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El Dorado Fire

Unit Information

San Bernardino National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
602 S. Tippecanoe Ave.
San Bernardino, CA 92408

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Incident Contact

San Bernardino Incident Information Call Center
Email: 2020.eldorado@firenet.gov
Phone: 909-383-5688
Hours: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Highlighted Activity

09/25/2020 Community Meeting for Mountain Residents in Angelus Oaks
There will be a community meeting for mountain residents in Angelus Oaks tomorrow Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. located at San Bernardino County Fire Station 98 located at 5766 Frontage...
News - 09/25/2020
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Fire Information
 
News Release: Eldorado Fire Transitions from Unified Command


 Updates: Morning Update September 26, 2020


Videos:
 El Dorado Planning Section Chief - Operations Update for September 26, 2020
             El Dorado Fire Behavior Analyst - Daily Update for September 26, 2020


Maps:  Public Information Map September 26, 2020
             High Resolution Public Information Map (pdf)

Daily Smoke Outlook: - Los Angeles and Inland Empire Areas - September 25, 2020



Current Condition: 

The El Dorado Fire has been burning for 21 days, and is currently 22,666 acres with 92% containment.  
 

Increase in visible smoke across the fire as humidity's lower and stump holes and burning logs consume. There is still heat mid-way up along the west fork of Barton Creek to Anderson Peak that is near the perimeter but has been holding. Majority of the fire activity is in the Monkeyface drainage above the 2018 Valley Fire Scar where the fire is backing into brush and isolated timber.

Please keep in mind there will be firefighting personnel and heavy equipment working in the area. Please drive with EXTREME caution as roadway hazards may exist. slow down, do not tailgate, obey all traffic laws and expect possible traffic delays.

Weather: Temperatures are predicted to be warm, dry, and breezy later in the afternoon. Temperatures over the fire area will be 76-81 degrees.

Structural damage summary has been modified after review by DINS investigators.
Residence: Damaged 4 Destroyed: 5 Other Structures:  Destroyed: 15 

Road Closures: 

Please note that Highway 38 remains closed from Bryant Street. to Mile Marker 37 (located approx. 3 miles west of Onyx Summit). Residents are allowed access to their communities with proper proof of residency.  The utility companies, and CalTrans continue repairing critical infrastructure. Please be cautious and aware of crews working in the area.

Smoke Impacts:
Smoke will continue to impact portions of the Inland Empire and the San Gorgonio Pass area today and tonight, although much of the smoke in the upper atmosphere is from fires in central California.  The Southern California AQMD has issued a

Smoke Advisory due to smoke from the El Dorado Fire and the Bobcat Fire.   Visit www.airnow.gov for air quality updates in your area.

Evacuation Orders:
Residents of Mountain Home Village, Forest Falls , Angelus Oaks, Seven Oaks and Barton Flats have been allowed to return but remain under an evacuation warning. 

Residents as you return home, please keep in mind that there will be firefighting personnel, heavy equipment and other cooperators working in the area and be aware of existing hazards. Please drive with EXTREME caution. Slow down, do not tailgate, obey all traffic laws and expect possible traffic delays.

Updated evacuation information: https://sbcounty.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=9b818cd8a7a24c9a96361f5fc3be0803

Emergency Notification Systems: 
San Bernardino County Assistant Fire Chief Kat Opliger talks about the importance of the Telephone Emergency Notification System (TENS) in helping San Bernardino County manage evacuation notifications during fires and other emergencies.   
San Bernardino County Residents:  Sign up for San Bernardino County Telephone Emergency Notification System, or call 1-888-435-7565.
Riverside County Residents:  Sign up for the Riverside County Swift911 System.    Visit https://www.rivcoready.org/ for updated information and preparedness information.

Forest Closure Order National Forests:
The USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region announced that current closure orders and fire prohibitions in California have been extended. This decision will be evaluated daily, taking fire and weather conditions into account. The fire prohibition includes building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, or stove. All four Forests in Southern California, the Cleveland, San Bernardino, Angeles, and Los Padres remain closed to all public use due to the extreme fire conditions and critical limitations on firefighting resources. Regional Forest Closure Order.  Regional Fire Restriction Order 
Extended Forest Closure Orders

Aviation and Drone Safety: 
The FAA has issued a Safety No Fly Zone for civilian aircraft around the El Dorado Fire.  Restricted Air Space is 5 Nautical Mile Radius from the Fire, and below 10,000 feet.  This includes all types of personal hobby drones.  Remember, If you Fly, We Cant!   For specifics, please visit the FAA NOTAM Webpage.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseHuman Caused
Date of OriginSaturday September 05th, 2020 approx. 10:30 AM
LocationYucaipa Ridge area, West Oak Glen, San Bernardino Mountains
Incident CommanderMike Wakowski,Incident Commander,California Interagency Incident Management Team 13
Coordinates34.053 latitude, -116.992 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel590
Size22,666 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained92%
Fuels Involved

Grass and Chaparral transitioning to timber in higher elevations

Significant Events

Increase in visible smoke across the fire as humidity's lower and stump holes and burning logs consume.

There is still heat mid-way up along the west fork of Barton Creek to Anderson Peak that is near the perimeter but has been holding.

Majority of the fire activity is in the Monkeyface drainage above the 2018 Valley Fire Scar where the fire is backing into brush and isolated timber.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Crews will continue to aggressively strengthen control lines and eliminate hot spots along the perimeter in preparation for Saturday's predicted wind event.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Today's observed as of 1430:

Maximum temperatures ranged from 82 to 87 degrees at 3,000 feet and 79 to 84 degrees at 6,000 feet.

Minimum relative humidity values were between 11 and 18 percent.

Winds were southwest to west at 6 to 11 mph, with gusts to around 18 mph.