Southern California Wildfire More than Halfway Contained

May 2, 2014

The Etiwanda Fire in Southern California fueled by strong winds and high gusts that forced more than 1,000 evacuations is now 53 percent contained, according to fire officials.

The fire in San Bernardino County around Rancho Cucamonga, which started on Wednesday, has reportedly burned across 1,627 acres so far. All mandatory and voluntary evacuations have been listed, fire officials say.

“Good progress was made along the edges of the communities, and crews have continued to work today to improve all lines and to limit fire growth on the north side,” a report on the fire incident states. “The fire is burning mainly in the foothills and has moved out of the flats. Crews are strengthening containment lines to provide increased structure protection.”

The fire is being battled on rugged terrain by the U.S. Forest Service, CAL FIRE, Rancho Cucamonga Fire and the San Bernardino County Sheriff. More than 900 personnel are involved in battling the blaze, according to fire officials.

Three injuries have been reported, and one structure has been reported damaged. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Several schools in the area have been closed since the fire began.

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