San Bernardino County Fire

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Windy conditions, low humidity and dry brush accelerated the El Dorado Fire in the San Bernardino Mountains Wednesday night. KVCR’s Megan Jamerson reports as of Thursday morning the blaze had burned 12,610 acres and is 23 percent contained.

San Bernardino County Fire officials say four homes have been lost but hundreds more were saved Wednesday evening by firefighting crews. More than 21,000 people have been evacuated so far.

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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.

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Firefighters are continuing their work to contain the El Dorado fire above Yucaipa—which has burned 10,574 acres and is 16 percent contained as of Tuesday. KVCR’s Megan Jamerson reports crews are bracing for the challenge of Santa Ana wind conditions.

The combination of low humidity and gusty winds of over 40 miles per hour will make containment of the El Dorado fire more challenging for crews through Wednesday evening. The Santa Ana winds could potentially spread the fire further west into the neighborhoods of Yucaipa and Mentone.

Lillian speaks with Kathleen Opliger, Interim Deputy Chief for San Bernardino County Fire and Incident Commander for the XBO Incident Management Team. Kathleen discusses efforts among our first responders to coordinate for safety and efficiency. Lillian also speaks with Officer Dan Olivas, Public Information Coordinator for the California Highway Patrol, Inland Division. He shares what’s happening on our highways as many residents shelter in place.

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San Bernardino County fire agencies are joining together to provide uninterrupted services during the coronavirus pandemic.

At a press conference in San Bernardino, county officials gave an update on how county fire agencies are working together to provide emergency services during the pandemic.

Eric Sherwin is a public information officer with the San Bernardino County Fire Department.

He says these incident management teams will coordinate the distribution of personal protective equipment for use in emergencies.