Tag: Fire

A Single Structure Fire Reported Today on Shay Road in Big Bear City

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Fire Restrictions Reduced on National Forest Land

Big Bear, Ca, February 23, 2012, 12:00pm – With the recent winter weather the Big Bear Valley, and surrounding San Bernardino National Forest received, fire restrictions have once again been reduced.  Under normal winter weather conditions fire restriction remain reduced throughout the winter months, however this year fire restrictions were heightened after a spell of warm weather, and little moisture.  Winter burning projects will resume under the guidance of the Forest service as part of a continuing effort to reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfire and improve forest health.  Visitors may once again have wood and charcoal fires in agency provided campfire rings at campgrounds, picnic areas and yellow post sites.  Campfire permits are still required for propane and gas stoves, and smoking is limited to enclosed vehicles on national forest land.  As always fireworks are always prohibited on the San Bernardino National Forest.  For more information about fire restrictions and controlled fire burnings contact the Big Bear Ranger Station & Discovery Center at...

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CSD Meeting To Discuss Apprentice Fire Fighter Program

Big Bear, Ca, December 5, 2011, 3:00pm – The Big Bear City Community Services District will hold its regular meeting tonight at 5:30pm, at the CSD offices, located on Big Bear Blvd, near Greenway Drive.  On the agenda, the board will assign the Chief Board Advisor, with the following duties: to research alternative investment opportunities and actuarial recommendations for retiree health benefits.  The board will also discuss and possibly approve an Apprentice Fire Fighter Program; in which paid call firefighters would apply to be in the program that would be a position for three years, in which they would work to become a full time fire fighter.  According to Fire Chief Jeff Willis, other fire departments have similar programs in place and have seen good results.  The CSD Board will also go into closed session, and will discuss the appointment processes for the Water Superintendent and the General Manager.  The public is encouraged to attend the meeting and may speak during public comment...

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Chipper Program Continues To Create Defensible Space

Big Bear, Ca, November 16, 2011, 12:00pm – Many residents within the Big Bear Valley have once again created defensible space on their property, and utilized the free curbside chipper program put on by the Big Bear Valley Fire Protection program Thin Is In.  The program, which started in 2006, has rapidly grown over the years with 3,068 requests for chipping in 2011, and over 1,000 tons of wood being chipped.  The program is in place to help home and business owners create defensible space on their properties by removing dead vegetation, trimming branches, trimming and pruning over grown shrubs, and removing accumulated pine needles.  In addition to the chipper program, residents also had 1,089 dead, dying, diseased or hazardous trees removed valley wide this past year with 768 of those trees being in the City of Big Bear Lake area.  David Yegge, who oversees the Thin Is In, and defensible space programs thanked all of the people who participated in creating defensible space, which he said is “very much needed.” The chipping program will start back up in 2012 in June.  For more information visit...

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Mill Fire in Yucaipa Area 100% Contained

UPDATE – October 22, 2011, 10:00pm – The Mill Fire is located east of the Mill Creek Ranger Station and south of Highway 38 on Yucaipa Ridge. There was no significant fire activity Friday night or Saturday. Full containment was reached Saturday evening and the fire was declared controlled. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The incident transitioned to CalFire and resources were released. There have been no reported injuries. Acreage was more accurately mapped to be 42 acres. UPDATE – October 22, 2011, 5:35pm – The Mill Fire is located east of the Mill Creek Ranger Station and south of Highway 38 on Yucaipa Ridge. The size of the fire has been recalculated, and the forest service now says the fire has burned 43 acres. There was no significant fire activity overnight or today. Construction of containment lines, mop-up and patrol continues. Full containment is expected by 6:00pm tonight and full control by 8:00am tomorrow morning. The cause of the fire is under investigation. UPDATE – October 22, 2011, 9:00am – The Mill Fire is 60% contained at 100 acres. The Mill Fire is located east of the Mill Creek Ranger Station and south of Highway 38 on Yucaipa Ridge. There was no significant fire activity overnight. Construction of containment lines and mop-up continues. Full containment is expected by 6:00pm tonight and full control by 8:00am Sunday morning. UPDATE – October...

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