Arctic Circle Closures Begin Next Week and Work Hours Have Changed


Big Bear, CA, October 9, 2015 - The California Department of Transportation, Caltrans, will close State Route 18 in the “Arctic Circle” Monday through Friday, October 12 to October 29, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The closure limits are between Snow Valley Mountain Resort and the Big Bear Dam. Due to safety considerations and additional planned … [Read more...]

Full Closure of Highway 18 Coming Next Week

Big Bear, CA, October 3, 2014 - Caltrans announced a full road closure of SR-18 between the Big Bear Dam and Snow Valley beginning on Monday October 6 and running through Thursday October 30. The closures will take place Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There will be no Friday closures. Caltrans needs the time for cleaning tree … [Read more...]

Pot Bust In Bear Creek


Big Bear Lake, CA, July 10, 2012, 3:00pm - Law enforcement officials conducted an illegal marijuana farm eradication in Bear Creek today. The operation began this morning and is still going on. It involves law enforcement from the National Forest Service as well as Federal Narcotics Agents. Besides eradicating the marijuana, the agents were also … [Read more...]

Death Investigation Ongoing After Body Found In Burned Vehicle


Big Bear, Ca, April 25, 2011, 4:00pm - In the early morning hours of April 25, at approximately 2:15 a.m., deputies from the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station along with Fawnskin Engine 92 County Fire responded to a report of a vehicle fire on Highway 18 near Lakeview Point. The fire was extinguished and a badly burned body was located inside the … [Read more...]

Despite Influx of Crowds for Fourth of July, Sheriff’s Captain Reports, “We Had Relatively Few Incidents”

The buzz around town is that this year's fireworks display over Big Bear Lake was the best extravaganza ever. (Photo courtesy Danny Enger)

Big Bear Valley, CA -- This year’s Fourth of July weekend in the Big Bear Valley was marred by the July 5 drowning of an 18-year-old from Yucca Valley, though, given the influx of crowds here for the holiday, local law enforcement and fire agencies report that it was a relatively calm weekend. In addition to an extra 20 deputies on patrol, the … [Read more...]

CalTrans Implements Maintenance Projects at Base of Mountain, and in Boulder Bay and Fawnskin Areas

Big Bear Valley, CA -- In addition to the ongoing construction of the Big Bear bridge, scheduled for completion next year, there are a few CalTrans maintenance projects slated for this week. Work resumes in the Highland area this week, which will affect those traveling on the 210 freeway and Highway 330 at the base of the mountain. From 8am to 4pm … [Read more...]

Overnight, Midweek Road Closures on Arctic Circle Portion of Highway 18; CalTrans Does Clean-up, Post-Winter Repairs

As of last night (June 20), CalTrans has implemented a maintenance project on the Arctic Circle portion of Highway 18, from the Big Bear dam west to Lakeview Point. This road work has resulted in overnight closures on Highway 18; closures will be on Sundays through Thursdays, from 10pm to 4am, extending through July 1st. Highway 18 will remain open … [Read more...]

CalTrans to Suspend Flagging, Delays on Highway 18 to Accommodate May 21 Activity for Amgen Tour

The new Highway 18 bridge will be situated just south of the current road atop the dam, and will be aligned with the roadway connecting Little Arctic Circle and Arctic Circle in the final stages of the project. (Photo courtesy Danny Enger)

Big Bear Lake, CA -- Those picking up their use of Highway 18 the “front way,” now that Highway 330 has been re-opened, are likely mindful of the weekday flagging taking place at the dam, to accommodate the construction of the new Big Bear bridge, scheduled for completion in 2011. Over the last year, CalTrans-hired contractor Flatiron … [Read more...]

City of Big Bear Lake Is a Go for May 21st Amgen Tour, Yet Pasadena Is Out for Stage 6 Start

Big Bear Lake, CA -- The Amgen Tour of California will be cycling into Big Bear on Friday, May 21st and event permit approval was granted for such during yesterday’s meeting of the Planning Commission of Big Bear Lake. Though there were some conditions set forth by the Big Bear Lake Fire Protection District, which the Planning Commission … [Read more...]

Happy Monday: Snow, High Winds, and Chain Requirements for Motorists

Big Bear Valley, CA -- The snow has been coming down since about the 5am hour this morning, prompting chain controls on some roads here in the Big Bear Valley. At present [at 8am April 5], R2 chain requirements are in place for the front grade of Highway 18, from Pine Knot Avenue in the Village west to the Arrowhead area; chains are also required … [Read more...]