Tag: Big Bear Lake Fire Department

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 be done, however, so residents and property owners are still highly encouraged to continue efforts in creating and maintaining defensible space.  As Big Bear City Fire Chief Jeff Willis says, “It is vital to the fire fighting tactics and keeping our community safe”. While creating defensible space, the primary goal is to remove overgrown, dense brush, small trees, limbs, and dead material.  As we head into spring and summer months, the Fire Department also encourages clearing property of  weeds and pine needles. For more information on creating defensible space, visit www.thinisin.org.  Or call the Big Bear Lake Fire Department at (909)...

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City Council reorganized for the upcoming year

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 Fire Protection District Board and Bob Jackowski as Vice-Chair.     The evening began with a wonderful tribute to retiring Council Member and former Mayor Liz Harris.  In addition to a video that featured many members of the community saluting her 12 years of service to the City and the citizens of Big Bear the audience echoed similar sentiments.  She was tough with a feminine approach to leadership the “iron lady in a velvet dress”.   It was unamous, she will be missed on City...

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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 Bernardino County Code Enforcement to inspect and notice properties that are not in compliance with fire hazard abatement regulations. A recent review of the Fire Hazard Abatement Ordinance for the City of Big Bear Lake revealed that residents had been inadvertently inspected, noticed, and cited according to the County’s Fire Hazard Abatement Ordinance, which is not applicable within the City of Big Bear Lake limits. Properties within the City limits are subject to a variety of very similar fire hazard abatement regulations found within County code, but are governed by local city ordinance and municipal code which should have been cited within the Notice to Abate sent to properties within the city limits. Currently, all inspections, notices, and citations regarding this matter are being held in abeyance for all properties within the incorporated City of Big Bear Lake. Property owners who feel that work done on their property or any charges imposed are inappropriate, they can address the matter with the Fire District to resolve the matter. The Big Bear Lake Fire...

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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 homes or structures are...

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CSD and Big Bear Lake Fire Agencies Agree to Joint Powers

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