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...]

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...]