Author: Rick Herrick

Fire Tax Fee Dropped for Rural Areas of California

The much debated and often labeled as an illegal and redundant tax will soon be dropped as part of Assembly Bill 398 — the Global Warming Solutions Act.   Although not linked to global warming the fire tax elimination was a method to garner more votes from rural assembly members on both sides of the political spectrum.  For a large number of property owners in Big Bear they will be overjoyed with the news as many considered it an unnecessary fee derived in order to help shore up weakened state budgets.    Several state lawmakers including Retired State Senator George...

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Small fire seen from Lake Erwin – Fire Crews on Scene

Monday evening around 6:30 a vegetation fire was reported in the Sugarloaf area which was unrelated to an earlier structure fire in the town of Sugarloaf.   Big Bear Fire Department with Cal-Fire and Forest Service Fire responded.    The fire is being described as small but smoke may still be visible from the Erwin Lake area.  Air tankers and water dropping helicopters have been working with ground crews with good success.   Although we don’t have a size to report we were told that the local firefighters with Big Bear Fire were released and that with the cooler evening temperatures that...

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No Personal Fireworks – Additional Forest Restrictions

Big Bear Fire Department’s Assistant Chief-Fire Marshal Mike Maltby stated, “The only fireworks allowed in Big Bear is the professional 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular over the lake. No personal fireworks are allowed. Fire officials will be issuing citations with fines up to $1,000 for fireworks violations.” The Rotary Club of Big Bear Lake provides locals and visitors with a world class fireworks display on the evening of July 4th, visible from many vantage points in the Big Bear Valley. Sit back and enjoy the show with synchronized music on KBHR 93.3 and 102.5. Big Bear Fire Department encourages...

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July 4th Traffic Plan – No Left Turns on Big Bear Blvd

The July 4th event traffic plan will be in effect following this year’s fireworks celebration.  The City of Big Bear Lake with the enforcement efforts of the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department along with the California Highway Patrol want to help ease some of the traffic tangles that traditionally follow the fireworks show.   Motorists will make right hand turns only entering Big Bear Blvd. from Georgia to Temple Streets. Plan ahead and  park accordingly, depending on which way you will be leaving after the fireworks show.  If you will be traveling east after the show, motorists should park south of...

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Holcomb Fire – Contained

Update 6/30/17 – Eleven days after the Holcomb Fire broke out north of Baldwin Lake, the fire has reached full containment.  Forest Service Managers are now working to open impacted roads back to public use.   At its peak, approximately 1,100 firefighters from the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, San Bernardino County, CAL FIRE, Big Bear Fire and other local agencies were working to stop the fire’s growth.    No growth is expected on the 1,503 acre fire, however smoke from interior smoldering may linger in the high desert Update 6/27/17 – The Holcomb Fire is 95% contained.  The total...

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