El Dorado Fire nears containment

The fire is still smoldering near the San Bernardino Peak.

The El Dorado Fire continues to burn and as of Sept. 29, the wildfire has scorched 22,744 acres and was 93% contained. The biggest fire news this week was that all mountain communities were allowed to return home. As of Sept. 29, Forest Falls residents were allowed to return home with power from large generators provided by Southern California Edison. Some homes had internet and others were without.

After 24 nights of being evacuated from her home, Forest Falls resident Andrea Riley was thrilled to go home. Her home, like all the others in Forest Falls, was saved.

“ I was so sad driving home on the 38,” Riley said. “While I have nightmares and think it’s going to be a while before we are really OK, I am grateful that the whole town was saved. I am so thankful to everyone who made that possible. Thankful for the people that took me in and the Red Cross.”

This past week, critical fire weather continued to fan many fast-moving wildfires throughout the state. To date, over 18,700 firefighters continue to battle 27 major wildfires in California. Since the beginning of the year, there have been over 8,100 wildfires that have burned over 3.8 million acres in California.

Fire season isn’t over. California remains dry and ripe for wildfires. Local residents can sign up for the alerts and learn more about other ways to be ready for any emergency, by visiting www.ReadyForWildfire.org.

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