Tag: David Yegge

Moonridge Area To Get Evacuation Signs

Big Bear Lake, CA, August 26, 2011, noon – As part of the Bear Valley fire agencies’ continuing efforts to implement the Big Bear Valley Community Wildfire Protection Plan, one goal is the installation of emergency evacuation route signs in areas that can become confusing to people when a wildfire occurs.  One of those areas is upper Moonridge where it is a maze of winding roads.  David Yegge of the Fire Protection District says it can be very smokey during a wildfire event and it would be easy for people that are not familiar with the area to get disoriented and not know what direction to go. Evacuation signs, if followed, will lead drivers safely out of the Moonridge area. Because the signs will be installed in the county area and the upper Moonridge area of Big Bear Lake, the Mountain Area Safety Taskforce felt the project should be overseen by one organization.  This project was headed by the San Bernardino County Code Enforcement Division, which was funded through a grant from the Inland Empire Chapter of the American Red Cross. According to Team Leader Julie Hernandez of County Code Enforcement, it has taken two years to plan and seek approvals from various city and county departments. She said it’s been a lot of work but it’s rewarding to see that the signs are up. She hopes we never...

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Fire District Board Updated on Firewise Programs

Big Bear Lake, Ca July 15, 2011 12:00 pm – During Wednesday’s meeting of the Big Bear Lake Fire District, Fire Fuels Reduction Supervisor David Yegge gave a presentation about the multiple fire prevention programs the city is pursuing.  Big Bear Lake has received commendation for these programs, including an article in Sunset Magazine last September called “Doing it right: looking for the safest place to live in wildfire country? Welcome to Big Bear Lake”  Current programs highlighted by Yegge included the joint agency Curbside Chipping program throughout the Valley, the work with the County to remove dead and dying trees, updates to the Community Wildfire Protection Plan, and grants in progress for future programs.  One grant Yegge is working on would extend the successful chipping program for several additional years.  In June alone, the program received 570 requests for chipping, with another 225 made this month.  202 tons of brush has been chipped, with some of the wood chips being used at sites around the City, and some slated to be burned for electricity at a plant in Thermal, California.  During the presentation, the Board was invited to visit the firewise property during this Saturday’s Xeriscape Garden Tour.  The demonstration property uses native plants and careful landscaping to create a beautiful yard that also reduces the home’s vulnerability to wildfire.  The demonstration is part of the Districts’ programs...

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