May 2-8 Is Wildfire Awareness Week: “Wildfire Is Coming… Is Your Home Ready?”

Per a declaration from Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, this week is Wildfire Awareness Week in California and, with it, the launch of the Ready! Set! Go! Program by California fire agencies including CalFire and the San Bernardino County Fire Department. This year’s theme during Wildfire Awareness Week, which runs May 2-8, is “Wildfire is … [Read more...]

Big Bear Lake Fire Protection District Honored With Third Firewise Award; Reduced Revenue from Property Taxes Results in Budget Shortfall

Big Bear Lake, CA -- The Big Bear Lake Fire Protection District has both some good news and some bad news, both of which were revealed in the last week. The bad news, as the City of Big Bear Lake prepares budgets for fiscal year 2010/2011, is that the Fire Protection District looks to see a significant shortfall in revenue in the coming year, … [Read more...]

Networking Season Begins With First Big Bear Chamber of Commerce Mixer; SBNFA Hosts 5pm Event at Northwoods

Big Bear Lake, CA -- Springtime marks the start of the Big Bear Chamber of Commerce’s mixer season, so starting this evening and most second and fourth Tuesdays, there will be networking opportunities. The first of the mixers will be hosted by the San Bernardino National Forest Association at Northwoods Resort today, April 13, from 5 to 7pm. The … [Read more...]

Fire Department Hosts First of Three Defensible Space Workshops on Tuesday, April 13

Big Bear Lake, CA -- The Big Bear Lake Fire Department is once again hosting general workshops on defensible space, and the first of these, being held tomorrow, is open to all landscapers, nursery owners, property managers, and handymen, as well as homeowners who want to know how to make their property more fire-safe. The workshops hosted by the … [Read more...]

Smoke May Be Visible; Forest Service Resumes Pile Burning Near Angelus Oaks

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Angelus Oaks, CA -- Given favorable weather conditions, firefighters with the San Bernardino National Forest are once again working on hazardous fuels removal today. Debris piles are being burned in the Angelus Oaks area, off Highway 38 today, so there is the likelihood that smoke may be visible to the southeast of the Big Bear Valley, as well as … [Read more...]

Smoke from Hazardous Fuels Pile Burns Off Highway 38 May Be Visible

Crews from the U.S. Forest Service did some hazardous fuels pile burns in the Angelus Oaks area yesterday, so some residual smoke may still be visible from the Big Bear Valley. At this time [8am], additional pile burning was not scheduled to be taking place today but, again, some smoke may be visible in the vicinity of Barton Flats off Highway 38. … [Read more...]

Smoke May Be Visible, Due to Forest Service Pile Burns Off Highway 38

Smoke may be visible from the Big Bear Valley this afternoon, as the U.S. Forest Service is conducting hazardous fuels pile burns in the Barton Flats area off Highway 38. Pile burns on the National Forest will continue through the winter months, and smoke may again be visible tomorrow, if weather conditions allow for continued work in the Barton … [Read more...]

Four Residential Fires Over Holiday Weekend Prompt Reminder to “Check Your Hot Spots”

Two residential fires in two days over the holiday weekend—potential causes cited as hot ashes on a wooden deck and a fireplace unit—have prompted the Big Bear City Fire Department to remind Valley residents and homeowners to “check your hot spots!” December, January and February are the leading months for home fires and, on average, more … [Read more...]

Helicopters to Be Used for SBNF Fuels Reduction and Tree Removal in Crestline Area

If in the vicinity of Crestline or the Miller Canyon area in the coming two weeks, you can expect to see helicopters overhead. As of today, November 11, the San Bernardino National Forest is using helicopters as part of a fuel reductions project; helicopters are removing trees and slash in areas inaccessible by conventional tree removal methods and … [Read more...]

Fawnskin Joins Big Bear Lake and Big Bear City as a Firewise USA Community; Ceremony and Potluck Planned for November 9

The North Shore community’s efforts toward maintaining defensible space and reducing wildfire risk have resulted in Fawnskin being honored as a Firewise USA Community, a distinction shared with just 33 other communities within California, including Big Bear City and the City of Big Bear Lake. Firewise USA is a nationwide program formed in 2002 … [Read more...]