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El Dorado fire erupts in Oak Glen

Saturday, Sept 5 2020

This morning a fire erupted in Oak Glen and has grown at a dangerously fast rate of spread. Part of the fire is climbing up toward the Yucaipa Ridge and has grown to a size of about 800 acres in a matter of hours.

The Forest Service has evacuated Thurman Flats picnic area, as well as the communities of Mountain Home Village and part of Forest Falls.

This afternoon, the Forest Service issued instructions closing part of the San Gorgonio wilderness until further notice. Currently closed are the Vivian Creek, Momyer and San Bernardino peak trails. All permits have been cancelled and volunteers are calling all permit holders to spread the word. Other areas may be closed without warning. Probably a good idea not to intentionally put yourself in the path possible danger right now.

The CHP has closed highway 38 at Bryant on the south and at Lake Williams on the north. They are only allowing residents through with identification, so visitors cannot get into the any of the wilderness area, but people already there can get out.

If you do not need to be in this area, please stay away and reduce the traffic congestion so emergency vehicles have a chance to get through.

For more details about the fire, go to the Inciweb incident page at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7148/

Cal Fire has setup a phone number for public information at 909-383-5688.

More information will be added here when it is available.

Apple Fire Closure

>>>>>ATTENTION<<<<<

Due to the ongoing Apple fire the San Gorgonio Wilderness, Pacific Crest trail from hwy 10 to Onyx Summit, falls picnic area, feeder trails to the wilderness and wilderness trailhead parking lots are closed. This closure is in effect until further notice. For further information see the San Bernardino National Forest Web site.

Currently issued Permits have been suspended and we are not issuing new permits until the closure is lifted.

Increased Fire Restrictions

The Forest Service has issued a new order increasing the fire restrictions in the San Bernardino National Forest.

Fires are not allowed in the forest except in Forest Service Provided fire rings in designated camp grounds – Yellow Post fire rings are no longer allowed to be used.

Barbecues provided at Forest Service Picnic areas continue to be allowed but you cannot bring your own charcoal barbecue

Other restrictions also apply.

More details can be viewed on the San Bernardino National Forest Website

(Now if only we can get the Apple Fire to comply…..)

Apple Fire threatens San Gorgonio Wilderness

>>>ATTENTION<<<<<< Effective August 1, the Forest Service has closed areas of the forest until further notice. Hiking and camping in the San Gorgonio Wilderness as well as the Pacific Crest Trail from Highway 10 to Baldwin Lake is off limits due to the threat posed by the Apple Fire. We will update this post again when conditions change. Please stay out of the area until the fire threat has been resolved.

July 31 around 4:30 PM a fire erupted in Cherry Valley, south of the San Gorgonio Wilderness and overnight it grew to over 1900 acres with 0% containment. The Forest Service has asked SGWA to put out a warning to visitors to be aware that the southern border of the wilderness is under threat and it would be wise not to put yourself in danger by hiking or camping in the wilderness at this time.

Updates on the status of the fire can be obtained either on the CalFire Riverside incident page or on the San Bernardino National Forest Twitter page

Virtual Ranger Talks

Now available in the Events menu are Virtual Ranger talks. Videos of a few of the talks we would be doing at the Greyback Amphitheater if this year had been different. We hope to be adding more soon, but in the meantime enjoy these offerings and watch for new videos in the future. Virtual Ranger Talk Page

2019 Summer season ends

Labor Day marks the end of the Summer season at the Mill Creek Visitor center. Business hours for the Mill Creek Visitor Center beginning Saturday Sept 7th until Memorial Day 2020 will be:

Thursday – Monday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Office is closed Tuesday and Wednesday

Contact us at Mill Creek during those days and hours with any questions.

2019 Summer Season begins

Barton Flats
Due to damage from the Feb 14 flash floods, the Barton Flats Visitor Center remains closed until further notice.

Mill Creek Visitor Center
Mill Creek Summer hours begin on Saturday May 25, 2019

Throughout the Summer season, Mill Creek Visitor Center hours will be:

Thursdays and Fridays – 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Saturdays and Sundays – 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Mill Creek Visitor Center is closed Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Camps and trails are getting crowded and filling up. Be sure to plan your trip well in advance, especially if you plan to go on the weekends. If you need help, please call the Mill Creek Visitor Center at 909-382-2882.

Valley Fire Closure Modified – Some trails reopened

Update: August 14,2018. Forest Service has revised the Valley Fire Closure to reopen some trails effective Wednesday Aug 15, 2018

Officials with San Bernardino National Forest today issued a new forest order modifying the Valley Fire Closure Area. The announcement on the Forest Service website, effective Wednesday, August 15, 2018, reopens a portion of the San Gorgonio Wilderness, but keeps trails closer to the burn area closed.

The closed area includes the following trails: San Bernardino Peak, Forsee Creek, Momyer trace trail to San Bernardino Peak, as well as the ridgeline from San Bernardino Peak to Dollar Lake Saddle. Refer to the revised closure map.

As of Aug 14th, the fire containment is at 82%, but continues to smolder. We recommend that you be aware of conditions around the mountains at anytime regardless of the Valley Fire. If conditions become threatening, please take your safety into first consideration: the mountain will be there later – keep yourself safe so you can enjoy it.

As before, residents and visitors to the area may continue to see smoke for the coming weeks. Hikers with questions about the closure can call the Mill Creek Visitor Center at 909-382-2882, Thursdays through Mondays. To keep updated on the Valley Fire, check Inciweb, the forest service Twitter account and the Valley Fire Updates Facebook group.

Mill Creek Visitor Center will resume processing permit requests for the reopened areas when we reopen on Thursday the 16th. The Permit request forms are in the process of being reactivated and will be available shortly.

Valley Fire affects access to mountains

Updates as of 7 PM Wednesday 7/11/18:

– 1348 acres, 24% containment

– Highway 38 has reopened in both directions. Please use caution as firefighting aircraft and equipment may be working in the area. Additionally, Caltrans will have intermittent traffic stops to complete storm related rock / debris removal along Highway 38 .

All hiking trails accessing the San Gorgonio Wilderness Area continue to be closed.

Please consider all existing permits as cancelled until further notice

Further updates as they become available.

Friday July 6 3PM:

Brush fire has erupted near Highway 38 and Valley of the Falls Dr. At 3PM the burn area was estimated to be between 50 and 100 acres and is heading uphill at a fast rate and has a potential to threaten the San Gorgonio Wilderness area.

San Bernardino National Forest Service has issued mandatory evacuations for the trail areas of Momyer and Vivian Creek as well as the day use areas in Forest Falls.

Highway 38 is currently closed between Bryant St (next to Mill Creek Visitor Center) and Angeles Oaks. Accessibility to the mountains will not be possible from Highway 38 until it is reopened.

We will be trying to contact everyone with permits for these areas to advise against trying to enter the area. San Bernardino Peak trail was not included in the evacuation, but we are also advising against entering that area due to the increasing danger at this time.

For both the #ValleyFire and #BoxFire, residents, visitors, commuters, etc can a call the fire information center at (909) 383-5688

2018 Summer Season begins

Barton Flats
The Barton Flats Visitor Center opens starting Thursday May 24 2018. Visitor Center Hours are:

Thursday – Sunday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Barton Flats Visitor Center is closed Monday – Wednesday

Mill Creek Visitor Center
Mill Creek Summer hours begin on Saturday May 26, 2018

Throughout the Summer season, Mill Creek Visitor Center hours will be:

Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays – 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Saturdays and Sundays – 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Mill Creek Visitor Center is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Camps are getting crowded and filling up. Be sure to plan your trip well in advance, especially if you plan to go on the weekends. If you need help, please call the Mill Creek Visitor Center at 909-382-2882.