Tag: 2003 Old Fire

Be Prepared As We Enter Height of Fire Season

Big Bear, CA, October 1, 2015 – Although fire season has become year round, the height of fire season in San Bernardino County is October and November when the Santa Ana winds blow. As fires burn across California and no end in sight of a four-year drought, now is the time to prepare for wildfire and a possible evacuation. In June of this year over 31,000 acres were scorched in the Barton Flats area during the Lake Fire. Almost one month to the day after that fire started, the Cajon Pass erupted as the North Fire destroyed 20 vehicles as it crossed the 15 freeway, sending people running for their lives. Already this year there have been over 1,100 wildfires in California, decimating almost 212,000 acres. Our region is prone to large wildfires, and with our drought conditions, the danger is even higher. In 2003 the Old Fire burned 91,000 acres and claimed six lives, and then there were the  Slide and Grass Valley fires of 2007. The San Bernardino County Fire Department has put together a Ready, Set, Go! Personal Wildfire Action Plan to give you the tips and tools to successfully prepare for a wildfire. It will give you guidance on retrofitting your home with fire-resistive features, and show you how to create the necessary defensible space around your home. This plan will help you prepare your home,...

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P-3 Aerial Firefighting Fleet To Be Revived

San Bernardino Mountains, CA, February 7, 2015 – Orion Aerial Firefighters is a company dedicated to return the P-3 Orion aircraft to aerial firefighting service. It is currently raising funds to bring these aircraft back to the fleet of air tankers. Dale Head, CEO of Orion Aerial Firefighters, says, “The US Forest service has a shortage of large air tankers, which dangerously reduces its firefighting capabilities. Pilots feel that the maneuverability and relatively short wingspan of the P-3 allows it to get to places other airtankers just cannot.” In 2011, after 20 years in service as the backbone of the US Forest Service’s large airtanker fleet for fighting wildland fires such as we’ve experienced here in the San Bernardino Mountains, the USFS cancelled the contract for six P-3 airtankers due to concern over maintenance practices by Aero Union, the owner of the P-3 fleet. Orion Aerial Firefighters has assembled a unique team of engineers, maintenance experts, and pilots who intend to return these aircraft to aerial firefighting. Their familiarity with these particular aircraft put Orion AFF in a unique position to return this P-3 fleet to service within a year of funding. If you would like to help return the fleet of P-3 Orion large airtankers as a critical component of the US Forest Service’s national firefighting fleet, got to...

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Prosecutors Seek Death Penalty For Old Fire Arsonist

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Fowler Guilty Of Murder, Arson In 2003 Old Fire Trial

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