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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 September 18, 2020

El Dorado Fire Wildfire
News – 9/18/2020


The El Dorado fire burned actively overnight along Hwy 38 into Angelus Oaks. Fire was spotting into the community and was quickly extinguished by fire crews providing structure defense.

The fire continued to burn with high intensity along Hwy 38 near the Pinezanita area.  Fire embers were cast across Hwy 38 and quickly extinguished by ground crews directly attacking the fire with hose lines. Structure defense continues from Pinezanita to Jenks Lake by increasing defensible space, hose line placement and securing fire line.

The fire has progressed to the Lake Fire scar and continues to make active runs to the north as topography and upcanyon wind influences comes into alignment. Fire is spotting ½ mile ahead of the main body of fire and has a potential for spotting up to 1 mile this afternoon. 

USDA Forest Service officials on the San Bernardino National Forest have confirmed the death of a firefighter on the El Dorado Fire. The incident took place on Thursday, September 17, 2020. The name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. Our deepest sympathies are with the family, friends and fellow firefighters during this time.

The cause of death is under investigation. More details will be made available as they are confirmed.


A high-pressure weather system remains over the fire resulting in winds from the southwest above 6,000 feet elevation. The predominant diurnal winds continue below 6000 feet elevation and will transition to down canyon overnight.

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. We are re-evaluating repopulation daily with CHP, and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. The utility companies, and CalTrans continue repairing critical infrastructure. We ask that you continue to support the firefighters by staying out of the way until we can open your neighborhood safely for you.

Caifornia Interagency Incident Management Team 11(Fogle) transitioned with California Interagency Incident Management Team 13(Wakoski) today at 0700 am.  The Unified Command remains in place with Cal Fire BDU/Yucaipa, San Bernardino National Forest, San Bernardino County Fire, San Bernardino County Sheriffs, and California Highway Patrol.

ROAD CLOSURES:  Highway 38 is closed between Bryant St. to the south and Onyx Summit to the north  

EVACUATIONS:  Evacuation Orders Remain In Effect for Mountain Home Village, Forest Falls, Angelus Oaks and Seven Oaks. Residents of Mountain Home Village and Forest Falls please watch for updates today

All residents who have not yet evacuated in the Angelus Oaks area please leave!!!  Check the following map link for updated evacuation information:

TRAVEL NOTES: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:

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 for more information.

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