El Dorado Fire

A bucket helicopter refills its water supply at the Crafton Hills reservoir.

The El Dorado Fire has burned 17,598 acres and is  54%

contained, as of Tuesday, Sept. 15.


The El Dorado Fire remains very dynamic as the terrain driven fire aligns with the predominant wind influences in the area. Fire activity slowly burned down slope towards the Angeles Oaks community overnight allowing fire resources the opportunity to secure indirect and direct handlines in preparation for active fire potential today.

Firefighters are poised and ready to conduct firing operations around Angeles Oaks if needed.  Fire crews are in position to directly attack the fire with both hand lines and hose lines.

Predicted winds have changed over the fire today with a southwest wind influence at 8 to 10 mph gusting to 20 mph over 6,000 feet elevation. The weather remains dry and hot and the fire will align with topography and burn actively upslope towards the San Bernardino Peak (northeast) towards the Lake Fire scar.

There is NO evacuation directive for Big Bear residents AT THIS TIME. Please monitor official sources for any changes including the San Bernardino National Forest information listed at the top of this update, San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department, the CAL Fire San Bernardino Unit and San Bernardino County Fire.

Along Hwy 38, the fire activity continues to slowly back down the slope and burn eastward along Mill Creek. The fire line behind Forest Falls continues to hold and firefighters continue to  work in and around this community. Fire crews continue working to secure the fire line along Mill Creek from Vivian Creek to last month’s Apple Fire scar. 

Residents of Mountain Home, we continue to ask for your patience.  Our work in and around your community is not complete yet.  Power lines are still down and we ask that you stay away from your homes for a little longer.

WEATHER:The weather will remain hot and dry. Predictive Services division of the Southern California Geographic Area Coordination Center has issued a fuels advisory for excessively dry fuels throughout California due to drought conditions and hot temperatures.


ROAD CLOSURES:  Highway 38 is closed between Bryant St. to the south and Onyx Summit to the north  

EVACUATIONS:  Evacuation Orders Remain In Effect for Mountain Home Village, Forest Falls, Angelus Oaks and Seven Oaks. All residents who have not yet evacuated in the Angelus Oaks area please leave!!!  Check the following map link for updated evacuation information:https://sbcounty.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=9b818cd8a7a24c9a96361f5fc3be0803

TRAVEL NOTES:The El Dorado Fire Unified Incident Commanders continue to ask visitors to 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:  https://bigbearfire.com/

SAN BERNARDINO NATIONAL FOREST RECREATION CLOSURES:The entire Forest was closed to all public use at 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 7.  Please see https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/sbnf/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD799192 for more information.


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