Etiwanda Fire

San Bernardino County Last Update: Monday, May 19, 2014 5:01 p.m. PDT

Acres burned
Apr 30
Started (2014)
Etiwanda Fire
Location of
Etiwanda Preserve north of Rancho Cucamonga
Structures Destroyed
3 minor

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May 5, 2014 8:59 p.m. PDT

Investigators have determined the Etiwanda Fire was started by an illegal campfire. Investigators believe the illegal campfire may have been smoldering for a few days until the strong winds blew embers into nearby brush.

May 2, 2014 6:14 p.m. PDT

The Etiwanda fire is 67 percent contained, the US Forest Service's San Bernardino National Forest division tweeted Friday at 5:58 p.m.

May 1, 2014 6:47 p.m. PDT

The Etiwanda fire is at 53 percent containment and has burned 1,627 acres, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The cause is still under investigation. The Etiwanda School District tweeted that schools will be open Friday.

May 1, 2014 2:18 p.m. PDT

The U.S. Forest Service says the Etiwanda Fire remains within the previous burn area despite winds that have reached 60 mph on Thursday. However, that's strong enough to force the grounding of helicopters and planes that were being used to fight the fire. It's also prevented an accurate mapping of the blaze that has charred at least 1,000 acres since it broke out yesterday in San Bernardino National Forest. Some 700 firefighters with 55 fire engines and four bulldozers are building containment lines around the west edge of the blaze, nearest the homes.

April 30, 2014 12:46 p.m. PDT

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department reports about 1,100 homes have been evacuated due to the fire.

April 30, 2014 11:29 a.m. PDT

As of 11:15 a.m., the city of Rancho Cucamonga has announced the following road closures: Etiwanda Avenue between Banyan Street and the north city limits. Day Creek Boulevard between Banyan Street and the north city limits. Milliken Avenue between Wilson Avenue and the north city limits. Hillside Avenue between Haven Avenue and the west city limits. Banyan Street between Banyan Street and Day Creek.

April 30, 2014 11:14 a.m. PDT

U.S. Forest Service spokesman John Miller tells KPCC that high winds are grounding helicopters and aircraft tasked with fighting the 200-acre Etiwanda Fire.

April 30, 2014 11:09 a.m. PDT

Los Osos High School is being evacuated, according to the school, which posted the following on its website: "It is 11:00 am and all but 7 students have evacuated the campus; they are safe with us and we are working to release them to their parents. We want to thank our students, staff and parents for reacting so quickly to this evacuation due to the nearby fire. We worked with the Sheriff’s and Fire Department to evacuate our campus in a safe but aggressive manner, in order to ensure student safety and clear the campus, so that it could be used as a staging area to better fight the fire. As the Fire Department works to extinguish the fire and we are informed of their progress, we will update you as soon as possible to notify you about tomorrow’s classes. Once again, thank you for your help and support."

April 30, 2014 10:28 a.m. PDT

John Miller from the U.S. Forest Service told KPCC that the city of Rancho Cucamonga has initiated mandatory evacuations. "The fire has grown with wind gusts up to 80 miles an hour," Miller said. “It is a wind-driven fire and the winds are out in the north and blowing downhill toward homes, and of course, protection of life and then property is our number one priority." The fire is currently being managed between various entities: U.S. Forest Service, CalFire, Rancho Cucamonga Fire Protection District and the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department.

April 30, 2014 10:23 a.m. PDT

The Inland Daily Bulletin reports Flod M. Stork School, Banyan Elementary School and Hermosa Elementary School are under voluntary evacuations due to the Etiwanda Fire.

April 30, 2014 10:20 a.m. PDT

Chaffey College is releasing students & canceling classes scheduled for today at its Rancho Cucamonga Campus.

April 30, 2014 10:09 a.m. PDT

The Riverside Press-Enterprise citing the San Bernardino City Unified School District reports students from Day Creek Intermediate School have been moved to Heritage Intermediate School. Meanwhile, Caryn Elementary and Los Osos High have been evacuated, the San Bernardino sheriff’s department said.

April 30, 2014 10:00 a.m. PDT

The city of Rancho Cucamonga reports that schools affected by the Etiwanda Fire may be evacuated, as well as adjacent residential areas. "Please stand by for further information and obey all evacuation orders. Additional information will be posted when available."

April 30, 2014 9:38 a.m. PDT

Mandatory evacuations Haven to Carnelian north of Hillside in Rancho Cucamonga, according to the U.S Forest Service.

April 30, 2014 9:36 a.m. PDT

Rancho Cucamonga Fire Chief Mike Bell told KTLA that firefighters were having trouble accessing the area where the fire is burning, which according to the U.S. Forest Service is in the Day Canyon area north of the 210 Freeway.

April 30, 2014 9:29 a.m. PDT

NBC 4 reports nearly 100 acres have burned in a fast moving brush fire reported in the Etiwanda Canyon area north of Rancho Cucamonga Wednesday morning, according to officials from the San Bernardino National Forest.

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Administrative Unit
San Bernardino National Forest
Investigators have determined the Etiwanda Fire was started by an illegal campfire. Investigators believe the illegal campfire may have been smoldering for a few days until the strong winds blew embers into nearby brush.
Damage Assessment
1 structure damaged

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