The City of Rancho Cucamonga, the Rancho Cucamonga Fire District and the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department want to show our sincere appreciation. THANK YOU to our residents, business partners, volunteers and donors for your outpouring of support during the recent Etiwanda Fire in the foothills of Rancho Cucamonga.
At the height of this incident, over 1,650 homes were evacuated, roads closed, evacuation centers opened while firefighters and law enforcement descended on neighborhoods in a commitment to public safety. Your patience during this local disaster was appreciated as well as the generous donations of food and supplies from businesses and community members that aided not only those on the front lines, but those working behind the scenes to support them.
It's not a matter of "if" it will happen again, but rather "when" it happens again.
Please recognize the potential wildfire threat remains as high today as it did the day the Etiwanda Fire began. As temperatures increase, relative humidity decreases and the onset of winds create dangerous conditions for the dry vegetation around us. Residents are reminded: (1) Be READY: prepare your home, such as creating a "defensible space" by removing all dead or drying vegetation 100 feet from structures; (2) get SET: be prepared to evacuate your home quickly if a wildfire approaches; and (3) GO: evacuate early to avoid injury yourself or interfering with crews in their firefighting efforts.