El Dorado Fire

Yucaipa Medic Engine 553 on the scene, Sept. 5.

Update: as of Sept. 11, the El Dorado Fire is at 13,715 acres is  31% contained.

The latest press release as of 10 a.m., Friday Sept. 11;  fire crews made great progress last night in the containment of the El Dorado Fire with favorable downslope winds that allowed crews the opportunity to continue fire line construction and strengthening the fire perimeter in all areas around the fire.

Northern portion of the Yucaipa Ridge:  Ground crews will continue working to secure the fire line on the western edge of the fire and making a direct attack with handlines to protect Mountain Home Village. Above Hwy 38, the fire was held at the dozer line and allowed crews to continue  building containment line at the fire’s edge.  Aircraft will continue providing water and retardant drops today to assist crews on the ground if visibility is good.

The fire continues to progress slowly downslope as it backs down into Forest Falls. The hard work by fire resources over this last week is allowing for a successful defense of structures.

Fire resources are continuing to prepare structures in Angelus Oaks by increasing defensible space around structures and building indirect hand line.

On the southern portion of the Yucaipa Ridge (Yucaipa & Oak Glen areas):  The fire line is holding with flareups and burning in the interior of the fire perimeter.  Fire resources will continue to strengthen the fire line by actively mopping up any hot spots.

Today the wind will transition back to an up-canyon wind at 8 to 10 mph gusting to 18 mph.  The air and fuels remain dry and ready to ignite.  Fire remains active with a potential for large growth when in alignment with canyons.  Fire resources will continue building containment lines and directly attacking the fire from the air and ground.

The evacuation warning and order remain in effect for portions of Mentone and Yucaipa. Residents of Angelus Oaks, 7 Oaks, Barton Flats up to Onyx Summit are under an Evacuation order.  Please review the Evacuation Warnings and Orders at the end of this update to determine if you live in an evacuated area.

The San Bernardino County Sheriffs department and the El Dorado Fire Unified Incident Commanders continue the advisory for visitors to consider rescheduling planned visits to the Big Bear area due to fire activity.

Neighbors, please stay vigilant and check Inciweb, Twitter and Facebook for changes on the #ElDoradoFire. There are physical signboards at the Stater Bros. shopping center in Beaumont at 1430 Beaumont Ave., 1775 east Lugonia Ave. in Redlands near the Starbucks and 11365 Bryant St. Yucaipa in the Stater Bros shopping center.

CLOSURES AND EVACUATIONS

ROAD CLOSURES

  • Highway 38 is closed between Bryant St. to the south and Lake Williams Dr. to the north
  • Topaz St. is closed at Bryant St. to eastbound traffic
  • Juniper Ave. is closed at Bryant St.
  • Carter St. is closed at Bryant St.
  • Ivy is closed at Bryant St.
  • Northbound Fremont St. is closed at Oak Glen Rd.
  • Eastbound Oak Glen Road is closed at northbound Cherry Croft
  • Eastbound Oak Glen Road is Closed at Casablanca
  • Oak Glen Rd. is closed at Wildwood Cyn.
  • Pendleton Rd. is Closed at Oak Glen Rd.
  • Fremont St is closed at Carter St.

EVACUATIONS:

Evacuation Orders:

•  All areas between Angelus Oaks and Onyx Summit evacuate via Hwy 38 north to Big Bear.

•  The following portion of Yucaipa and all of Oak Glen:  All homes and businesses north and east of this line:  from the intersection of Hwy 38 and Bryant to Carter, south on Jefferson to Ave E south to Wildwood Canyon Road to the intersection with Oak Glen.

•  Mountain Home Village and Forest Falls

Evacuation Warning:

For portions of Mentone and Yucaipa:  the areas bounded by the following streets remain in an evacuation warning:  North of Oak Glen Road, West of Bryant, South of Highway 38 and East of Garnet.

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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