Replace the Shake: New Funds Available To Bring Roofs Into Compliance

Big Bear Lake, CA, September 26, 2014 - We hear a lot about maintaining “defensible space” around our mountain homes for fire protection--and rightly so--but it’s only part of the picture. Besides the presence of burnable vegetation immediately adjacent to buildings, the ignitability of a home also depends on its roofing materials. In one … [Read more...]

Firefighters Focus on Prevention

Big Bear City, CA, June 4, 2014 - The San Bernardino County Fire Department’s Residential Assessment Program is back for a second year. In the coming weeks, firefighters will be going door-to-door handing out information and offering to walk the properties with homeowners on the spot and provide free evaluations of defensible space. They'll focus … [Read more...]

Fire Department Reminds Residents to Take Precautions Now

San Bernardino National Forest, CA, August 16, 2013 -- By early April, California was already showing signs of having one of the most active fire seasons in history. In our county in particular, low moisture, plentiful fuels, and the forthcoming Santa Ana winds pose a triple threat. Are you prepared? The San Bernardino National Forest regularly … [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...]

Chipper Program Continues To Create Defensible Space

Big Bear, Ca, November 16, 2011, 12:00pm - Many residents within the Big Bear Valley have once again created defensible space on their property, and utilized the free curbside chipper program put on by the Big Bear Valley Fire Protection program Thin Is In.  The program, which started in 2006, has rapidly grown over the years with 3,068 requests … [Read more...]

Free On Demand Curbside Chipper Program

Big Bear Valley, CA, May 20, 2011, noon - Mother Nature provided some natural tree pruning again this year with the heavy snowfall during the winter months.  As you work around your mountain home this season, Big Bear Valley Fire Agencies remind residents and property owners to create defensible space by limbing up trees, thinning out heavily … [Read more...]

David Yegge Awarded With Firewise Leadership Award

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Big Bear, Ca, March 28, 2011, 4:00pm - David Yegge, Fire Fuels Program Supervisor for the Big Bear Lake Fire Protection District, has been selected as a state winner for the 2010 National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Firewise Leadership Award, for his numerous efforts in the area of wildfire mitigation.  According to the Big Bear Lake Fire … [Read more...]

8th Annual Xeriscape Garden Tour is Saturday, July 24th

Big Bear Valley, July 20, 2010, 12:07pm - The Sierra Club hosts the 8th annual Xeriscape Garden Tour this Saturday, July 24th featuring seven homes where the owners have created beautiful landscaped gardens that highlight drought-tolerant and native plants.  Unique to the tour this year, one home will be showcased where the homeowner has combined … [Read more...]

District Ranger Tangenberg Plans for Additional Fuels Reduction on Forest; SBNF Visitors Encouraged to Be Fire-Safe Over Holiday

Fuels reduction has already been established USFS road 2N10, off of Mill Creek Road.

Big Bear Valley, CA/San Bernardino National Forest -- District Ranger Scott Tangenberg has been overseeing the Mountaintop District of the San Bernardino National Forest for over a year now, having officially assumed the position in September after serving as acting district ranger upon the promotion of Kurt Winchester last spring. “I am … [Read more...]

On-Demand Chipping Program for Big Bear Valley Is Chipping Away at Requests; Call 877-771-CHIP for Pick-up

Big Bear Valley, CA -- The Valley-wide chipping program, still offered free of charge but now offered on-demand, has been underway since the beginning of the month—and, already, the toll-free chipping hotline at 877-771-CHIP has received over 650 requests for service. Of these, over 570 requests have been processed (as of June 23), meaning … [Read more...]

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