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Helicopters Can't Get to Etiwanda Park Fire

The fire has burnt at least 1,000 acres and kept nine schools closed. 

The Etiwanda Park fire that started Wednesday morning in Rancho Cucamonga is still going and forcing nine schools to remain closed. 

Earlier, winds peaked at 80 mph, but even with winds down to 60 mph as of Thursday afternoon, they were still strong enough to keep helicopters and planes grounded. 

The fire is more than 10 percent contained, but firefighters still don't have a prediction for full containment.

Residents who had been evacuated Wednesday were allowed to return to their homes Thursday, but they were told to be ready to evacuate at any moment. 

More than 700 firefighters and 55 fire engines have been dispatched to build containment lines around the west edge of the fire near the residential area. 

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