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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 Evening Update for September 23, 2020

El Dorado Fire Wildfire
News – 9/23/2020


Today, firefighters were looking to find additional hot spots, and mop up around Angelus Oaks, Jenks Lake, and near the west fork of Barton Creek. Firefighters continue to build and re-enforce containment lines, progress is being made in these critical areas. Trees that are burning out could fall across containment lines crews are addressing these hazardous trees throughout the day.

Fuels remain critically dry, spot fires, and rolling hot material remain a concern, but is diminishing daily. All of the lower portions of the fire remain in patrol status.

The large rock and debris slide that had caused the closure of Highway 38 between mile marker 16 and 17 has somewhat stabilized with less rocks coming down onto the roadway. The highway remains open only to emergency vehicles. Caltrans continues to patrol the highway and clear rocks and debris.

Please keep in mind there will be firefighting personnel and heavy equipment working in the area. Please drive with EXTREME caution as roadway hazards may exist. slow down, do not tailgate, obey all traffic laws and expect possible traffic delays.

WEATHER: High pressure will continue across the area through the end of the week with dry conditions. Winds will be generally light with typical daytime patterns Temps in the fire area this evening are forecasted to be 53-58 degrees.

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: The Evacuation order for community of Rainbow Lane near Onyx Summit has been lifted and residents have been allowed to return with proper identification. Wildland fire managers must constantly assess the threat of both natural and human-caused fire to the wildlands, and the threat of wildland fires to communities

While, conditions are improving; evacuation orders remain in effect for residents from Angelus Oaks up to mile marker 37 two miles south of Onyx Summit. Residents of Mountain Home Village and Forest Falls have been allowed to return but, remain under an evacuation warning.

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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