Firefighting efforts continued today as the El Dorado Fire progressed slowly downslope towards Angelus Oaks. Fire managers are pleased with the low-intensity burn in this area. If conditions change – especially a shift in wind direction or speed – firefighters are prepared to defend Angelus Oaks should the fire begin burning more aggressively. The fire is getting close to Highway 38 but has not reached it. At this rate of fire progression, firefighters will use Highway 38 as a fuel-break and halt the spread of the fire.
There is equipment all along Highway 38 as firefighters work to preparing defensible space along the road. A contingency line has been put in place to direct the fire into the Lake Fire scar and away from the Barton Flats area. Air resources worked throughout the day making retardant drops to strengthen containment lines in this area.
Along Hwy 38 near Mountain Home Village, the fire activity continues to slowly back down the slope and burn eastward along Mill Creek on the south side. The fire line behind Forest Falls is holding and firefighters continue to work in and around this community. Across the Mill Creek streambed at the eastern end of the canyon, fire crews are securing the fire line along Mill Creek from Vivian Creek to last month’s Apple Fire scar.
There is NO evacuation directive for Big Bear residents AT THIS TIME. Please monitor official sources for any changes including the San Bernardino National Forest information listed at the top of this update, San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department, the CAL Fire San Bernardino Unit and San Bernardino County Fire.
All residents waiting to return home, we ask for your continued patience. Our work in and around your community is not complete yet. Power lines are still down and we ask that you remain evacuated and support the firefighters by staying out of the way.