Mudslide From Wildfire Burn Scar Shuts Down California Highway

California’s Highway 38 was shut down in both directions in Angelus Oaks on Sunday, July 31, after flash flooding in a burn scar area caused mud and debris to cover the roadway.

The highway runs near the containment line for 2020’s El Dorado fire, an area with “greater risk of mudflows and flash floods” due to scarring, according to officials.

Caltrans said on July 31 that they were working to clear the debris from the roadway.

No injuries were reported

On Saturday, Yucaipa Police issued a warning for potential flash floods and mudslides in areas affected by the El Dorado fire.

Video filmed by Jim Van Matre shows rushing water and debris from a mudslide blocking motorists in both directions. Credit: Jim Van Matre via Storyful

Video transcript

[WATER RUSHING]

- You have to get out of--

- I know.

- You have to get out of--

- I--

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