Comb Fire – Holcomb Valley


Big Bear, CA September 27, 2015 - *Update 1:35pm, September 27, 2015 - Van Dusen Canyon road (3N09) has been re-opened, it was closed earlier today due to the “Comb” fire.   A total of 80 personnel were assigned to the fire along with the 9 engines, 1 crew, 2 water tenders, 3 helicopters, 2 air tankers and one air attack plane.  With … [Read more...]

Arrest Made in Homicide Fire Coverup

Big Bear Lake, CA - June 24, 2015 -   As we previously reported on April 28, 2015, at approximately 11:20 a.m., deputies of the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station responded to a report of a deceased male at a residence in the 42000 block of Willow Avenue in Big Bear Lake. A relative of the deceased called the Sheriff’s Department after finding the … [Read more...]

Fire Explorers Wanted!

Big Bear Lake, CA, February 4, 2015 -Fire Exploring Post #232 is a local organization for high school and early college age adolescents, designed to help them explore the career field of firefighting.  Operating within a sub-division of the Boy Scouts of America called Learning For Life, Fire Exploring is an after school organization taught by … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Safety Checklist

Big Bear City, CA, November 27, 2013 - Local firefighters will rush to your house in a pinch, but they offer the following advice to avoid needing them in the first place: • Clean ovens and stove tops thoroughly before cooking so that built-up grease can't ignite. • Don’t leave cooking food unattended on the stove or in the oven -- … [Read more...]

Defensible space: Chipping ends, clean-up still encouraged

Big Bear City, CA, April 26, 2013 - Since the Curbside Vegetation Chipping Program debuted in 2005 to help create defensible space on private property, several thousand tons of vegetation have been collected each year. The service had been free to Bear Valley residents, but the program is over now that funding has run out. There is still work to … [Read more...]

City Council reorganized for the upcoming year

Mayor Jahn presents Liz Harris with a "schooled" bear for her retirement from Big Bear Lake City Counil

At Monday night’s Council meeting, City Council reorganized for the upcoming year as follows.  The council selected Jay Obernolte for the position of Mayor.  David Caretto was elected as Mayor Pro Tem.  Rick Herrick was selected as Chair of the Successor Agency and Bill Jahn as Vice-Chair.  Bill Jahn was selected to service as Chairman of the … [Read more...]

Fire District Addresses Different Codes Among County, City

Big Bear Lake, California, October 22, 2012 - The citizens of Big Bear Valley have invested in fire protection and public safety by creating defensible space and vegetation thinning. In an effort to continue this critical work towards the reduction of fire risk, the communities of Big Bear Valley and surrounding areas use the services of San … [Read more...]

Small Vegetation Fire In Moonridge Area


According to John Miller of the US Forest Service, Fire crews are fighting a small vegetation fire named the Golf Fire, a slow moving fire in the Moonridge Area east of Villa Grove. The fire is east of Villa Grove down in a canyon and less than 50 by 50 feet in size. Local fire agencies along with US Forest Service firefighters are responding. No … [Read more...]

CSD and Big Bear Lake Fire Agencies Agree to Joint Powers


Big Bear Lake, CA April 12, 2012 3:00 pm - The fire agencies of Big Bear Lake and Big Bear City have taken the first step in what has been described as an eventual merger of the two agencies.  Most of the general public is unaware that there are as many as 5 different fire agencies in Big Bear Valley.  The Big Bear Lake Fire District and the Big … [Read more...]

Big Bear Lake City Council

Big Bear Lake, CA, March 12, 2012 3:00 pm – The Big Bear Lake City Council will convene tonight for it’s regularly scheduled meeting.  After a 5:00 pm closed session meeting regarding issues of litigation the Open session will begin at 6:30 pm at the civic center.  Among the items to be discussed with possible approval is the adoption of the … [Read more...]