Winds Whip Up Calif. Wildfire That has Charred at Least 1,000 Acres (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

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"A fresh blast of strong winds hit a wildfire on Thursday in the foothills east of Los Angeles but did not spread the blaze that drove people from 1,600 homes, officials said.

The fire remained within the previous burn area despite new winds that reached 60 mph, the U.S. Forest Service said.

The winds still brought trouble, however, forcing the grounding of helicopters and planes that were being used to fight the fire that began Wednesday in San Bernardino National Forest.

The lack of aircraft also prevented an accurate mapping of the blaze that has charred at least 1,000 acres and likely many more, the Forest Service said.

The fire was 10 percent contained after an initial surge on Wednesday that included a gust of winds that topped 100 mph...

'The message is, 'ready, set, go,'' said Rancho Cucamonga Fire Chief Mike Bell. "Be ready just in case something changes.'...

California usually has about 500 wildfires by May. But this year there have already been more than 1,000, with the start of the fire season still a month away."

  Above: "Bert Newman sprays water on his home as a wildfire driven by fierce Santa Ana winds closes in on him in Rancho Cucamonga, California, April 30, 2014. Credit: David McNew/Reuters" 

Above: "Bert Newman sprays water on his home as a wildfire driven by fierce Santa Ana winds closes in on him in Rancho Cucamonga, California, April 30, 2014. Credit: David McNew/Reuters"