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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 Update for September 25, 2020

El Dorado Fire Wildfire
News – 9/25/2020


Overnight, fire activity was minimal on most parts of the fire. Hot rolling material periodically is coming off the of hillsides near the 5000’ level on Highway 38. Firefighters are patrolling the highway for these occurrences. Caltrans is assisting by clearing the highway.

Today, firefighters continue to mop up and search for hidden hotspots around Angelus Oaks, Jenks Lake, and near the west fork of Barton Creek. Firefighters continue to build and re-enforce containment lines in these critical areas. Residents will possibly see, smell smoke and fire glows especially at night. Firefighters are working around the clock in the communities.

Pockets of unburned fuel continue to cause smoke along Hwy 38. Flames may be visible and are well within containment lines.

As a result of additional containment on the El Dorado Fire over the past several days, Incident Commanders lifted evacuation orders at 6:00PM on Thursday, September 24, 2020 for the communities of Angelus Oaks, Seven Oaks and Barton Flats. All of these communities will remain under an evacuation warning, open to residents only with proper identification, until further notice.

There will be a community meeting for mountain residents in Angelus Oaks tomorrow Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 2:00PM located at San Bernardino County Fire Station 98 located at 5766 Frontage Road, Angelus Oaks, CA. Representatives from the incident and public agencies will update community members on the current progress on the fire and recovery efforts.

Yesterday, the El Dorado Fire transitioned out of unified command with CALFIRE, San Bernardino County Fire, San Bernardino County Sheriff, California Highway Patrol at 6 p.m.  and is now under the command of California Interagency Incident Management Team 13, Mike Wakoski Incident Commander.

The memorial service for fallen USDA Forest Service firefighter Charles Edward Morton will be held on Friday, September 25, 2020, at 11 a.m. in San Bernardino, Calif. The location will be at The Rock Church at 2345 S. Waterman Ave. Attendance to the service will be limited to invited guests due to space and social distancing guidelines.  The public is encouraged to attend the service virtually, which will be live streamed on the website of The Rock Church, their YouTube channel and the Facebook page for San Bernardino National Forest

WEATHER: Temperatures are predicted to be warm, dry, and breezy later in the afternoon. Temperatures over the fire area will be 76-81 degrees.

ROAD CLOSURES:  Please note that Highway 38 remains closed from Bryant Street. to Mile Marker 37 (located approx. 3 miles west of Onyx Summit). Residents are allowed access to their communities with proper identification. Residents may gain access to their homes from either Big Bear or Yucaipa on Highway 38.

EVACUATIONS:  All evacuation orders have been lifted but, all previously evacuated communities remain under an evacuation warning. As you return home, please keep in mind that there will be firefighting personnel, heavy equipment and other cooperators working in the area. Please drive with EXTREME caution. Slow down, obey all traffic laws and expect possible traffic delays.

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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