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Panorama Fire 70% Contained SR-18 Re-Opened

Crestline, CA, July 10, 2012, UPDATED at 9:20am – Today firefighters will be completing and improving containment lines and mopping up hotspots within the interior of the burn. SR18 has been re-opened, but southbound traffic is reduced to one lane. The fire is 70% contained at 75 acres. The cause of the fire is under investigation, if you have any information please call the San Bernardino City Fire Department at 384-5777. Crestline, CA, July 10, 2012, UPDATED at 7:40am – The Panorama Fire is currently at 75 acres and is now 70% contained. The fire started at 1:54 pm on Monday July 9. It is burning above State Highway 18 in Waterman Canyon near Panorama Point. Highway 18 was closed yesterday, but now it’s open again. Voluntary evacuations have been lifted for residents in Waterman Canyon. There are no reports of any damage to structures. Three firefighters were sent to the hospital and treated for heat exhaustion. The cause of the fire is under investigation. If you have any information please call the San Bernardino City Fire Department at 909-384-5777.    Crestline, CA, July 9, 2012, updated 4:45pm – The Panorama fire has grown to over 75 acres it started in Waterman Canyon above SR 18 at about 2pm this afternoon.  Highway 18 is closed between San Bernardino and Crestline. Bob Poole  of the San Bernardino National Forest informed KBHR that shortly...

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CSD and Big Bear Lake Fire Agencies Agree to Joint Powers

Big Bear Lake, CA April 12, 2012 3:00 pm – The fire agencies of Big Bear Lake and Big Bear City have taken the first step in what has been described as an eventual merger of the two agencies.  Most of the general public is unaware that there are as many as 5 different fire agencies in Big Bear Valley.  The Big Bear Lake Fire District and the Big Bear City CSD Fire Agency are the most visible having the largest local group of paramedics-firefighters, equipment and fire stations in Big Bear. On Wednesday morning during a joint meeting of the CSD and the Fire District at Hofert Hall it was agreed to by unanimous vote from both boards that a Joint Powers Agreement would be drafted in order to form a new Joint Powers Authority.  As a JPA each agency will keep their autonomy but will begin to combine some future equipment acquisitions such as laptop computers, heart monitors as well as communications equipment.  The mission of this new JPA would be to maintain present service levels, save additional tax funds, share rescue equipment and perhaps directly employ additional personnel.   In order to better assess the viability of this JPA and possible merger Paul McDonald from C.M. Crinis and Company evaluated the fiscal condition of both fire agencies and reported that both agencies were healthy and that in...

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Lightning Starts Small Fires In The Area

Big Bear Lake, CA, August 29, 2011, 9:00am – Some very intense thunderstorms developed in Big Bear Valley on Saturday. The storms dumped heavy rain and hail, along with thunder and lightning and flooding of some streets and low lying areas. Several small fires were reported in the mountains as a result of lightning strikes. Three Super Scoopers, planes capable of holding 1410 gallons of water, dropped water on the Mile Fire off highway 38 near Forest Service Road 1N54 and 1N04. The fire was initially about three acres and not considered a threat to the Valley. Other fires were reported, including one near the dump road off North Shore in the Gold Mountain Area. Fires were also reported on Sugarloaf Mountain and Bear Mountain Resort. All of the fires that were caused by lightning strikes have been contained, but residents may notice drift smoke in the...

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