Wildfires in Southern California forces evacuation of many Pinoys

By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Posted at May 02 2014 11:49 AM | Updated as of May 03 2014 12:28 AM

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

Close to 1,600 homes were evacuated on Wednesday as the Etiwanda Fire spread to a thousand acres.

With a population of over 5,500, 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. He told his fans that he and his family, which includes four children, have checked into a hotel room, saying it was too 'smoky' to return home.

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

Filipinos that live in nearby cities 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.

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.