Fire Chief Willis to Address Defensible Space in Saturday Meeting of Sugarloaf Property Owners Association

Big Bear City Fire Department Chief Jeff Willis will speak on defensible space, and other fire-related issues, during tomorrow’s meeting of the Sugarloaf Property Owners Association. The monthly meeting, which is open to all Valley residents, takes place at the Sugarloaf Fire Station, at the corner of Maple and Baldwin Lanes, at 10am on the 24th. … [Read more...]

Forest Service Will Present Fuels Reduction Project During City’s Fire Protection District Meeting

The City of Big Bear Lake’s Fire Protection District will meet tomorrow morning, October 14, at a new time and a new place—the meeting of the Fire Protection District, which is overseen by City Council, will take place at the Big Bear Lake Fire Department, at 41090 Big Bear Boulevard, and has been moved up to an 8:15am start time. Tomorrow … [Read more...]

City of Big Bear Lake’s Free Curbside Chipping Program Wraps for Season on October 15

The City of Big Bear Lake’s free curbside chipping program wraps this month, but residents still have two weekends to finish clearing overgrown and dead vegetation from properties in an effort to clear defensible space and make residences more fire-safe. All calls to the chipping line, and all piles to the curbside, must be done by Thursday, … [Read more...]

East Valley Chipping Program Back-Logged Due to “Tremendous Community Support”; Bear City Fire Department Working on Fuel Breaks As Well

Big Bear City Fire Chief Jeff Willis outlined some specifics of the hazard abatement program, otherwise known as neighborhood chipping, during this week’s meeting of the Board of Directors of the Big Bear City Community Services District. With assistance from San Bernardino County crews, the Big Bear City Fire Department has been chipping dead … [Read more...]

Fire Chief Willis to Provide Mountain Area Safety Task Force Update in This Evening’s Community Services District Meeting

The Board of Directors of the Big Bear City Community Services District meet for their regular meeting at 5:30pm this evening, at the CSD offices at 139 E. Big Bear Boulevard in Big Bear City. This evening’s meeting will include a presentation by Fire Chief Jeff Willis on the vegetation management activities of the Mountain Area Safety Task … [Read more...]

No Cause for Alarm: Emergency Vehicles in Moonridge for Training Today

Residents in the Moonridge area may have seen a number of firetrucks and paramedics in their area today, though no cause for alarm. The Big Bear City Fire Department is doing training exercises in the upper Moonridge area today. And, just a note for upper Moonridge residents, today is the day that chipping materials should be placed curbside for … [Read more...]

Community Invited to National Night Out Event on August 4

The annual community event hosted by the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station, National Night Out, returns on Tuesday, August 4 and will once again be held at the Big Bear Convention Center, on Big Bear Boulevard at Division. The National Night Out program is designed to strengthen neighborhood spirit and foster relationships between the community and law … [Read more...]

Curbside Chipping Comes to Upper Moonridge on Monday; Big Bear Lake Residents Can Call for Pickup of Tree Trimmings

This huge chipping pile was achieved in 2007, thanks to residents who cleared their properties of dead vegetation and tree trimmings, and left those matrials curbside. Both Big Bear Lake and Big Bear City have since earned Firewise Communities distinction.

The next round of curbside chipping overseen by the Big Bear City Fire Department gets underway as of Monday. East Valley neighborhoods, including those in Big Bear City, North Shore, Shay Meadow, Erwin Lake and Meadowbrook Estates, have been receiving curbside chipping since July 13, and San Bernardino County crews have been making their way west … [Read more...]

The Big Bear Lake Fire Department Gets Proactive With Pine Needles

The Big Bear Lake Fire Department, in their efforts to expand defensible space efforts, has sought new uses for pine needles. The department’s Fire Fuels Program Coordinator David Yegge coordinated the effort to send 25 pounds of pine needles to Jarden Home Brands, the company that produces such products as the Pine Mountain firelogs, to see if … [Read more...]

Chipping in Big Bear City and East Valley Neighborhoods Starts Today; Residents Should Have Trimmings Placed Curbside

East Valley residents are encouraged to take advantage of free neighborhood curbside chipping, which gets underway for a number of neighborhoods as of today. The program, implemented by the Big Bear City Fire Department and San Bernardino County Fire, rolls through the following neighborhoods through month’s end: Big Bear City, North Shore, Shay … [Read more...]