Some of the same communities that were forced to evacuate last month for the Apple Fire have been ordered out again for the El Dorado Fire, burning above Yucaipa.
The El Dorado Fire started at 10:23 a.m. Saturday in El Dorado Ranch Park, just east of Yucaipa city limits. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Sunday that investigators found it had been started by “a smoke-generating pyrotechnic device, used during a gender-reveal party.”
By Monday morning, it had burned 7,386 acres. “Due to very dry vegetation, very steep terrain and very hot weather, the fire has been extremely active,” Sunday’s report from the San Bernardino National Forest said.
The red perimeter on the map above, the most recent released, is from Sunday.
Evacuations (in orange on the map) were ordered for Forest Falls, Mountain Home Village, Oak Glen and part of the city of Yucaipa — east of Bryant Street and north of Yucaipa Boulevard. (An earlier tweet had implied the order had been extended west of Bryant, but the evacuation map released Sunday evening by the Yucaipa police showed only neighborhoods east of Bryant.)
The national forest has also closed many picnic areas, trails and trailheads in the area, including all of the San Gorgonio Wilderness.
The Apple Fire started July 31 near Cherry Valley. The suspected cause is a vehicle emitting burning carbon from its exhaust pipe. It burned about 33,000 acres (51 square miles) and is close to full containment. Its perimeter is in yellow on the map.