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Winds expected to push flames this weekend at El Dorado fire

Breezy conditions are expected in the San Bernardino Mountains as firefighters attempt to hold the flames of the El Dorado fire outside of Angelus Oaks along Highway 38.

Winds from the west and southwest at 10 mph, gusting to 20 mph, are forecast, along with low humidity and high temperatures of 85 degrees.

The fire had burned 22,071 acres as of Saturday, Sept. 19. The containment percentage was reduced from 66 to 59. The fire remained south and east of Highway 38.

“Fire growth continues to the northeast and has slowed as it moves into the old Valley and Lake fire burn scars,” officials said.

Evacuation orders remain in effect for Angelus Oaks and Seven Oaks. Residents may return to Mountain Home Village and Forest Falls by presenting proof of residency, but they need to be ready to evacuate if necessary.

No evacuation advisories are in effect for Big Bear.

Highway 38 is closed between Bryant Street and Onyx Summit.

One person, a firefighter, has died in the blaze that has injured 12 others, destroyed four homes and damaged two others.

The El Dorado fire has been burning in the San Bernardino National Forest since Sept. 5, when, authorities say, the pyrotechnic was set off during a gender-reveal photoshoot at El Dorado Ranch Park in Yucaipa. No one has been arrested or charged.

Source: Orange County Register

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