Santa Ana winds caused the El Dorado Fire to flare up Tuesday evening to 11,479 acres, prompting new evacuation warnings. But KVCR’s Megan Jamerson reports crews were able to hold the perimeter overnight and increase containment to 19 percent.
Nearly 1,000 personnel are battling the El Dorado fire flames on Wednesday along with over 100 engines, six helicopters, and four fixed-wing airplanes.
An investigation of the number of structures affected by the fire and the extent of the damage is still underway. A number of roads continue to be closed including Highway 38 in both directions between Bryant Street and Angelus Oaks.
Officials say with dry vegetation and unpredictable winds, the fire could change at any time. The area is currently under a Red Flag Warning.
Portions of Mentone and western Yucaipa were under an evacuation warning as of Wednesday morning.
Officials say residents in those areas who need extra time to evacuate or have pets and livestock are advised to leave immediately.