Terrain Satellite
El Dorado
FIRE
22,601
acres
15.3 mi
NE of Moreno Valley, CA
81%
contained
ACTIVE
Last Updated:
18 mins, 7 secs ago
Incident #:
2020-CACDF-5367d20e-b24c-40ef-acd1-93c05e4b73b9
Fire Start:
Saturday, September 5, 2020 12:51 PM PDT
Fire Unit:
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Resources:
9 Helicopters, 93 Engines, 4 Dozers, 9 Water Tenders
Dispatch Notes:
This fire is approximately 74% contained.

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.

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 are forecasted to be 79-84 degrees.

CLOSURES AND EVACUATIONS

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. 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

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential


Fire Weather Forecast


Incident Overview Updated: 20 mins ago

Incident Photo for the El Dorado Fire

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., September 21, 2020 – It is with deep sadness that USDA Forest Service officials on the San Bernardino National Forest announce the death of Charles Morton, a Big Bear Interagency Hotshot Squad Boss, who died while engaged in fire suppression operations on the El Dorado Fire late Thursday, September 17, 2020.
Full Press Release, Photo
 
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – A U.S. Forest Service honor guard, along with the California Highway Patrol, will escort fallen Big Bear Interagency Hotshot Charles Morton in a solemn procession to a mortuary in Orange County on the morning of Tuesday, September 22, 2020.
Full Press Release





 
Fire Information
 
News Release: Rainbow Lane, near Onyx Summit 
 
Updates: Morning Update September 24, 2020
Videos:
 El Dorado Planning Section Chief - Daily Update for September 23, 2020 
             El Dorado Fire Behavior Analyst - Daily Update for September 22, 2020
Maps:  Public Information Map September 24, 2020
             High Resolution Public Information Map (pdf)

Detailed Fire Perimeter Maps: Forest Falls Area,   Angelus Oaks Area,  7 Oaks / Pinezanita,Jenks Lake Area.
Daily Smoke Outlook - Los Angeles and Inland Empire Areas - September 24, 2020  

Current Condition: The El Dorado Fire has been burning for 19 days, and is currently 22,601 acres with 81% containment.  

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 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.

Structural damage summary has been modified after review by DINS investigators.
 Residence: Damaged 4 Destroyed: 5 Other Structures:  Destroyed: 15  Weather: Tonight, temperatures will be between 67 to 72 degrees at the lower elevations and 53 to 58 degrees at the higher elevations. Humidity will be between 47% and 57%.

Road Closures: 

Highway 38 is closed between Bryant St. to the south and Onyx Summit to the north. Residents of Rainbow Lane, Forest Falls and Mountain Home Village are allowed into their residence with proof of residency.  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. Please be cautious and aware of crews working in the area

Smoke Impacts:
Smoke will continue to impact portions of the Inland Empire and the San Gorgonio Pass area today and tonight, although much of the smoke in the upper atmosphere is from fires in central California.  The Southern California AQMD has issued a

Smoke Advisory due to smoke from the El Dorado Fire and the Bobcat Fire.   Visit www.airnow.gov for air quality updates in your area.

Evacuation Orders:
Remain in effect for residents above Valley of the Falls Dr. on Hwy 38 to Hwy 38 west of Rainbow Lane. Residents of Mountain Home Village and Forest Falls have been allowed to return but remain under an evacuation warning.
There is NO evacuation directive for Big Bear residents AT THIS TIME. Please monitor official sources for any changes: San Bernardino National Forest, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, the CAL FIRE San Bernardino Unit and/or San Bernardino County Fire.

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

Emergency Notification Systems: 
San Bernardino County Assistant Fire Chief Kat Opliger talks about the importance of the Telephone Emergency Notification System (TENS) in helping San Bernardino County manage evacuation notifications during fires and other emergencies.   
San Bernardino County Residents:  Sign up for San Bernardino County Telephone Emergency Notification System, or call 1-888-435-7565.
Riverside County Residents:  Sign up for the Riverside County Swift911 System.    Visit https://www.rivcoready.org/ for updated information and preparedness information.

Forest Closure Order National Forests:
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 Forest Closure Order.  Regional Fire Restriction Order

Unified Command Partners:
 
- CAL FIRE BDU 
- San Bernardino County Fire 
- San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department 
- California Highway Patrol 
- City of Yucaipa 
- San Bernardino National Forest 
 
Aviation and Drone Safety: 
The FAA has issued a Safety No Fly Zone for civilian aircraft around the El Dorado Fire.  Restricted Air Space is 5 Nautical Mile Radius from the Fire, and below 10,000 feet.  This includes all types of personal hobby drones.  Remember, If you Fly, We Cant!   For specifics, please visit the FAA NOTAM Webpage.

Basic Information

Incident Type:
Wildfire
Cause:
Human Caused
Date of Origin:
Saturday September 05th, 2020 approx. 10:30 AM
Location:
Yucaipa Ridge area, West Oak Glen, San Bernardino Mountains
Incident Commander:
Wakowski w/ CAIIMT13, San Bernardino County Fire, Cal Fire BDU, County Sheriff, and CHP.
Coordinates:
34.053, -116.992

Current Situation

Total Personnel:
858
Size (Acres):
22,601
Containment:
81%
Fuels Involved:
Grass and Chaparral transitioning to timber in higher elevations
Significant Events:
Minimal overnight fire behavior. Isolated heat within the fire perimeter where thick fuels are consuming
and exposed to wind are still visible.

Rollout along the Hwy 38 is still a threat but diminishing daily.

At the 10000 foot ridge,isolated trees and rollout of coals keep progressing down the slope up against the
2018 Valley Fire.

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions:
Crews will continue to aggressively strengthen control lines.

Crews in Division Q will continue to build
control lines until limited by topography.

All divisions are being patrolled continuously.

Weather Synopsis

Weather Concerns:
Thursday's Forecast:

Mostly sunny. Maximum temperatures will top
out between 87 to 92 degrees at 3,000 feet and 78 and 83 degrees
at 6,000 feet.

Minimum relative humidity values will be between 15 and 20 percent at 3,000 feet and 18 to 23 percent at 6,000 feet.

Winds will be southwest to west at 8 to 13 mph with afternoon gusts around 20 mph.

Incident Contact

Incident Contact
San Bernardino Incident Information Call Center
Email: 2020.eldorado@firenet.gov
Phone: 909-383-5688
Hours: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Fire Unit Information
San Bernardino National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
602 S. Tippecanoe Ave.
San Bernardino, CA 92408

Dispatch Contact

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection | Sacramento, CA
Website: http://calfire.ca.gov/