Weather Alert

El Dorado Fire Now 19% Contained

New Evacuation Warning is in effect as of 9 pm Sept 8th from Oak Glen Rd to Hwy 38 West of Bryant to Garnet. Evacuation routes via Hwy 38 West or Bryant St. South. There is a potential threat to life and/or property.  Those who require additional time to evacuate, and those with pets and livestock should leave now.   Please watch @SBCountySheriff on twitter for additional updates.

7 a-m update Weds Sept 9th 2020:

The El Dorado Fire burning near Oak Glen north of Yucaipa has scorched 11,479 acres and is 19% contained.

The fire was caused by a smoke device that ignited brush during a gender-reveal family photo shoot Saturday morning September 5th 2020  at Yucaipa’s El Dorado Ranch Park, according to Cal Fire investigators.

No injuries have been reported. An outbuilding was destroyed over the weekend, but no other damage has been reported.

The U.S. Forest Service still has evacuation orders  in place for  Cherry Valley, along with parts of San Bernardino County including Oak Glen and Forest Falls.

An evacuation warning was in place for Beaumont Avenue east to Hillside Place in the Highland Springs area, to the Apple Fire burn perimeter to the north and Cherry Valley Boulevard to the south. An evacuation warning means the probability of an evacuation order being issued is high, and
residents should be prepared to leave.

The American Red Cross set up a reception site to assist evacuees at Redlands East Valley High School, 31000 E. Colton Ave.

Despite cooler temperatures Monday night, firefighters braced for the arrival of increased winds Tuesday through Wednesday, with gusts between 35 and 45 mph expected from the east and northeast, and wind speeds reaching 55 mph in some areas, fire officials said.

Red flag warnings are in effect  through Wednesday evening, which could prompt an expansion of evacuation orders farther south and west of current evacuation areas, according to the U.S. Forest
Service.

There are 649 firefighters working the blaze, being aided by six Cal Fire aircraft and six water-dropping
helicopters.

The U.S. Forest Service says smoke from the blaze would likely continue to affect portions of the Inland Empire and the San Gorgonio Pass, and the Coachella Valley.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District issued a smoke advisory for some parts of Riverside County due to the fire.

Residents who see ash or smell smoke were urged to limit their exposure by remaining indoors with windows and doors closed or seeking alternate shelter, and avoiding vigorous physical activity.

Several national forests were temporarily closed Monday, including the San Bernardino National Forest and the Cleveland National Forest, due to the ongoing fire danger across the state. The order will be re-evaluated daily as conditions change, officials said.

A  map of the evacuation area in Riverside County can be found at
www.rivcoready.org/ActiveEvents.

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To the west is the Bobcat Fire, burning more than 10-thousand acres, and 0% contained. It started on Sunday afternoon September 6th 2020, and the communities of MONROVIA, ARCADIA, SIERRA MADRE, BRADBURY, ALTADENA, DUARTE, and PASADENA are currently under an Evacuation Warning.  The Unified Incident Command of the Angeles National Forest, Los Angeles County Fire Department, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and cooperating agencies are coordinating public safety messages to alert residents in the foothills area below the fire to be prepared to evacuate, as there continues to be fire growth.

 

Photo from U S Forest Service and Inciweb


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