Tag: CalFire

Arson Suspect Arrested Following Extensive Search

Crestline, CA – On Monday, May 1, at about 8:07 p.m., the California Highway Patrol and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department received multiple 911 calls reporting a male attempting to start a fire on Highway 18 just below the Highway 138 cut off in the area of Crestline. Officers from both agencies responded to the scene along with Cal Fire and US Forestry Fire. Numerous additional 911 calls were received reporting the subject was armed with a firearm and carrying an ax. The subject also threw rocks at a vehicle on the highway. The subject ran down the highway, fled over the side, and headed down toward Lower Bonnie Canyon. The subject lit an additional fire in the dense brush of the canyon, below the highway. Highway 18 was closed and all traffic was evacuated due to the fire and armed subject. Multiple law enforcement agencies including San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Twin Peaks and Central Stations, California Highway Patrol, San Bernardino Police Department, Cal Fire Investigators, US Forest Service Officers, and K9s from both the Sheriff’s Department and Montclair Police responded. A perimeter was established as helicopters from the Sheriff’s Department and Highway Patrol used FLIR to search for the subject in the dense brush. The subject, identified as Benjamin Andrew Baptiste, a 27 year old resident of Cedar Glen, was located on the side of Highway 18, within...

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CAL FIRE Hand-Crews Clear Hydrants Buried by Winter Storms

Big Bear, CA, February 2, 2017 – Big Bear Fire Department and CAL FIRE have teamed up to clear fire hydrants buried by last week’s series of big storms. Beginning, Monday, January 30, 2017, CAL FIRE put hand-crews on the streets of Big Bear Valley helping dig out the hydrants buried under huge berms of ice and snow. These hand-crews, dressed in orange jump suits, are part of the same inmate program CAL FIRE uses to battle wild fires. Big Bear Fire Department Assistant Fire Marshal Nick Bruinsma stated, “The digging out will begin where road departments have completed its...

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Delamar Fire at 50% Containment

UPDATE 10/5 – As of 10:00 am this morning, containment is at 95% with full containment expected this evening. UPDATE 10/4 – As of 6:30 pm Monday evening, the Delamar fire was at 87% containment.  Big Bear, CA, October 3, 2016 – Firefighters are working a wildland fire on Delamar Mountain north of Big Bear Lake and the community of Fawnskin. The fire is visible from the Big Bear Valley. The fire is currently estimated at 15 acres, and is 50% contained. USDA Forest Service, San Bernardino County Fire and CALFIRE – San Bernardino Unit have firefighters and equipment on-scene. Forest...

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FRAUD ALERT – Bluecut Fire

Big Bear, CA, August 26, 2016 – The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has received reports from residents of a man calling claiming to represent CALFIRE. The caller is asking residents for donations to assist persons displaced by the recent Blue Cut Fire. The Sheriff’s Department has confirmed with CALFIRE that they are not soliciting for donations and encourage citizens not to give anyone personal or banking information via the telephone regarding donations. CALFIRE will not call citizens and ask for donations. If you have been contacted by anyone seeking donations on behalf of CALFIRE, you are asked to call...

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Evacuation Orders Lifted For All Communities Affected by Blue Cut Fire

San Bernardino County, CA, August 22, 2016 – Effective Sunday, August 21st, at 4:00 p.m., the evacuation orders for Wrightwood, Swarthout Canyon, Lone Pine Canyon, West Cajon Valley and Lytle Creek have all been lifted. RESIDENTS ONLY will be allowed past the road closures. Some residents returning to their homes may find that they are without electricity. Southern California Edison is working diligently to restore utilities. Residents returning to the evacuation zone should exercise caution. Firefighters, engines, and heavy equipment continue to operate in the area. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department will continue enhanced patrols through these areas with additional units. Hwy 138 is open to residents only from Hwy 2 to Stone Basin Road. Hwy 138 at Stone Basin Road to Interstate 15 is closed to allow emergency equipment in the area to replace power poles affected by the fire. Lone Pine Canyon Road at Swarthout Canyon Road to Hwy 138 is closed. US Forest Road 3N31 at Lone Pine Canyon Road is closed. The dirt road portion of Lytle Creek Road is closed from the gun range into the forest. The fire is currently 37,020 acres with 89% containment. 1,223 personnel are assigned to the fire. A Damage Assessment Team working under the Blue Cut Fire Unified Command announced that a preliminary estimate of 105 single family residences and 216 outbuildings were destroyed by the Blue Cut Fire. Calfire and all the agencies...

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