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 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. https://wp.sbcounty.gov/sheriff/alerts/
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. ReadyforWildFire.org
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
|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
$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
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