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...]

Free Chipping Programs Underway; Firewise Home to Be Featured on July 18 Xeriscape Tour

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Both Big Bear Lake and Big Bear City have earned the distinction of being named Firewise USA communities, an honor held by less than 500 cities and towns throughout the country. Residents can contribute to this fire-safe effort by clearing defensible space and taking advantage of free neighborhood curbside chipping of trimmed trees and dead … [Read more...]

Free Defensible Space Workshop Offered by Big Bear Lake Fire Department on Thursday

The Big Bear Lake Fire Department will be offering another defensible space workshop, this one to be held on Thursday, June 18 at 4pm. This general workshop is open to all landscapers, loggers, property managers, handymen and others involved in creating defensible space and vegetation removal. According to David Yegge, the fire department’s Fire … [Read more...]

On-Demand Curbside Chipping Available to Big Bear Lake Residents; Neighborhood Chipping for East Valley Starts With Baldwin Lake Area Next Week

The neighborhood chipping program is underway in the City of Big Bear Lake, and coming soon to East Valley neighborhoods. If you haven’t yet cleared defensible space on your property, it includes removing the lower limbs and branches of trees, up to six feet from the ground, as well as thinning trees, and pruning up and trimming back overgrown … [Read more...]

Brush Clearing Will Result in Delays on Highway 38 This Week and Next

Motorists can expect flagging on Highway 38 today, as the California Department of Forestry will be clearing brush in the Angelus Oaks area. Highway 38 flagging, and subsequent delays, will take place from 9am to 2:30pm both today (May 27) and tomorrow, and again on Monday through Thursday of next week. … [Read more...]

Free Defensible Space Workshop Offered by Big Bear Lake Fire Department on Thursday

The Big Bear Lake Fire Department will be offering another defensible space workshop, this one to be held on Thursday (May 21) at 4pm. This general workshop is open to all landscapers, loggers, property managers, handymen and others involved in creating defensible space and vegetation removal. According to David Yegge, the fire department’s Fire … [Read more...]

Senator Dutton Introduces Legislation to Designate Highway 330 as the Steve Faris Memorial Highway

Highway 330 may soon have a special designation. Legislation introduced by Senator Bob Dutton to honor former Battalion Chief Steve Faris of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has made its way through the Senate and is now in the Assembly. If passed, the resolution would designate Highway 330 as the Steve Faris Memorial … [Read more...]

County Supervisors Accept Additional $10 Million in Funding for County Fire’s Fuels Reduction Program; Sugarloaf Roads Tax to Continue

Continued fuels reduction, as implemented by the San Bernardino County Fire Department, will extend through July 2013, given County Supervisors’ approval in their meeting yesterday. In order for County Fire to receive an additional $10 million in federal funding, through a grant offered by the U.S. Forest Service, matching funds of 10%--or one … [Read more...]

May 3-9 Is California Wildfire Awareness Week; Homeowners Are Encouraged to Clear Defensible Space

The San Bernardino County Fire Department and the Mountain Area Safety Taskforce are this week recognizing California Wildfire Awareness Week. In preparation for the approaching high fire hazard period, this year’s statewide Wildfire Awareness Week theme is “You Provide the Defense, We’ll Provide the Offense”—and, by defense, homeowners … [Read more...]