Author: Cathy Herrick

Bridge Fire – Updated

UPDATE – 7/17/17 – 135 Firefighters are working on containment lines and suppression repair north of Greenspot Road north of the Iron Bridge near the City of Highland.  The fire has been mapped at 460 Acres and is 80% contained UPDATE – 7/16/17 – Bridge fire 70% contained, 460 acres.  A total of 300 Firefighters are working a wildland fire burning north of Greenspot Road north of the Iron Bridge near the City of Highland. UPDATE: 6:15 AM 7/15/17 – A total of 500 firefighters are assigned to the “Bridge” fire.   Hot temperatures and dry fuel will be the challenge...

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Lightening Strike Fire in Big Bear City

The Big Bear Fire Department has reported a small 10 x 10x spot fire on Pioneer near Greenway in Big Bear City this morning.  The fire was reported at 5:37am caused  by a lightening strike to a tree.  Crews from Big Bear Fire, County Fire and the Forest Service responded and are now in the mop up...

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Local Utility Scam Alert

Bear Valley Electric Service (BVES) is alerting customers to a current utility scam that seeks to swindle them out of their money by threatening to shut off their power if immediate payment is not received.  The imposters are calling customers posing as representatives of the power company and are using tactics to pressure customers into calling a phone number and surrendering credit card information.  “Unfortunately these types of utility scams have been growing nationally and have already affected many areas of Southern California,” BVES Director Paul Marconi said. “It is important for our customers to know it is against BVES’ policy to call customers and demand payment by threatening of shutting off their power.”  If a BVES customer feels they are being targeted by a scammer via phone, they should end the call immediately and call BVES Customer Service at (909) 866-4678 to verify their account status. Customers are also encouraged to contact the local San Bernardino County Sheriff’s office at (909) 866-0100 to report the incident.  If customers believe that they may have been a victim of this scam, they can report it online to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force at...

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Mart Fire in Highland

UPDATE: 7/3/2017, 3PM – There has been no change to the Mart Fire since Saturday.  The scope of fire remains at  670 acres with 95 percent containment. There are currently 125 firefighters assigned including 3 hand crews and 10 engines. UPDATE: 6/29/17, 12noon – The Mart Fire, which began around 3:18 PM on June 27th, is located east of San Bernardino, and north of Highland along Highway 330.  Highway 330 remains open.  The fire remains at 670 acres, with 40 percent containment.  There are currently 250 firefighters assigned including: 8 Hand crews, 18 Engines, and 2 Water Tenders.  The Mojave Air...

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BVES Planned Power Outage for SCE Repairs

(PHOTO DATED 6/20/17) 6/23/17, 4:30pm – Bear Valley Electric Press Release:  Due to damage caused by the Holcomb Fire to Southern California Edison’s (SCE) power lines that feed Big Bear Valley from Lucerne, SCE has been conducting repairs as efficiently as possible while minimizing interruptions to service.  Tomorrow, Saturday June 24, 2017, SCE will be attempting to replace a critical pole by utilizing a helicopter and the power supply from Lucerne.  SCE has notified Bear Valley Electric the estimated outage window will be from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm in order to safely complete this work. Actual times may...

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