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Fueled by Santa Ana winds, Etiwanda fire burns 1,000 acres
Fueled by Santa Ana winds, Etiwanda fire burns 1,000 acres

Erratic Santa Ana winds whipped through an already hot, dry Southern California on Wednesday, spreading flame with the gusts. More than 1,600 homes were evacuated and several schools closed shortly after the Etiwanda fire broke out about 8 a.m. above Rancho Cucamonga, spewing thick, dark smoke into the subdivisions below. The blaze quickly ballooned, fueled by wind gusts so strong — some upward of 80 miles per hour — they kept low-flying firefighting aircraft grounded. By day's end, an estimated 1,000 acres had burned and one home was damaged, Cal Fire spokeswoman Liz Brown said. The cause of the fire remained under investigation. Though mandatory evacuations were...

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