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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 Information
Phone: 909-383-5688

El Dorado Morning Update for September 21, 2020

El Dorado Fire Wildfire
News – 9/21/2020


No fire activity is expected in the Oak Glen, Yucaipa and Beaumont portions of the fire and is in patrol status

Rock and debris slides along Hwy 38 are continuing to be a threat to the fire perimeter. Fire will continue to back down slopes and burn off the fuels in the remaining areas that have not reached Hwy 38. Upslope winds will favor day shift resources but can be erratic in the larger drainages. Downslope winds will create holding issues at night especially in the narrow parts of the highway.

Fire moderated overnight due to lower temperatures and higher relative humidity’s. The fire held within containment lines and continued to flank and back within the perimeter, with occasional short runs and torching when fire finds receptive fuel beds.

Fuels remain critically dry and receptive to spot fires. Containment lines remain at risk due to hot rolling material along the Hwy 38 corridor.

A large rock and debris slide had caused the closure of Highway 38 between mile marker 16 and 17 but, is now open to emergency vehicles. The fire has met the highway on the slopes to the south of Angelus Oaks, and down the north aspect slopes to Highway 38.

The El Dorado Fire started on September 5, 2020, in El Dorado Park located in the Yucaipa/Oak Glen area of Southern California, which is protected by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, CAL FIRE. Prior to the fire, Southern California was experiencing a series of heat waves. On the day of the fire, there was record breaking temperatures across the region. Due to the dry conditions and grass covered hills, the fire spread rapidly onto Forest Lands in the San Bernardino National Forest. With a record number of fires throughout California, fire resources were limited.

WEATHER: Temperatures are predicted to be warm, dry, and breezy during the night operations period. High winds aloft continue to influence day time wind patterns.

ROAD CLOSURES: Highway 38 between Bryant St. to the south and Onyx Summit to the north. Residents of Forest Falls and Mountain Home Village will be allowed through with proof of residency.

EVACUATIONS: Evacuation Orders remain in effect for residents from Angelus Oaks up to Onyx Summit. Residents of Mountain Home Village and Forest Falls have been allowed to return but, remain under an evacuation warning. There is NO evacuation directive for Big Bear residents AT THIS TIME. Please monitor official sources for any changes: San Bernardino National Forest, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, the CAL FIRE San Bernardino Unit, and San Bernardino County Fire.

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:

Be prepared for disaster. The Ready San Bernardino County app will help you prepare and plan for how to respond to a disaster in your area.

TRAVEL NOTES: The El Dorado Fire Unified Incident Commanders continue to ask visitors for their understanding and consider rescheduling planned visits to the Big Bear area due to fire activity. Please check the Big Bear Fire Department Travel Advisory for the reasons why:

All camps within the San Bernardino National Forest remain closed.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FOREST CLOSURES: 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 Order No. 20-12 Emergency Forest Closure

RETURNING HOME AFTER A WILDFIRE: Although wildfire damage can be immeasurable, the danger is not over after the flames are put out. Flash flooding and debris flows, structural damage, road instability, and damaged trees are just some of the dangers that exist after a wildfire.


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