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Man and his dog plucked from San Bernardino County creek after driving past barricade

December 22, 2010 |  6:52 pm

A man and his dog were rescued Wednesday evening in the San Bernardino National Forest after the man drove around a barricade and into a surging creek, officials said.

The vehicle was stuck in the middle of Lytle Creek.  The area northwest of San Bernardino had been saturated with more than 26 inches of rain since storms began striking the region Thursday.

"He went around a barricade," San Bernardino County Fire Department spokeswoman Tracey Martinez told The Times.

She said department swift-water rescuers had plucked several drivers from the storm-swollen Mojave River on Tuesday after they drove around barricades.

"We really want to remind people that barricades are placed for their safety," Martinez said.

-- Robert J. Lopez