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BREAKING NEWS: Record winds gusting through San Bernardino, Etiwanda Preserve Fire forces mandatory evacuations north of Rancho Cucamonga

Doug Saunders via Twitter

Doug Saunders via Twitter, stated: “The #etiwandafire has jumped a brick wall moving toward homes”

Update – 2:05 p.m., April 30, 2014:

The Etiwanda Preserve Wildfire Fire started around 8 a.m. on Wednesday April 30, is still roaring and growing due to wind driven wildfire. As of 2:05 p.m. the Etiwanda Preserve Wildfire has grown to approximately 800 acres, and continues to burn through brush in Day Canyon, north of Rancho Cucamonga.

Currently, according to the report on Inciweb.org, 550 firefighters and personnel are at work on this brush fire, with 30 engines, 18 crews, and aircraft support available, though winds in the area remain a steady 60 miles per hour.

Air quality warnings–from driving Santa Ana winds, dust, smoke, and ash–have listed the region as “unhealthy” due to Particle Pollution (2.5 microns), per Twitter reports from www.AirAlert.org.

The evacuation area is now west of Etiwanda, north of Wilson, and east of Day Creek wash. An evacuation Center for people and animals is at Central Park on Baseline/Milliken in Rancho Cucamonga.

  • Animals can also be taken to the County Animal Shelter in Devore. 19777 Shelter Way, Devore. (909)887-8055
  • For Livestock inquires contact Animal Field Division (909)466-7387×1
  • Small Animals can be taken directly to Animal Center at 11780 Arrow Route, Rancho Cucamonga

The fire is under unified command between Rancho Cucamonga Fire, CAL FIRE, and USFS.

Road Closures – 

  • Etiwanda Ave between Banyan St. and the Northern City Limit
  • Day Creek Blvd. between Banyan St and the Northern City Limit
  • Milliken Ave between Wilson Ave and Northern City Limit
  • Hillside Rd between Haven Ave and the Western CIty Limit
  • Banyan St between Milliken Ave and Day Creek Blvd

More updates will be posted as information becomes available.

UPDATE – 10:55 a.m., April 30, 2014:

According to San Bernardino National Forest command, 30 engines, 18 crews, aircraft remain on hand and available for the Etiwanda Preserve Fire event. “An evacuation Center is at Central Park on Baseline/Milliken in Rancho Cucamonga. Animals can be taken to the County Animal Shelter in Devore.” Stated the report.

The fire is under unified command between Rancho Cucamonga Fire, CAL FIRE, and USFS.

Etiwanda Fire, via @SBNational Forest Twitter

Etiwanda Fire, via @SBNational Forest Twitter

 

UPDATE – 10:04 a.m. April 30, 2014: In a Twitter update at 10:01 a.m., San Bernardino National Forest reports the Etiwanda Preserve Fire has grown to 200 acres, “Evacuation area is now west of Etiwanda, north of Wilson, and east of Day Creek wash.” School district closures in the area can be followed through the :Etiwanda School District Twitter feed: 

Etiwanda Preserve fire in San Bernardino County, (c) Daily Bulletin

Etiwanda Preserve fire in San Bernardino County, (c) Brynna Cadman via Twitter

San Bernadino U.S. Forest Service reports a wildfire burning in Day Canyon, north of Rancho Cucamonga on April 30. The wildfire originated at 8:08 a.m., per reports. The fire has reached 100 acres in just over 1 hour. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. “As of 9:20 a.m., mandatory evacuations Haven to Carnelian north of Hillside in Rancho Cucamonga.” Incident Commander Kempter said. 35 mile per hour sustained winds are driving the fire, according to Weather.com, with the incident reporting gusts of upwards of 60 mph, in Day Creek area. According to Brynna Cadman, of the Etiwanda School Board, via Twitter, “Day Creek Intermediate students are evacuated to Heritage Intermediate due to fire.” For more information regarding schools, and school closures, follow Stay tuned for more information as updated throughout the day.

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About Ashley Ludwig

Ashley Ludwig is an Editor for Patch News, Orange County and Los Angeles. She is also an inspirational romantic suspense author.

One comment on “BREAKING NEWS: Record winds gusting through San Bernardino, Etiwanda Preserve Fire forces mandatory evacuations north of Rancho Cucamonga

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