The San Bernardino District Attorney’s Office has started investigating the El Dorado fire.
Earlier this week, the DA office received the completed investigation reports from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department on the El Dorado fire.
The assistant district attorneys assigned to the case will begin reviewing these reports, as well as CAL FIRE’s investigative reports and a review of all other reports and evidence.
A DA press release stated: “Although we know our community wants answers, we must carefully and thoroughly understand every aspect of this case so that we can make the appropriate decision, which we expect to make by March 1, 2021 at the latest. ”
According to the press release, the prosecutor thanked the public for their “understanding (of) the complexity and importance of this fire that has affected so many in our community”.
The El Dorado fire started on September 5, 2020 in El Dorado Park. Over a period of 23 days, the fire burned 22,680 acres in the Oak Glen / Yucaipa Ridge area and the San Gorgonio Wilderness Area of the San Bernardino National Forest.
The fire forced the evacuations of Oak Glen, North Yucaipa, Mountain Home Village, Forest Falls and Angelus Oaks for nearly a month. Four apartments were damaged, five apartments were destroyed and 15 other buildings were destroyed.