Drift smoke from the Cottonwood fire, near Hemet and Cranston, is visible today in the Big Bear Valley.  This fire is not considered to be a threat to Big Bear.  Also of note, the Big Bear Hotshots, a division of firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service, were instrumental in completing a successful firing operation last night on the Cottonwood fire, which is holding, or preventing growth, of fire toward Idyllwild as of this morning.