Tag: Highway 38

Mill Fire at 200+ Acres

Mentone, CA, June 28, 2013 – The Mill Fire is up to at least 200 acres near the Mill Creek Ranger Station. Some structures have been lost in Mentone and evacuations are in effect there; there is no threat to the Big Bear Valley. Motorists are allowed out of Big Bear via Highway 38, but should expect delays at the bottom of the mountain due to traffic detours. The fire is burning north of Mill Creek Road in the Santa Ana riverbed and has not yet reached any forest boundary. Smoke from the Mill Fire may be visible in the Big Bear Valley later this...

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Earlier Than Expected, Highway 38 Is Now Open!

Angeles Oakes, CA, April 29, 2013 – Earlier than expected, CalTrans has informed KBHR that Highway 38 is now open to traffic in both directions.  Traffic control will take place in the coming days as the US Forest Service and CA Fish and Wildlife continue hazardous fuel clean-up...

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Highway 38 Expected to Re-Open by 10pm

Angeles Oakes, April 29, 2013 – According to Caltrans, Highway 38 is expected to re-open by 10pm tonight.  Additional excavation and work will take place in the coming days by the US Forest Service and CA Fish and Wildlife to clean the remainder of the hazardous fuel spill which occurred Friday morning, April 26th after a fuel tanker overturned below Angeles Oakes depositing an estimated 4,000 gallons of fuel onto the roadway and surrounding...

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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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