Fast Burning El Dorado Fire forces evacuations in Oak Glen.

by Publisher CoachellaValley | September 5, 2020 3:24 pm

OAK GLEN, CA — A fast moving wildfire scorched 400 acres in the Oak Glen area, triggering evacuations for the City of Oak Glen Saturday morning. (Courtesy Morongo Fire Chief Kevin Gaines)

The blaze, dubbed the El Dorado Fire, was reported at about 10:25 a.m. in the 37000 block of Oak Glen Road, and, within an hour, it had scorched hundreds of acres driven by extreme heat and wind gusts, according to Cal Fire.

The City of Oak Glen was ordered to evacuate. Authorities have not yet said how many homes are threatened. A Massive plume of black smoke could be seen for miles around San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

The El Dorado fire erupted at El Dorado Ranch Park and prompted the evacuation of the following areas by late afternoon:

• Oak Glen

• Mountain Home Village

• Forest Falls

• Eastern areas of Yucaipa

In addition, an evacuation warning was in place for the north bench of Yucaipa. Road closures were also in place for Highway 38 at Bryant and Oak Glen Road between Wildwood Canyon Road and Casablanca Avenue. The San Gorgonio Wilderness trails and trailheads, Vivian Creek, Momyer, San Bernardino Peak have been closed, as well as the picnic areas of Falls and Thurman Flats and the Mill Creek drainage and off-trail areas of the San Gorgonio Wilderness south of the San Bernardino Peak ridge.

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