Friday Update: Valley Fire Is 29% Contained; Weather Is Holding Area Burned To 1,400 Acres
UPDATED 7:00AM FRIDAY, JULY 13, 2018 The Valley Fire, which was first reported a week ago today in the San Bernardino National Forest along Highway 38 near Forest Falls, is 29 percent contained after having burned just under 1,400 acres. Authorities say the size of the area burned has been held in check by wet weather in the mountains this week. However, those showers and thunderstorms also caused mud and debris flows through some of the burn area, and that resulted in closures of portions of Highway 38 in the Forest Falls area yesterday, and the closure of Highway 18 closer to the Big Bear area for a while. Both Highways 18 and 38 are now open. Authorities ask Highway 38 drivers to be careful and to drive slowly through Mountain Home, Forest Falls, and Angelus Oaks to avoid stray debris, and also to watch out for fire vehicles and other heavy equipment still moving through the area as the containment effort continues. There are still more than 600 personnel, 13 engines, and 7 aircraft fighting the Valley Fire.