SoCal wildfires forces evacuations of many Filipinos

By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

May 1, 2014

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CALIF. – High winds are continuing to fan the flames of a wild fire in Rancho Cucamonga, a suburb about 40 miles east of Los Angeles in the heavily Filipino populated area of the inland empire.

Close to 16-hundred homes were evacuated on Wednesday as the Etiwanda Fire grew to a thousand acres.

With a population of over 55-hundred, Filipinos make up the largest Asian group in the town which is 40 miles east of Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Power 106 DJ and MXY TV host Isaiah Dacio, known as DJ Icy Ice was among the evacuees posting a picture of the fire which was happening behind his house.

He went on to tell his fans that he and his family, which includes four children, have checked into a hotel room, saying it was too smokey to return home.

Dacio says there are a good number of Filipinos within the evacuation zone.

Filipinos that live in nearby cities have also told Balitang America that they are feeling the effects of the smoke.

The evacuation orders in Rancho Cucumonga were lifted on Wednesday night.

Schools near the affected areas remained closed on Thursday.

As a heat wave kicked in this week along with high Santa Ana winds running through the already drought stricken state, southern California has been greatly affected.

Smaller brush fires that were quickly contained were also reported in Orange County as well as San Diego County.

By Thursday morning, the Etiwanda Fire was 10 percent contained.

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