El Dorado Fire

4 Homes, More Than 22,500 Acres Burned in El Dorado Fire

Evacuation orders are still in place for areas affected by the El Dorado fire, which was ignited by a smoke device used at a gender reveal party.

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The El Dorado Fire continued to burn in the Yucaipa area of San Bernardino County after charring more than 22,588 acres, while firefighters held onto a 60% containment late Monday night.

Evacuation Orders remain in effect for residents from Angelus Oaks up to Onyx Summit, while residents of Mountain Home Village and Forest Falls have been allowed to return but are still under an evacuation warning, according to CAL Fire. 

Highway 38 is closed between Bryant St. to the south and Onyx Summit to the north, the department said. 

The El Dorado Fire began on Sept. 5 during triple-digit heat about 25 miles east of San Bernardino. It was caused by a smoke device used at a gender reveal party held during a weekend of high fire danger throughout California.

A firefighter died while battling the blaze on Thursday, though their identity has not been revealed to the public. 

"California owes so much to the firefighters that put their lives on the line to keep us safe," Gov. Gavin Newsom said. "This death is a stark reminder of that heroism. Our hearts are with this firefighter’s family, loved ones, and fellow firefighters during this tragic time."

CAL Fire also reported twelve injuries as a result of the blaze. Four houses were destroyed while another two were damaged. Ten other structures sustained damages or were completely destroyed. 

Officials asked visitors to consider rescheduling visits to the Big Bear area due to fire activity, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service closed several national parks until further notice, including the San Bernardino National Forest where the fire rages.

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