Firefighters Make Good Progress on Fire in San Bernardino National Forest

All evacuations were lifted and schools had reopened as firefighters got a handle on the blaze

Firefighters made good progress Friday on the 2,190-acre brush fire in a San Bernardino County community.

The blaze, dubbed the Etiwanda Fire, was 67 percent contained as of Friday night. All evacuations had been lifted one night earlier.

The fire broke out at 8 a.m. at the base of the San Bernardino National Forest 50 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. The fire grew to 200 acres by noon, quadrupled in size within a few hours and had burned through 1,000 acres of brush by that afternoon.

Wednesday's strong winds -- fire weather warnings were issued throughout the region -- grounded firefighting aircraft.

"We tried early on but it was just too dusty," said John Miller, of the U.S. Forest Service.

Firefighters facde 90-degree temperatures Thursday and residents dealt with another day of poor air quality as wind drives smoke into neighborhoods south of the fire.

A smoke advisory was issued for parts of western San Bernardino and Riverside counties and eastern Los Angeles County. Air quality might be in the unhealthy range or higher because of the fire.

No residences are threatened and no injuries have been reported.

Gusts above 80 mph were reported Wednesday in Southern California, where several brush fires broke out and utility crews responded to power outages. An 84-mph gust was reported in Chilao, located in the mountains north of Los Angeles.

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