El Dorado Fire: Firefighters continue battling 11,259-acre blaze near Yucaipa with 19% containment

Wednesday, September 9, 2020
El Dorado Fire burns over 10,000 acres near Yucaipa
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Crews continued their efforts to gain control over the El Dorado Fire near Yucaipa, which has burned through more 10,000 acres, officials said Tuesday.

YUCAIPA, Calif. (KABC) -- Crews continued their efforts to gain control over the El Dorado Fire in the San Bernardino National Forest near Yucaipa, which has burned through more 11,000 acres, officials said Tuesday.

The blaze erupted on Saturday morning in the 37000 block of Oak Glen Road. Fire officials quickly determined that it was caused by a smoke-generating pyrotechnic device that was used during a gender reveal party in the area.

The flames caught nearby grass and spread from there amid triple-digit temperatures across most of Southern California.

It has grown to 11,259 acres as of Tuesday evening and containment is listed at 19%. An additional evacuation warning was issued shortly before 9 p.m. Tuesday for the area of Oak Glen Road to Highway 38, west of Bryant Street to Garnet Street, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.

Those who need additional time to evacuate and those with pets and livestock were advised to leave immediately. Authorities warned there is "potential threat to life and/or property."

Fire crews were trying to push the flames toward where the Apple Fire burned last month in the hopes that the burn scar will stop its forward progress.

When it first ignited, the fire quickly prompted evacuation orders, many of which still remain in effect.

Fire officials said they expect for winds to pick up in the area Tuesday night.

Even though the fire has burned past Oak Glen, there was fear that shifting winds could bring the flames back.

A Red Flag warning was in effect.

Road closures were in place for Highway 38 at Bryant Street in Yucaipa and the community of Angelus Oaks, and Oak Glen Road at Pine Bench Road on the east and Cherry Croft/Jefferson on the west.

More than 600 personnel were battling flames, along with 60 engines, three fixed-wing aircraft and six helicopters, according to the San Bernardino National Forest.

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