather information at the following National Weather Service website address: **
The South Coast Air Quality Management District issued a smoke advisory on Wednesday for portions of western San Bernardino County, California and Riverside County, California and eastern Los Angeles County, California. Air quality may reach the Unhealthy range or higher in these areas due to the Etiwanda Fire.
** More information regarding the smoke advisory is at the following South Coast Air Quality Management District website address: **
For additional information on the Etiwanda Fire, please call: 1 (909) 383-5688.
** More information regarding the Etiwanda Fire is at the following InciWeb Incident Information System website address: **
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