Big Bear Valley, CA — In anticipation of the festivities surrounding Independence Day, revelers are reminded that all fireworks are illegal in the Big Bear Valley—this includes the City of Big Bear Lake, all unincorporated areas of the Valley governed by San Bernardino County, and the San Bernardino National Forest. Deputies of the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station, along with personnel of the U.S. Forest Service and local fire agencies conducted roving patrols during last year’s Fourth of July weekend, and did not arrest any individuals for possession of fireworks (though did make 11 arrests altogether, seven of which were issued to those driving or boating under the influence, and for being drunk in public). Given the threat of wildfire, particularly in the Big Bear Valley where we are particularly susceptible given our wildland-urban interface, the San Bernardino County Fire Department points out that when fireworks result in a fire, those responsible will likely face criminal charges, as well as liability for damages. But no need to possess illegal fireworks if celebrating the Fourth of July in Big Bear, as an amazing fireworks show will, as always, be presented over Big Bear Lake on the Fourth which, this year, falls on a Sunday.
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