After the mudslides, firefighters search for the lost resident Forest Falls in the San Bernardino Mountains – San Bernardino Sun

Firefighters were digging through several feet of mud on the afternoon of Tuesday, September 13, which engulfed a home in the San Bernardino Mountains community of Forest Falls, leaving one of the five dwelling occupants missing.

A Labrador from the Orange County Fire Service was jade the search area in an attempt to lead rescuers to the victim.

Battalion Chief Michael McClintock, a spokesman for the San Bernardino County Fire Department, said mud hit the two-story home on Prospect Road at about 4 p.m. Monday.

The mud created the garage and in front of the house. It damaged three other homes across the street and left a six-foot pile of rubble, including car-sized boulders, blocking the street.

Firefighters were alerted to the disaster by the other occupants of the house who said they were unable to find someone.

The state’s Office of Emergency Services called in crews from multiple agencies, including urban search and rescue teams from Pasadena, Santa Fe Springs and Donnie.

With a year-round population of about 1,000 people, Forest Falls is located in a valley 6,000 feet away on a hairpin bend that takes travelers via Interstate 38 to resort towns including Big Bear.

After being swept away by mudslides, Highways 38 and 18 in the San Bernardino Mountains reopened but other roads remain closed.

Eric Sherwin, a spokesman for the San Bernardino County Fire Department, said flooding has affected the scorching scar areas of the Apple and El Dorado fires since 2020. Debris flows have particularly hit Forest Falls and Oak Glen, Sherwin said.

At 6 p.m. Tuesday, the protective order in place expired Monday in Forest Falls, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. However, residents were only allowed into the area, and an evacuation order remains in effect from Canyon Drive to Prospect Drive, south of Falls Valley, police officials said.

In Oak Glen, all evacuation orders were lifted Tuesday evening, with only residents allowed into the Oak Glen and Chagnal Road area on Running Coil Road, the Sheriff’s Department said. Authorities said Potato Canyon Street remains closed until evening.

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

In Oak Glen, home to famous apple orchards, mud destroyed the Oak Glen Steakhouse and prompted the closure of a half-mile road from Oak Glen Road south of the restaurant, McClintock said.

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

This is an evolving story. . Please check back for updates

Staff photographer Will Lister contributed to this report.

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