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More than 1,600 people were forced from their homes on Wednesday as high winds kicked up a 1,000-acre wildfire in the suburb of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., about 40 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.

Unseasonably high temperatures near 100 degrees Fahrenheit and powerful, dry Santa Ana winds were blamed for the fast-moving fire, with gusting winds up to 100 mph keeping tanker planes and firefighting helicopters grounded for most of the day.

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