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Rancho Cucamonga fire grows to 800 acres

Rancho Cucamonga fire forced the evacuation of 1,100 homes near the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains east of Los Angeles in Southern California. Strong winds helped the Rancho Cucamonga fire spread to reach 800 acres Wednesday.

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Students from Los Osos High School are evacuated from the school as a brush fire burning in Day Creek near the Etiwanda Preserve in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Fire officials say winds gusting to 60 mph are pushing the Rancho Cucamonga fire through the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains east of Los Angeles, although no homes are in immediate danger.

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A Southern California wildfire that forced the evacuation of at least 1,100 homes has grown to 800 acres.

Fire officials said Wednesday winds gusting to 60 mph are pushing the flames through the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains east of Los Angeles, although no homes are in immediate danger.

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Officials said earlier that 200 acres had been charred.

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Mandatory evacuations were ordered due to the smoky conditions in parts ofRancho Cucamonga, a city of 165,000 people east of Los Angeles.

Several neighborhoods and at least seven schools have been evacuated.

There's no word on what sparked the blaze, but it comes in the midst of a heat wave that's created extreme fire danger.


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