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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 Evening Update for Sept 12, 2020

El Dorado Fire Wildfire
News – 9/12/2020

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: 14,212 acres

Percent containment:  41%

Cause: Human-caused


Hand Crews: 22

Helicopters: 9

Engines: 265   

Dozers: 17

Water Tenders: 20

Total Personnel: 1468

  Injuries:  5

Structures Threatened:  8,000                                   Residence: Damaged 2 Destroyed: 4

                                                                                    Other Str:  Damaged 4  Destroyed: 6


North side of El Dorado Fire Perimeter:

Hotshot crews began direct line construction in the Skinner Creek area above Hwy 38. They are being supported by specialized hose lays that are refilled by helicopters into portable tanks. This is needed due to the elevation change and rugged topography.

Dozer lines are established south of Angelus Oaks along Hwy 38 for community protection. Ground crews are actively constructing a contingency line between Hwy 38 and the 2015 Lake Fire burn scar.

The fire continues to back downhill above Forest Falls. Crews worked to extend the fire line along Mill Creek to Mill Creek Jumpoff. They will also be looking for opportunities to connect natural barriers i.e. rocks and scree slopes to prevent fire movement eastward.

South side of El Dorado Fire Perimeter:

Smoke will remain visible in the Yucaipa and Oak Glen areas as unburned fuels within the fire perimeter continue to burn.  Fire crews continue to patrol this area.


The weather remains hot and dry with upslope winds during the afternoons and downslope winds in the evening. Predictive Services division of the Southern California Geographic Area Coordination Center has issued a fuels advisory for excessively dry fuels throughout California due to drought conditions and hot temperatures.


•  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. 


Evacuation Orders:

For residents east of the intersection of Hwy 38 and Bryant St. to Onyx Summit, including Mountain Home Village, Forest Falls, Angelus Oaks and Seven Oaks REMAIN IN EFFECT.


The El Dorado Fire Unified Incident Commanders continue to ask visitors to consider rescheduling planned visits to the Big Bear area due to fire activityPlease check the Big Bear Fire Department Travel Advisory for the reasons why:


The entire Forest was closed to all public use at 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 7.  Please see for more information.

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