The El Dorado Fire has continued to burn in the same general area for the past few days, and the northern edge remains just south of SR 38, approximately 5 1/2 miles due south of Big Bear Lake. Fire personnel continue to work hard to contain the fire, and efforts are focused on preventing the fire from crossing SR 38. Thus far, their efforts have been successful, and the City greatly appreciates their diligent efforts.
The El Dorado Fire (thankfully) does not pose an imminent threat to Big Bear Lake at this time, but it remains a significant concern and we continue to closely monitor the threat to our community. City officials remain in close contact with Fire officials, and will adjust our guidance for our community if / when necessary due to changing conditions.
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.
The City encourages everyone to remain vigilant, continue to monitor the fire status, and plan accordingly if the fire threat escalates.
Map Below Courtesy of ESRI US Wildfire Reports - 5 pm 9/17/2020