It is not only unsafe, but illegal to go out on to the lake ice. The ice on Big Bear Lake never gets strong enough or thick enough to safely support those who walk on it and, should you or your pet fall through the ice, hypothermia is a real threat as the lake temperature is in the low 30s this week. If found out on the lake ice, you could be ticketed by either Lake Patrol of the Big Bear Municipal Water District or Big Bear Sheriff’s Station deputies, resulting in fines up to $500; local Citizens on Patrol volunteers will also be patrolling for violators. So, please don’t jeopardize your safety, or that of rescue personnel, by venturing out on to the ice on Big Bear Lake or Baker Pond. In the case of emergency, please call 911 and, if you see others on the ice, please warn them of the dangers.