Firefighters are hoping they've battled the worst of a wildfire east of Los Angeles, but they know it could flare up again today.  

The fire in the hills above Rancho Cucamonga scorched a thousand acres Wednesday and drove more than 1,600 families from their homes.  

John Miller with the U.S. Forest Service says powerful winds didn't help the fight against the flames.  

"You know this has been a wind-driven event, we knew that the Santa Ana winds were going to materialize and they were going to be very strong," Miller said. 

The evacuation order was lifted Wednesday night but officials warned residents to be ready to clear out again if the fire springs back to life.  

Winds up to 80 miles an hour blew up the fire Wednesday, and the weather forecast calls for windy conditions again today.  

The area is about 40 miles east of Los Angeles.

In Northern California, state fire officials are also bracing for worse than normal fire danger.

In fact, Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant tells News10 despite some recent wet weather seasonal firefighters were called back early.

"At the end of January, we started hiring seasonal fire fighters. That process would typically begin the end of April, beginning of May. This year started the last week of January," Berlant said. 

The state owns 23 air tankers and all but three are now deployed to fight wildfires. 

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