Fast-moving wildfire forces homeowners to flee in Southern California
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Ca – More than 11-hundred homes were under a mandatory evacuation order Wednesday as a fast-moving wildfire raced across sections of San Bernardino County in Southern California reported KTLA-TV.
The Etiwanda Fire was called in by residents at about 8 a.m., according to Fire Chief Mike Bell of the Rancho Cucamonga Fire Department and likely started in the San Bernardino National Forest.
KTLA-TV reported that the fire burned more than 800 acres by 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Three schools had to be evacuated and a temporary evacuation center was established according to the sheriff’s department.
The blaze came amid a high-wind warning for the region, with gusts expected to peak between 60 and 90 mph, according to the National Weather Service. The warning was in effect through 5 p.m. Thursday.
Santa Ana winds were predicted to blow through the area from the northeast toward the southwest, with a slight decrease on Wednesday evening, the weather service stated.
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