Correction: An earlier online version of this story had District Attorney Jason Anderson incorrect on the first two references. The Redlands Community News regrets the error.
District Attorney Jason Anderson is still considering bringing charges against the couple that accidently started the El Dorado Fire using a pyrotechnic device at a gender-reveal party on Sept. 5.
Anderson issued a statement in his monthly newsletter sent on Thursday, Oct. 1. He visited the El Dorado Fire Command Post in Yucaipa the day after Big Bear Hotshot Charles Morton died fighting the fire.
“I can indicate that since this began, we’ve had a lot of inquiry from the public about what we’re doing,” Anderson said. “The priority continues to be getting the fire out, protecting the safety of the residents who live here in the county, their structures, and to avoid any other loss of life.”
As of Thursday morning, the El Dorado Fire had burned 22,744 acres and was 93% contained.
The district attorney’s office cannot render any decisions as to what charges may be filed for the cause of this fire until all investigations are completed, said the statement. Until then, investigators will be working with the Sheriff’s Department and the individual fire agencies to navigate what future steps may occur.
“I want to assure people that this is very forefront of our minds,” Anderson said. “The El Dorado Fire is affecting many residents in the San Bernardino community, and the seriousness of the situation is not being overlooked.”
In a video posted on the DA’s website, Anderson said his office has had prosecutors at the command post since Day 1.
Anderson was elected San Bernardino County’s top law enforcement official in March 2018 when he defeated longtime DA Mike Ramos of Redlands.