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RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (AP) Authorities say winds whipping a Southern California wildfire eased enough to allow people back into 1,650 homes that were evacuated as smoke choked a foothill community.

The U.S. Forest Service says a mandatory evacuation order was lifted shortly before 6 p.m. PDT Wednesday for areas of Rancho Cucamonga, a city of 165,000 people east of Los Angeles.

But people in some northern neighborhoods are still urged to leave voluntarily if they feel threatened.

The 70-mph wind gusts that sent smoke over the area have eased and are expected to die down further Wednesday evening. But authorities say it's still too gusty for aircraft to join the firefight.

The blaze erupted around 8 a.m. in the foothills of the San Bernardino National Forest and by afternoon had burned 1,000 acres of brush.

The only structure that burned was a fence.