Big Bear Valley, CA, May 13, 2011, noon – The Big Bear City Community Services District and the City of Big Bear Lake are celebrating their 4th and 5th year of participation, respectively, in the National Fire Protection Association’s Firewise Communities/USA program, a voluntary initiative to protect local residents, their property and natural resources from wildfires. In order to become part of NFPA’s Firewise program, local communities have enlisted a wildland/urban interface specialist to complete a community assessment and create a plan that identifies achievable solutions to be implemented by the community, sponsored a local Firewise Task Force Committee, Commission or Department, observed a Firewise Communities/USA Day each year that is dedicated to a local Firewise project, invested a minimum of $2.00 per capita annually in local Firewise projects, and submitted an annual report to Firewise Communities/USA that documents continuing compliance with the program. To learn more about Firewise Communities/USA, visit, for more information on local efforts, go to

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