Tag: Defensible Space

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 for chipping in 2011, and over 1,000 tons of wood being chipped.  The program is in place to help home and business owners create defensible space on their properties by removing dead vegetation, trimming branches, trimming and pruning over grown shrubs, and removing accumulated pine needles.  In addition to the chipper program, residents also had 1,089 dead, dying, diseased or hazardous trees removed valley wide this past year with 768 of those trees being in the City of Big Bear Lake area.  David Yegge, who oversees the Thin Is In, and defensible space programs thanked all of the people who participated in creating defensible space, which he said is “very much needed.” The chipping program will start back up in 2012 in June.  For more information visit...

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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 treed areas on your property, and clearing overgrown vegetation. For specific steps and tips, visit www.thinisin.org. The Big Bear Valley Free Chipping Program is on demand this year valley wide.  Once you have limbed up, thinned out, and trimmed back, call the toll free chipping hot line at 877-771-CHIP (2447) to coordinate FREE pick up. Chipping crews will be at the curb to chip your branches and tree limbs into mulch. [audio:http://kbhr933.com/wp-content/uploads/SP30747.mp3|titles=Free Chipper...

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David Yegge Awarded With Firewise Leadership Award

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 Department, in just five years under Yegge’s supervision, 25,000 dead trees have been removed; landowners have gained no-cost professional advice in the thinning of trees and shrubs on private land; and a wood shake/shingle replacement program was instituted, utilizing grant funding to offset costs to property owners.  In addition, Yegge developed an aggressive media campaign to promote defensible space in Big Bear Valley, utilizing public service announcements, media advertising, and a local resource website, www.thinisin.org.  He also made numerous presentations to community groups to get the word out on the measures citizens can take to lower community wildfire hazard risk.  KBHR congratulates and thanks David Yegge for his dedicated efforts in helping Big Bear be a Firewise community.  [audio:http://kbhr933.com/wp-content/uploads/SP30555.mp3|titles=david yegge...

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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 defensible space with xeriscape landscaping to create a garden that is both water and fire wise.  At this home, attendees can enter a drawing towards $1000 in gift certificates to our local nurseries; learn about creating defensible space and talk to fire prevention experts from the Big Bear City Fire Department.  The free, self-guided tour begins at Eminger’s Mountain Nursery at 41223 Big Bear Boulevard where participants can stop by anytime between 9am and noon to pick up a tour booklet.  The tour continues until 4pm.  One of the stops will take you to Hunter’s Nursery on Fox Farm Road where a native plant expert can provide detailed information on Big Bear native plants.  The City of Big Bear Lake, the DWP, BBARWA, Big Bear City Fire, Big Bear Marina, Big Bear City CSD, Hunter’s Nursery, Eminger’s Nursery, Master Composters, TSL Landscape and Maintenance, Nativescapes, Stalcup Landscaping and USAA sponsor the...

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

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 basically the local supervisor,” he tells KBHR. “I supervise 150 employees and am the local decision-maker on ranger district projects.” Among those projects are the plans for additional fuels reduction along the Big Bear Valley, to increase the defensible space along the wildland-urban interface. “We call it the South Big Bear Project,” explains Tangenberg, “and it basically goes from Bear Mountain Resort to the Big Bear dam, and up to the ridgetop from the back of the community. What we are finishing up right now is the planning, which will authorize several years’ worth of implementation.” Though a specific start date has not yet been determined for the South Big Bear Project, it is likely that in the spring of 2011 fire crews will take to the ridgeline with chain saws to implement additional fuels reduction. To date, the San Bernardino National Forest has completed a fuel break along the ridgeline and cleared defensible space boundaries, up to 300’ deep, between the southern border of the community and the forest. “What we’re authorizing right now,” adds the...

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