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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 for Sept 17, 2020

El Dorado Fire Wildfire
News – 9/17/2020

CURRENT CONDITIONS:

Last night, the El Dorado fire continued to slowly back down at low intensity into a retardant line placed along Hwy 38 in the vicinity of Angelus Oaks. Ground crews were able to directly attack the fire utilizing hose lines to protect the community.

Structure protection continues from Pinezanita to Jenks Lake by increasing defensible space, hose line placement and fire line construction. The road has been widened to create a better fire break and assist fire resources with containing the fire south of Hwy 38.

The fire reached Forsee Creek overnight and continues to burn northeast towards San Bernardino Peak as the upcanyon winds align with topography.

There are no active spot fires that have crossed Hwy 38.  We understand that many residents may be looking at Modis online.  Modis is an instrument aboard the Terra and Aqua EOS Satellites and measure thermal and infrared detections. This can create confusion as anything emitting heat registers in Modis, including smoke AND fire-fighting equipment.  What communities are perceiving as spot fires across Hwy 38 is likely smoke or equipment operating in the area.  As of this update, the El Dorado Fire has NOT crossed Highway 38.  Please know that the firefighters working in this area are monitoring this possibility very carefully.  Fortunately today, the high elevation winds in the fire area are predicted to blow in the opposite direction back towards San Bernardino Peak.

WEATHER:

A high-pressure weather system remains over the fire resulting in winds from the southwest. The weather remains dry and hot and the fire will align with topography and is expected to burn actively upslope towards the San Bernardino Peak (northeast) towards the Lake Fire scar.

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