The El Dorado Fire has remained in the same general area over the last 24 hours, and still (thankfully) does not pose an imminent threat to Big Bear Lake at this time. City officials remain in close contact with Fire officials, continue to monitor the threat to Big Bear Lake, and will adjust our guidance for our community if / when necessary due to changing conditions.
Fire personnel report that the fire burned at low intensity last night, and has enabled crews to continue work on containment strategies aimed at preventing the fire from crossing SR 38. The fire has not crossed SR 38, and the northern edge of the fire is still currently burning just south of SR 38 and just east of Angelus Oaks near San Bernardino Mountain. The fire is currently burning approximately 6 miles (as the crow flies) due south of Boulder Bay and City Hall.
Much of the terrain between the El Dorado Fire and the City of Big Bear Lake is steep and rugged, and SR 38 and the Santa Ana River are key trigger points for future Fire management decisions. IF the El Dorado Fire crosses SR 38, it is possible that an evacuation warning will be issued. IF the fire crosses the Santa Ana River, it is possible that an evacuation order will be issued. Fire personnel are working hard to contain the fire south of SR 38, however, and we remain hopeful they will be able to effectively contain the fire in that area and avoid any more serious threat to Big Bear Lake.
Map Below Courtesy of ESRI US Wildfire Reports - 12 noon 9/16/2020