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Forest Falls Area Landslide

UPDATE:  Due to the potential for incoming weather to impact the volatile landslide at Forest Falls, the Bear Valley Unified School District has made the decision to close Fallsvale Elementary School for Friday, February 17th.     Authorities are closely monitoring a landslide in the area of Forest Falls which began sliding on Thursday.  According to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, the slide area is directly behind the fire station on Valley of the Falls Drive.  The slide did stabilize in the mid-afternoon hours, however, there is concern for continued movement with the upcoming rain, snow and high winds expected on Friday.  Four homes, and the fire station, are threatened.  Two of the homes are vacant and residents of the two remaining homes have voluntarily evacuated.  Additionally, firefighters have relocated their equipment out of the fire station.  According to the Public Information Officer for County Fire, they will continue to monitor the situation and adjust their plan as needed.  Valley of the Falls Drive is the main roadway in and out of Forest Falls and is open at this time.  Travel on Highway 38 is not impacted by this situation....

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Flood Watch Prompts Trail Closures

Forest Falls, CA, September 7, 2014 – As Tropical Storm Norbert moves northwest off the coast of Baja California this weekend, the National Weather Service is warning of widespread thunderstorms. The showers are forecast to start late Saturday night and continue through Monday night over Southern California.  Heavy precipitation could pose a significant risk for mountain communities in flash flood prone areas, bringing up to two inches of rain per hour. In response, forest officials are closing some popular recreation areas in the San Bernardino Mountains. Specifically, the following locations/trails near Forest Falls will be closed to all public use, from midnight Saturday September 6 through midnight Monday, September 8: • Falls Day Use Area • Momyer Trail 1E06 • Vivian Creek Trail 1E08 • Big Falls Trail 1E13 Forest visitors are reminded to NOT try to cross flowing water either on foot or in a vehicle, and to move immediately to higher ground when flash flooding is imminent. They are also encouraged to call the appropriate number before visiting to check on location conditions and restrictions: • Big Bear Discovery Center (909) 382-2790 • Idyllwild Ranger Station (909) 382-2922 • Lytle Creek Ranger Station (909) 382-2851 • Mill Creek Visitor Center (909) 382-2881 • Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center (760)...

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Falls Day Use Area To Be Partially Closed For Reconstruction

San Bernardino, CA, August 24, 2012, 8:00am – The popular Falls Day Use Area in Forest Falls will be partially closed for about two months beginning September 4, while reconstruction work is completed. During reconstruction the bottom parking lot will be closed and the picnic loop will be closed Monday through Thursday as needed during reconstruction work.  The upper parking lot, which serves as the trailhead for the Vivian Creek Trail, will remain open. The Falls Day Use Area reconstruction project began last fall as part of a Forest Service National Infrastructure Improvement (CMII) program. The contract included improvements to access roads, parking areas, water systems, and accessibility.  A new entry station and picnic area host camp-site were also constructed. The final items to be completed are construction of a new restroom at the lower end of the site, finishing work at the restroom at the upper end, installation of picnic tables and pedestal BBQ grills in the picnic loop, and installation of a gate at the entrance. The Falls Day Use Area reconstruction project was selected as a national priority project, which is intended to address the Forest Service’s most critical health and safety infrastructure needs at areas heavily used by the public. [audio:http://kbhr933.com/wp-content/uploads/SP31653.mp3|titles=Falls Day Use Area Reconstruction – Mike Evans...

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Flash Floods Near Forest Falls And Mill Creek

Forest Falls, CA, August 17, 2012, 4:00pm – Flash flooding has been reported this afternoon in the Mill Creek area and Valley of the Falls Drive, in Forest Falls. Fire officials said the mud flow was about five feet deep. Highway 38 remains open. Flash flooding occurs along roadways, around underpasses, in normally dry washes and low lying areas. The national weather service advises motorists and residents not to cross flooded roadways or walk through flood...

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Fire Crews To Distribute Safety Information Door-To-Door

Lake Arrowhead, CA, June 19, 2012, 8:00am – Starting this month, San Bernardino County Fire Department firefighters will be going door-to-door promoting wildfire safety to homeowners and families in the mountain communities. Crews from County Fire Stations in Fawnskin, Lake Arrowhead, Green Valley Lake, Angelus Oaks and Forest Falls will be walking their neighborhoods, inspecting properties on the forest border that would be the first threatened by encroaching fire. The door-to-door project has been in development for some time, and is an extension of long-term efforts by agencies across the mountaintop to create a safer forest. With the end of federal grants that have funded hazardous tree and fire safety programs for over a decade, local fire suppression crews will be “boots on the ground” supporting the efforts of county agencies such as code enforcement, hazardous trees, and prevention. Firefighters will deliver door-hangers containing publications like the county’s Ready, Set, Go preparedness plan, a comprehensive guide for homeowners who want to make their homes defensible and their families mobile if a fire occurs. [audio:http://kbhr933.com/wp-content/uploads/SP315581.mp3|titles=Fire Crews Distributing Safety Info – Mike Evans...

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