El Dorado Fire
Active for 19 days
San Bernardino and Riverside
|Last Updated||09/24/20 1:47 PM|
|Date Started||09/05/20 12:51 PM|
|Location Information||Oak Glen Rd Road and Potato Canyon Road, West of Oak Glen|
|Administrative Unit||Unified Command: CAL FIRE San Bernardino Unit, and San Bernardino National Forest, San Bernardino County Fire Department|
Lifting of Evacuation Orders for all Mountain Communities Affected by the El Dorado Fire
Yucaipa, CA- As a result of firefighters gaining additional containment on the El Dorado Fire over the past several days, Incident Commanders will lift 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, until further notice.
Mountain Home Village and Forest Falls continue to remain under an evacuation warning. These areas are open to residents only.
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. As a reminder, fire personnel and equipment will remain in these communities and along many of the roadways for several weeks. Please drive with extreme caution as road hazards may exist. Residents returning to their homes and businesses may continue to see and smell smoke and fire activity that occurs inside containment lines.
Incident commanders wish to thank the local communities for their patience, understanding and support as firefighters continue their efforts to fully contain the El Dorado Fire.
CURRENT CONDITIONS: 9/24/20 AM
Overnight, fire activity remained minimal due to cooler temperatures and higher humidity. Firefighters continue to work on hot spots near Angelus Oaks, Jenks Lake, and near the west fork of Barton Creek. Today’s focus is for firefighters to build and re-enforce containment lines, and mop-up in these areas. While, good 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. Spot fires remain a concern due to critically dry fuels. Rolling hot material remains a concern, but is diminishing daily.
Rock and debris slides 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, clear rocks and fall hazardous trees.
Please keep in mind there remains firefighting personnel and heavy equipment working in the area. Please drive with EXTREME caution as roadway hazards may exist. Slow down, obey all traffic laws and expect possible traffic delays.
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 are forecasted to be 79-84 degrees.
CLOSURES AND EVACUATIONS
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. Incident commanders continue daily to assess the risk to effected communities. firefighters are working hard in the area and conditions are improving; however, evacuation orders remain in effect for residents from Angelus Oaks up to Onyx Summit. Residents of Mountain Home Village and Forest Falls have been allowed to return but, remain under an evacuation warning.
Residents as you return home, please keep in mind that there will be firefighting personnel, heavy equipment and other cooperators working in the area and be aware of existing hazards. Please drive with EXTREME caution. Slow down, do not tailgate, obey all traffic laws and expect possible traffic delays.Updated evacuation information: https://sbcounty.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=9b818cd8a7a24c9a96361f5fc3be0803
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. https://wp.sbcounty.gov/sheriff/alerts/
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. ReadyforWildFire.org
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