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Etiwanda fire burns over 1000 acres, 10 percent contained

A wind and terrain driven wildfire has burned 1000 acres in Etiwanda, north of Rancho Cucamonga, and is moving in a southeast direction with 10 percent containment. Claremont officials are aware of the fire and will continue to monitor its location, according to an emergency alert sent out by the Claremont Police Department.

Currently, the fire is not moving towards Claremont, however, the city is prepared to deal with the situation should the winds shift.  Please note there are currently no scheduled evacuations in Claremont.

As a precaution, The Wilderness Park will remain closed until further notice and a red flag warning is now in effect through Thursday.

In addition, The South Coast Air Quality Management District has issued a smoke advisory today for portions of western San Bernardino and Riverside counties and eastern Los Angeles County, including Claremont.

Air quality may reach the unhealthy range or higher in these areas due to the Etiwanda Fire.

All Claremont residents are urged to exercise caution and avoid unnecessary outdoor activities in any area directly impacted by smoke. This includes areas where residents can see or smell smoke.

Everyone should avoid vigorous outdoor activity Individuals with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children should remain indoors. Keep windows and doors closed or seek alternate shelter. The AQMD recommends running home air conditioners, if you have one. Do not use a swamp cooler or whole-house fan to prevent bringing additional smoke inside. To avoid worsening the health effects of wildfire smoke, don't use indoor or outdoor wood-burning appliances, including fireplaces.

The COURIER will continue to update the situation as more details become available.


—Angela Bailey


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