San Bernardino County District Attorney Jason Anderson is considering charges against a couple who started the El Dorado Fire by setting off a pyrotechnic device at a gender-reveal celebration on Sunday morning, Sept. 5.
Anderson said he is aware of the community’s concerns regarding the origin of the El Dorado Fire.
“Our priority is supporting the agencies fighting the fire and keeping the community safe,” Anderson said. “If investigative reports are filed with our office, we will review all facts, evidence, statements, and reports to determine what criminal charges, if any, need to be filed.”
As of Friday, the fire had burned 13,715 acres and was 31 percent contained, according to Cal Fire. Ten structures have been destroyed and six have been damaged.
“The fire continues to progress slowly down slope as it backs down into Forest Falls,” said the press release. “The hard work by fire resources over this last week is allowing for a successful defense of structures. Fire resources are continuing to prepare structures in Angelus Oaks by increasing defensible space around structures and building indirect hand line.”
On the southern portion of the Yucaipa Ridge, in the Yucaipa and Oak Glen areas, the fire line was holding with flare-ups and burning in the interior of the fire perimeter. Fire resources will continue to strengthen the fire line by actively mopping up any hot spots.
Several roads are still closed and evacuations remained between Angelus Oaks and Onyx Summit evacuate via Highway 38 north to Big Bear Valley, portions of Yucaipa and all of Oak Glen, Mountain Home Village and Forest Falls.
There were 1,244 firefighters battling the blaze with 179 engines, six helicopters, 13 water tenders and 12 bulldozers.