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El Dorado Fire

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

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El Dorado Fire Morning Update, September 12, 2020

El Dorado Fire Wildfire
News – 9/12/2020

El Dorado Fire:  September 12 2020 AM Update

Public Information:                         San Bernardino National Forest:                Twitter:

Phone: (909) 383-5688                  www.fs.usda.gov/sbnf                              twitter.com/SanBernardio_NF

Incident Website:                                                                                                       Facebook:

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7148             facebook.com/SanBernardinoNF

INCIDENT INFORMATION

Unified Command: CAL FIRE BDU/Yucaipa, San Bernardino National Forest, San Bernardino County Fire, San Bernardino County Sheriff, California Highway Patrol

Start Date: 9/05/2020

Location: Oak Glen/West Yucaipa in

San Bernardino County CA

Size: 14,043 acres

Percent containment:  39%

Cause: Human-caused

Assigned Resources:

Hand Crews: 19

Helicopters: 6

Structures Threatened:

Engines: 255

Fixed Wing: 4

8,000

Dozers: 15

Water Tenders: 17

Residences: Damaged: 2

Other Str:    Damaged: 4

Total Personnel: 1465

Injuries: 5

Destroyed: 4

Destroyed: 6

Current Conditions:

Ground crews continue to make an incredible effort in containing the El Dorado Fire. Last night fire conditions were calm and allowed for good progress on securing the fire line, particularly in the Mill Creek drainage area.

The fire is aligning itself with Skinner Creek along Highway 38, east of Mountain Home Village. As the wind transitions to up canyon winds this afternoon, there is the potential for large fire growth as weather and terrain align. Ground crews continue securing fire lines and air resources are utilizing retardant and water drops to slow fire progression.

Dozer line has been established north of the fire perimeter and south of Angelus Oaks along Hwy 38 for structure protection. Hand line is being constructed eastward to the 2015 Lake Fire scar. Ground crews are actively working to secure the contingency line with hose line placement.

The fire continues to slowly move laterally behind Forest Falls along the creek. Firefighting efforts continue as crews extend the fire line from Vivian Creek to the old Apple Fire scar and continued structure defense.

Smoke will remain visible over the Wildwood Canyon area posing minimal threat to the fire line. Smoke continues to be seen over the Wildwood Canyon area from fuels burning inside of the perimeter posing minimal threat to the fire line. 

Crews are actively patrolling the southern portion of Yucaipa ridge and extinguishing hot spots and flare ups.

The weather remains dry and hot with the predominant prevailing over the area. The wind will transition to upslope around 10am increasing visibility and solar preheating of fuels. Wind gusts may reach 18mph in the canyons. California has issued a fuels advisory for excessively dry fuels due to the lack of precipitation in the area and excessive temperatures throughout the state.  This allows the potential for active terrain driven fire behavior as wind and topography align.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department as part of the El Dorado Fire Unified Incident Commanders continue the advisory for visitors to consider rescheduling planned visits to the Big Bear area due to fire activity.

Neighbors, please stay vigilant and check Inciweb, Twitter and Facebook for changes on the #ElDoradoFire.

CLOSURES AND EVACUATIONS

ROAD CLOSURES

  • Highway 38 is closed between Bryant St. to the south and Lake Williams Dr. to the north

  • Topaz St. is closed at Bryant St. to eastbound traffic

  • Juniper Ave. is closed at Bryant St.

  • Carter St. is closed between Bryant St. and Jefferson St.

  • Ivy is closed between Bryant St. and Jefferson St.

  • Oak Glen Rd. access to residents, businesses and business support services only between lower Potato Cyn Rd. and Pine Bench Rd.

  • Fremont St is closed at Carter St.

EVACUATIONS:

Evacuation Orders:

The El Dorado Fire remains under an Evacuation Order in Yucaipa: the neighborhood bordered by Bryant Street on the west, Carter Street on the south, Jefferson Street on the east, and Hwy 38 to the north. Angelus Oaks, Forest Falls, and Mountain Home Village also remain under evacuation order. 

 Evacuation Warning:

For portions of Mentone and Yucaipa:  the areas bounded by the following streets remain in an evacuation warning:  North of Oak Glen Road, West of Bryant, South of Highway 38 and East of Garnet.

SAN BERNARDINO NATIONAL FOREST RECREATION CLOSURES:

The entire Forest was closed to all public use at 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 7.  Please see https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/sbnf/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD799192 for more information.

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