Highways 38 and 18 reopen in San Bernardino Mountains – San Bernardino Sun

Highways 38 and 18 have reopened in the San Bernardino Mountains after being overwhelmed by mudslides — but other roads remain closed on Tuesday, Sept. 13, authorities said.

Highway 38 reopened at 7:45 p.m. Monday, and Highway 18 followed at about 1 a.m. Tuesday, said Officer Ivan Sandoval, a California Highway Patrol spokesman.

The flooding affected the burn-scar areas of the Apple and El Dorado fires from 2020, said Eric Sherwin, a spokesman for the San Bernardino County Fire Department. Debris flows hit Forest Falls and Oak Glen particularly hard, Sherwin said.

Forest Falls resident Lloyd Sherman said ash was mixed in with the mud in the debris flows. He said power and water service were out.

Evacuation orders were made for Oak Glen residents from Casa Blanca Road to the county line, and south from Wild Lilac Point down to WildWood Canyon Road. Also, Forest Falls was ordered evacuated from Canyon Drive to Prospect Drive, south of Valley of the Falls, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said.

Those orders remained in place Tuesday and will last through at least Wednesday, Sept. 14, the Sheriff’s Department said.

An evacuation center was established at Redlands East Valley High, 31000 E. Colton Ave.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

Staff photographer Will Lester contributed to this report.

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