Tag: Fire Saftey

Prescribed Burns Protect Our Forests

Big Bear, CA, November 29th, 2015 – Everyone wants to preserve and enjoy Big Bear’s pristine beauty, while protecting the ecosystem which has made the jewel of Southern California so special.  With the arrival of winter weather, the U.S. Forest Service will begin prescribed burn operations on the San Bernardino National Forest.  Winter burns are part of a continuing effort to reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfire and improve forest health.  Prescribed burns are intended to reduce the amount of vegetation which can carry fire from the forest floor into the treetops. Prescribed burns stimulate the growth of grasses, forbs and shrubs that provide food for deer, mountain quail and other wildlife.  Burns are conducted in coordination with the National Weather Service and South Coast Air Quality Management District. The public may also see smoke from pile burning activities in several San Bernardino National Forest locations in Big Bear and the south side of Big Bear Lake during the next several months.  Prescribed burns will also take place in the San Jacinto Mountains. For more information call the Big Bear Ranger...

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Fire Level Has Been Increased To Very High: Fire Restrictions Elevated

Big Bear, Ca, January 13, 2012, 4:00pm – The US Forest Service has elevated the fire danger level to very high due to the dry, warm weather the San Bernardino County and other areas have been experiencing.  Fire Danger increases with the unseasonable warmer, drier weather along with persistent Santa Ana wind conditions.  Fire officials are closely monitoring the weather and fuel conditions, adjusting staffing levels, and increasing or lowering fire use restrictions as deemed necessary. The following fire restrictions and guidelines are now in effect on the San Bernardino National Forest areas:  Wood and charcoal fires are permitted only in developed campgrounds and picnic grounds and within agency provided fire rings or camp stoves.  Campfire permits are required for propane and gas stoves and lanterns used outside of developed recreation sites.  Recreational shooting is limited to Public Shooting Ranges operated under special use permit only, except those engaged in legal hunting. An approved spark arrester is required for any internal combustion engine operated on designated forest routes. These include chainsaws, generators, motorcycles, and off-highway vehicles.  Smoking is limited to an enclosed vehicle or building, or within a Developed Recreation Site. And as always, fireworks are always prohibited on the San Bernardino National Forest. The US Forest Service will be aggressively citing those who do not comply with the posted restrictions.  Forest visitors are encouraged to “Know Before You Go”...

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Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries

Big Bear, Ca, October 31, 2011, 3:00pm – Daylight savings time ends this Sunday, November 6th, and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, and local fire agencies remind you to change the battery in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.  Fire agencies call it the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery Program, which serves to remind people when they change their clock for daylight savings, to also change the battery in these safety devices.  The CAL FIRE San Bernardino Unit wants to remind everyone that one easy step can save the lives of you and your loved...

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Fall Home Heating Saftey Tips

Big Bear, Ca, October 12, 2011, 5:00pm – Cold weather is upon us and with the change in seasons comes the need to warm our homes and businesses.  The following tips can help you stay warm while remaining safe during the winter months:  Have a professional check and service your heating system each year.  This not only helps to prevent hazardous situations from occurring, but also maintains the efficiency of your heater.  When using a wood burning stove, fireplace or insert, burn only dry, well-seasoned wood. Never use flammable liquids or excessive amounts of paper to start or accelerate a fire.  Keep a metal or glass screen in front of fireplace or stove openings to prevent fire and airborne embers from escaping.  Never leave a fire unattended, always extinguish the flames before leaving the house or going to sleep.  Always dispose of ashes into a metal container with a tight-fitting lid.  Never put ashes in paper bags of cardboard boxes.  Ashes can retain heat, making them capable of igniting a fire for several days.  Ashes should be thoroughly soaked to ensure they are extinguished.  If ashes are disposed of at a public dumpsite, do not put them in the trash receptacle, but in the dumpster marked for ashes only.  For additional information on this or other fire/life safety topics, contact your local fire department:  Big Bear City Fire Department...

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No Personal Fireworks Allowed In The San Bernardino Mountains

Big Bear, Ca, July 1, 2011, 2:00pm – Cal Fire and our local fire departments are reminding residents and visitors to the Big Bear Valley and surrounding communities to be fire wise and fire safe this 4th of July holiday, and to remind everyone that absolutely no fireworks are allowed in the San Bernardino Mountains.  According to Cal Fire anyone who is caught using fireworks may be subject to arrest or citation.  Not only are fireworks illegal throughout the entire Big Bear Valley, but numerous fires have resulted from their use, as well as the severe injuries they may cause to the users.  The Rotary Club of Big Bear Lake will provide locals and visitors with a world class fireworks display over the lake on Monday July 4th.   Enjoy the show, and do not use your own...

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