Big Bear Valley, CA, July 21, 2010, 3:06pm – Earlier today US Forest Service hand crews extinguished a small fire described as a snag fire that was a result of last week’s thunderstorms and lightening in the San Bernardino Mountains today with the assistance of a helicopter.  The fire never was a threat to the Big Bear Valley and smoke from this small fire was not visible to residents in Big Bear.  The fire was located near Van Dusen Canyon located north of the Big Bear Valley and south of Lucerne.  This type of lightening related fire often take days and in some cases, such as this one, over a week to manifest itself into an actual fire.