Tag: Cold Creek Incident

Clean-up of Cold Creek will be a slow process

Angelus Oaks, CA, April 28, 2013 – Highway 38 remains closed until further notice, as clean-up of a major fuel spill continues. The Public Information Officer for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), Andrew Hughan, said, “We know it’s a real inconvenience for people to have the highway closed, but it’s imperative that we get as much fuel out of Cold Creek as possible. The only way to do that is to keep the highway closed until we and the CHP feel it’s safe for both crews and the public.” Cold Creek runs just 15 feet from Highway 38, providing unfettered access to the gas and diesel that spilled from a tanker after it overturned. A division of the CDFW, the Office of Oil Spill Prevention and Response, called in 40 contractors immediately after the incident on April...

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Department of Fish & Wildlife continue assessment at Cold Creek

Angelus Oaks, CA, April 27, 2013 – A spokesperson for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) says they have much more territory to cover in their assessment of environmental impacts in Cold Creek. Thousands of gallons of gas and diesel were spilled in the area after a tanker truck overturned on Friday. Gasoline dissipates more quickly than diesel but is still fatally toxic to aquatic life. CDFW crew members are moving downstream slowly in difficult terrain, looking for diesel pooling and for impacts on insects and other animals. The truck has been up-righted, so Caltrans can now examine the roadside for contamination. Heavy, metal equipment combined with low humidity and petroleum’s high flammability means slow, methodical progress is crucial to avoid sparking a fire. San Bernardino County Fire and the U.S. Forest Service are on site to aid in any necessary fire suppression efforts. Highway 38 remains closed at Angelus Oaks until further...

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Route 38 closed between Angelus Oaks and Camp Cedar Falls

Angelus Oaks, CA, April 26, 2013 (1:45 p.m.) – The California Highway Patrol says the time frame for the reopening of Highway 38 is still unknown, but the closure section has shortened considerably. The thirty-mile closure has been reduced to a three-mile section of Route 38 from Angelus Oaks to Camp Cedar Falls near mile post marker 23. Angelus Oaks residents only can access Angelus Oaks from Route 38 at Valley of the Falls Drive.  Motorists and visitors traveling to Big Bear and the National Forest must use State Route 330, which is accessible from Interstate 210 in Highland, or use State Route 18 from either San Bernardino or Lucerne Valley. The Barton Flats recreation area can only be accessed from Big Bear.  At this time, no forest roads, trails or recreations facilities have been closed as a result of the highway closure. At approximately 9:35 a.m. today, a fuel tanker laden with gasoline and diesel fuel overturned on Route 38 below Angelus Oaks.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was called in, since some of the hazardous material ran into a...

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Closure point moved on Highway 38

Angelus Oaks, CA, April 26, 2013 (12:38) – At approximately 9:35 a.m., a fuel tanker laden with gasoline and diesel fuel overturned on State Route 38 near Angelus Oaks.  According to the CHP, an “unknown amount of fuel” has spilled into the surrounding area, and State Route 38 is closed due to the Hazardous Material Incident. Route 38 is closed from Valley of the Falls Road to Jenks Lake Road west (previously Lake Williams Road).  Motorists and visitors traveling to Big Bear and the National Forest need to use State Route 330, which is accessible from Interstate 210 in Highland, or use State Route 18 from either San Bernardino or Lucerne Valley. The Barton Flats recreation area can only be accessed from Big Bear.  At this time, no forest roads, trails or recreations facilities have been closed as a result of the highway closure. The “Cold Creek Incident” is being managed by the California Highway Patrol under unified command with Caltrans, San Bernardino County Fire Department, and the U.S. Forest Service. Here is a map showing the highway closure in purple, along with alternate routes to and from Big Bear. The tanker overturned at the area labeled “B”:   View Larger...

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