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El Dorado Fire Updates

The travel advisory for Big Bear Lake has been lifted. All highways are open but be advised that there will be delays along Highway 38 due to firefighters and aircraft continuing work in the area. Please drive with care and at slower speeds to help ensure firefighter safety.

Please check https://roads.dot.ca.gov/ for updated highway conditions.

The San Bernardino National Forest (SBNF) has been partially reopened for recreation, however San Gorgonio forest roads and hiking trails remain closed. Please review the SBNF website to see what is open and what restrictions remain in place.

The El Dorado fire remains at 95% containment.

El Dorado Fire Public Info Sources:

Phone: (909) 383-5688
San Bernardino National Forest: www.fs.usda.gov/sbnf
San Bernardino NF Twitter: https://twitter.com/SanBernard...
San Bernardino NF Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SanBernardinoNF

Inciweb Report: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7148
Big Bear Lake Air Quality Report: https://www.airnow.gov/?city=Big%20Bear%20Lake&state=CA&country=USA

Cal Fire: https://www.fire.ca.gov/incide...
San Bernardino County Fire: https://sbcfire.org/
San Bernardino County Sheriff: https://wp.sbcounty.gov/sherif...
Riverside County Sheriff: https://www.riversidesheriff.org/
California Highway Patrol: https://www.chp.ca.gov/home

Fire Incident Stats:
Start Date:
9/05/2020
Location:
Oak Glen/West Yucaipa in San Bernardino County, CA
Cause:
Human-caused
Injuries:
13
Fatality: 1
Residence: Damaged 4 Destroyed: 5
Other Structures: Destroyed: 15

Current Conditions:
Interior burning on the El Dorado Fire will continue for several weeks as the fire continues to burn in the steep and inaccessible portions of the San Gorgonio Wilderness. Firefighters continue to monitor lingering smoldering trees within the interior areas of the fire, as well as continue working on suppression repair of constructed fire lines.

This week, a weak Santa Ana wind event will bring gusty east to northeast winds and extremely low humidities. This expected to increase visible smoke within the fire's interior. Evacuation warnings remain in place for the communities of Mountain Home Village, Forest Falls, Angelus Oaks, Seven Oaks, and Barton Flats. These communities are open to residents only until further notice.

Post-fire emergency preparedness for local residents: Residents and visitors in the fire area should be aware that recently burned areas are at a greater risk of mudflows and flash floods. Fires eliminate vegetation that hold soil and rocks in place and charred ground may be unable to absorb water. Forest Service Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Teams and CAL FIRE Watershed Emergency Response Team (WERT) efforts are focused on the protection of human life, safety, and property. Rapid burn assessments identify areas that have increased potential for floods and mudflow, enabling county, state, and federal emergency managers to better plan their responses to future rain events. For more information, please visit the El Dorado Post-Fire BAER InciWeb page.

Residents in the mountain and foothill areas should stay informed of weather forecasts. Register your cell phones with the Telephone Emergency Notification System (TENS) / Swift 911 and have an emergency plan. Visit www.sbcounty.gov for more emergency preparedness information.

This fire resulted in one firefighter fatality, Charlie Morton, a 14-year veteran firefighter with the San Bernardino National Forest, as well as thirteen injuries.