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Crews Wednesday were battling a 800-acre brush fire in the San Bernardino National Forest.

The Etiwanda Fire was reported around 8:08 a.m. in Etiwanda Canyon, just north of Rancho Cucamonga near San Bernardino, California.  The brush fire was being fueled by wind gusts averaging 60 mph, unseasonably warm temperatures and dry vegetation. Winds are threatening to make this fire worse as gusts could exceed 80 mph at times.

"The big challenge on these fires is the wind and the unpredictability, and with winds like this we can't put up aircrafts. It's just too dangerous. So we try and figure out where it's going to end up and put our resources there," Bob Poole of the USFS said.

With the winds gusting so high aircrafts were not safe to fly to help control the fire. 

So far 1,650 evacuations have been given and if the fire gets worse, more could be handed out.

A Red Flag warning is in effect for the mountains regions of the LA area until 8pm Thursday. A high wind warning is also in effect until 3pm Thursday for all of Southern California.

Approximately 550 personnel were on scene, including 30 engines and 18 crews.

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