Source: California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Information and Press Release):
Pictures: CAL FIRE San Bernardino Unit Public Information and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Yucaipa Patrol Station (Courtesy):
Yucaipa, California: Firefighters continue to battle the El Dorado Fire that has burned 7,050 acres as of Sunday, September 6th, 2020.
The mountain vegetation fire has sent many residents in the area fleeing from their homes under mandatory evacuation orders.
The following areas remain under evacuation include Oak Glen, Hwy 38 Area of Mountain Home Village and Forest Falls, North Bench Yucaipa (All Resident north of Yucaipa Blvd, East of Bryant, and south of Hwy 38, and all residents North of Carter, west of Bryant, and South of Highway 38).
An evacuation warning remains in effect for North Bench Yucaipa (west of Jefferson Street north of Oak Glen Road, east of Bryant Street, south of the Yucaipa Ridge).
An evacuation center has been established at a Red Cross reception site located at the Yucaipa Community Center at 34900 Oak Glen Road in Yucaipa, 92399.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has released publicly the determine cause of the El Dorado Fire.
“CAL FIRE Law Enforcement has determined the El Dorado Fire, burning near Oak Glen in San Bernardino County, was caused by a smoke generating pyrotechnic device, used during a gender reveal party,” California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said in their press release adding, “Those responsible for starting fires due to negligence or illegal activity can be held financially and criminally responsible.”
The fire began at 10:23 a.m. PT on Saturday, September 5th, 2020 in the El Dorado Ranch Park in Yucaipa, and spread from the park to the north on to Yucaipa Ridge that separates Mountain Home Village and Forest Falls from the City of Yucaipa.
The fire is at 5 percent containment and has more than 600 personnel battling the flames.
The fire also prompted road closures, which include Highway 38 at Bryant St. in Yucaipa and the community of Angelus Oaks; Oak Glen Rd. between Pine Bench Rd. and Cherry Croft Dr.; Bryant Street North of Yucaipa Blvd; and a soft closure on Highway 38 at Lake Williams Dr. (south of Big Bear, CA) to warn drivers of the closure in Angelus Oaks.
The El Dorado Fire as well as other massive fires burning across California on Sunday prompted California Governor Gavin Newsom to declare a state of emergency for several counties, including San Bernardino.
CAL FIRE reminds the public that with the dry conditions and critical fire weather, it doesn’t take much to start a wildfire.
For more information about how you and your family can prepare for wildfire visit: https://www.readyforwildfire.org/