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Travel Advisory for Big Bear Lifted

Per incident commanders on the El Dorado fire, the evacuation advisory for the Big Bear area has been lifted. Likewise, the travel advisory for tourists has also been lifted and though we are able to welcome visitors into town, the San Bernardino National Forest remains closed as well as Highway 38 from Bryant Ave. to Lake Williams Dr. in Big Bear City.

Our goal moving forward is to remind visitors of the importance of safe traveling, from COVID-19 precautions to fire safety measures.

Incident commanders wish to thank the local communities for their patience, understanding and support as firefighters continue their efforts to fully contain the El Dorado Fire.

El Dorado Morning Update for September 23, 2020

El Dorado Fire Wildfire
News – 9:00am

Overnight, fire activity lessened due to cooler temperatures and higher humidity. Firefighters continue to find
hot spots up slope from Hwy 38 below the 5000’ level and near the west fork of Barton Creek. Firefighters
continue to build and re-enforce containment lines, attack flare ups and mop-up. While, good progress is being
made in these critical areas, trees that are burning out could fall across containment lines. Crews are addressing
these hazardous trees throughout the day.

Fuels remain critically dry, spot fires, and rolling hot material continue to be of concern as containment lines
remain at risk due to hot rolling material along the Hwy 38 corridor.

The large rock and debris slide that had caused the closure of Highway 38 between mile marker 16 and 17 has
somewhat stabilized with less rocks coming down onto the roadway. The highway remains open only to
emergency vehicles. Caltrans continues to patrol the highway and clear rocks and debris.

The El Dorado Fire started on September 5, 2020, in El Dorado Park located in the Yucaipa/Oak Glen area of
Southern California, which is protected by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, CAL FIRE.
Prior to the fire, Southern California was experiencing a series of heat waves. On the day of the fire, there was
record breaking temperatures across the region. Due to the dry conditions and grass covered hills, the fire
spread rapidly onto Forest Lands in the San Bernardino National Forest. With a record number of fires
throughout California, fire resources were limited.

WEATHER: High pressure will continue across the area through the end of the week with dry conditions. Winds
will be generally light with typical daytime patterns Temps in the fire area are forecasted to be 79-84 degrees.
ROAD CLOSURES: Highway 38 between Bryant St. to the south and Onyx Summit to the north. Residents of
Forest Falls and Mountain Home Village will be allowed through with proof of residency.

EVACUATIONS: Incident commanders continue daily to assess the risk to effected communities. firefighters are
working hard in the area and conditions are improving; however, evacuation orders remain in effect for
residents from Angelus Oaks up to Onyx Summit. Residents of Mountain Home Village and Forest Falls have
been allowed to return but, remain under an evacuation warning. Please monitor official sources for any
changes: San Bernardino National Forest, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, the CAL FIRE San
Bernardino Unit, and San Bernardino County Fire.

Residents as you return home, please keep in mind that there will be firefighting personnel, heavy equipment
and other cooperators working in the area and be aware of existing hazards. Please drive with EXTREME caution.
Slow down, do not tailgate, obey all traffic laws and expect possible traffic delays.

Updated evacuation information:
Be prepared for disaster. The Ready San Bernardino County app will help you prepare and plan for how to
respond to a disaster in your area.

TRAVEL NOTES: San Bernardino National Forest remain closed, there is no mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, or camping allowed.

All camps within the San Bernardino National Forest remain closed.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FOREST CLOSURES: All four Forests in Southern California, the Cleveland, San
Bernardino, Angeles, and Los Padres remain closed to all public use due to the extreme fire conditions and
critical limitations on firefighting resources. Regional Order No. 20-12 Emergency Forest Closure

RETURNING HOME AFTER A WILDFIRE: Although wildfire damage can be immeasurable, the danger is not over
after the flames are put out. Flash flooding and debris flows, structural damage, road instability, and damaged
trees are just some of the dangers that exist after a wildfire.



There are many things to do in Big Bear where you can avoid crowds and continue to comply with social distancing. Please read the bullet points of requirements and link to activities and things to do in Big Bear.

Prepare for heavy traffic – use alternate routes when possible (Hwy 38 and Hwy 18 through Lucerne Valley are often less traveled)

Bring your own food and supplies from home

Outdoor dining and take out only at Restaurants

Only one person at check-in, mask required

Stay with social circle in small group

Avoid crowds and practice social distancing

There are open areas to stay safe & enjoy outdoor activities

$250 Fine and Eviction if ordnance code call on any of the following 24/7

  • Disturbing The Peace
  • Over guest occupancy
  • Over car occupancy

We are Open 

Big Bear Vacations Guests

Following San Bernardino County’s lead vacation rentals are now permitted to operate in the City of Big Bear Lake. No gatherings or parties are permitted, and all guest groups should maintain 6 ft. separation from others should wear face coverings when interacting with other groups or individuals and should practice frequent hand washing and personal hygiene.

ALL vacation rental guests should bring their own food and supplies from their home community. PLEASE don’t crowd our grocery stores, and help us preserve essential food and supplies for the residents of the Big Bear Valley. Vacation rental guests are encouraged to order take-out or delivery from local restaurants, who are eager to serve you. Face coverings should be worn when interacting with restaurant staff.

Policies for Big Bear Vacation Rentals
Homes are disinfected prior to check-in using a 68 point checklist.
We cannot enter the property for any reason once the guest has checked in – this means we will troubleshoot all issues via email, text, and phone.

$250.00 fine and eviction if ordnance code call on any of the following 24/7

Disturbing the peace, over guest occupancy, over car occupancy

Keep our community safe and keep our community open by following guidelines and being respectful to neighbors.

Keep Our Community Safe and Open by following guidelines


Big Bear Vacations Cleaning Check List


  1. Clean counter tops / Limpiar mostradores
  2. Clean exterior of all appliances & items on countertops (toaster, handles, coffee maker, etc.) / Limpiar todos los aparatos de cocina
  3. Clean inside and outside of the microwave / Limpiar dentro y fuera del microondas
  4. Run water in all sinks to ensure traps are filled / Deje corer agua en todos los lavamanos para asegurarse de que las trampas estén llenas
  5. Clean inside the oven & refrigerator-take out drawers if necessary / limpiar dentro del horno y refrigerador sacar cajones si es necesario
  6. Vacuum & mop floors / Barrer y trapear piso
  7. Empty, clean inside and out and re-line trash cans / Limpiar y vaciar botes de basura
  8. Clean sink / Limpiar fregadero
  9. Clean stove top and knobs / Limpiar estufa
  10. Clean kitchen table & chairs / Limpiar mesas y sillas
  11. Empty dishwasher and wipe down / Sacar platos del lavavajillas
  12. Make sure dishes are clean and put away in cabinets & drawers / Asegurarse que todos los platos esten limpios y en los gabinetes
  13. Check dishes in cabinets to make sure they are properly cleaned / Revisar que los platos en gabinetes estén limpios
  14. Close all blinds and dust / Cerrar todas las persianas y limpiar
  15. Clean inside pantry and discard opened food / Limpiar dentro de los gabinetes
  16. Check that all lights are working and report any that are not / Revisar que todos los focos estén funcionando y reportar los que no
  17. Check window sills for any signs of leaks, cob webs and dust report if necessary / Revisar el empaque de las ventanas
  18. Check windows are locked / Revisar que todas las ventanas tengan seguro puesto


  1. Clean vanity, sinks, toilets, shower/tub and fixtures / Limpiar lavabos, inodoros, ducha/bañera
  2. Sweep & mop floors / barrer y trapear el piso
  3. Clean mirrors and frame / Limpiar espejos
  4. Empty wastebaskets / Sacar basura
  5. Clean items on countertop (toothbrush holder, soap dish, lotion bottles, etc.)
  6. Throw away any used soap / Tirar a la basura jabón usado
  7. Replace toilet paper on holder / Reemplazar el papel higiénico
  8. Dust light fixtures / Sacudir artefactos de iluminación
  9. Flush each toilet 2 times to ensure it is properly working / Jale la palanca del inodoro dos veces para asegurarse de que este funcionando correctamente
  10. Visually inspect for leaks around toilet and sink / Inspeccione que no este tirando agua inodoro ni el lavabo
  11. Run water into all sink, shower and bathtubs for 20 seconds to fill traps / Deje corer el agua en la tina por 20 segundos para llenar las trampas
  12. Check corners, under counters and along baseboard for signs of pests while property was empty / Checar las esquinas por signos de plagas mientras la propiedad estaba vacía
  13. Light bulbs ____ / Focos ____


  1. Dust all furniture / Sacudir todos los muebles
  2. Dust blinds, ceiling fans / Sacudir las persianas y abanicos de techo
  3. Clean mirrors / Limpiar espejos
  4. Clean all windows and sills / Limpiar todas las ventanas
  5. Check windows for signs of leaks
  6. Strip beds and change sheets / Quitar sabanas y poner limpias
  7. Re-make beds with clean sheets / Tender camas con sabanas limpias
  8. Wipe down inside and out and check all drawers for any items left by renters / Revisar todos los cajones por cualquier articulo olvidado por rentadores
  9. Check, clean and dust under the bed for any trash / Revisar debajo de la cama por basura
  10. Close and dust all blinds or shutters / Cerrar todas las persianas
  11. Check all lights all functioning / Verificar que todas las luces

All Rooms

  1. Clean mirrors, glass surfaces and sliding glass doors in and out / Limpiar espejos y superficies de vidrio
  2. Dust & wipe off wall hangings, pictures, light fixtures & knick knacks / Sacudir decoraciones, fotos y lámparas
  3. Vacuum all rugs and carpet areas / Aspire todas las áreas de alfombras
  4. Clean off light switches & outlets / Limpiar interruptores de luz y enchufes
  5. Sweep baseboards / Narrer los rodapiés
  6. Empty trash in all rooms / Sacar basura de todos los cuartos
  7. Dust ceiling fans and blinds / Sacudir abanicos de techo y persianas
  8. Spot clean the walls, doorknobs, and light switches / Limpiar


  1. Sweep balcony (clean patio furniture / Barrer balcón sacudir los muebles
  2. Sweep off dusty cushions / Barrer cojines con polvo
  3. Clean or replace door mats / Limpiar o reemplazar tapetes de la entrada
  4. Clean the grill – inside and out and scrape off old food from knobs / Limpiar as adores por dentro también
  5. Turn grill on to ensure it works / Prenda asador para asegurarse que funcione
  6. Check condition of all bedroom pillows before placing pillow-cases on them. If stained, discolored or faded please replace immediately / Verifique el estado de todas las almohadas de la habitación antes de colocar fundas de almohada sobre ellas. Si está manchado, descolorido o desteñido reemplácelo de inmediato.
  7. Check all ceilings for signs of water damage / Revisar techos por señales de daños
  8. Set heater to 55 degrees in the winter, turn off in the summer / Prende el aire a 55 degrados durante el invierno y apagado durante el Verano
  9. Log onto Wi-Fi make sure you have data / Conectarse al wifi para

Every time be sure to do the following: / Siempre asegúrese de:

  1. Be sure to close all shutters, blinds and drapes / Cerrar cortinas y persianas
  2. Create work order of anything damaged in the house / Crear una orden de mtto por cosas dañadas
  3. Replenish supplies: / Reponer suministros
  4. Toilet paper in each bathroom / Papel sanitario en todos los baños
  5. Towles and bath matt / Servitoallas en la cocina
  6. Kitchen towle  / Por lo menos 1 garrafón de agua purificada
  7. Trash bags in all bines / Bolsas en todos los botes de basura
  8. Soap for dishwasher / Bolsa de jabón
  9. Dish soap, sponge / Jabón para los trastes, esponja y toalla para secar


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