Tag: July 4th

No Personal Fireworks – Additional Forest Restrictions

Big Bear Fire Department’s Assistant Chief-Fire Marshal Mike Maltby stated, “The only fireworks allowed in Big Bear is the professional 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular over the lake. No personal fireworks are allowed. Fire officials will be issuing citations with fines up to $1,000 for fireworks violations.” The Rotary Club of Big Bear Lake provides locals and visitors with a world class fireworks display on the evening of July 4th, visible from many vantage points in the Big Bear Valley. Sit back and enjoy the show with synchronized music on KBHR 93.3 and 102.5. Big Bear Fire Department encourages...

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July 4th Traffic Plan – No Left Turns on Big Bear Blvd

The July 4th event traffic plan will be in effect following this year’s fireworks celebration.  The City of Big Bear Lake with the enforcement efforts of the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department along with the California Highway Patrol want to help ease some of the traffic tangles that traditionally follow the fireworks show.   Motorists will make right hand turns only entering Big Bear Blvd. from Georgia to Temple Streets. Plan ahead and  park accordingly, depending on which way you will be leaving after the fireworks show.  If you will be traveling east after the show, motorists should park south of...

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July 4th Wrap-Up

Big Bear Lake, CA, July 10, 2014 – The lake level is about 9 1/2 feet down this week, and according to the Municipal Water District, the number of boats on the water was down over July 4th, compared to past years. Despite Independence Day falling on a Friday, there were only 349 vessels counted after 3pm. By comparison, there were 996 counted on July 4th in 1996 and 1,000 in 2009. The rest of the 2014 holiday weekend showed the same trend, with 364 boats on Saturday and 322 on Sunday. But the low numbers might have contributed to the good safety record over the three-day period: there were no citations or accidents. Mike Stephenson, Interim General Manager at the MWD through October, said, “As long as no one gets hurt we feel like we had a successful weekend. And if vacationers weren’t making it out to the lake in droves, there were still plenty of them in the valley. Rebecca Hrabia of the Big Bear Visitors Bureau reports that the 800-900 units of available lodging were sold out, and that their website continued its average annual gain of 10%....

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Play it Safe on Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Lake, CA, July 6, 2013 – Boaters are reminded to use extra caution on the water this weekend. More boating accidents occur during the July 4th holiday than any other time, and the number one cause is boat operators not paying enough attention. Consider designating a second person on board to help look out for other watercraft, obstacles, or people in the water. Here are some more tips to help keep you safe on Big Bear Lake: Steer to the right when approaching another vessel head on, and remember that in a crossing situation involving two power boats, the boater on the right has the right-of-way. Carry a properly-fitted life jacket for each person on board. The following people are legally required to wear life jackets: Children under the age of 13, personal watercraft riders, paddle-boarders, and anyone being towed behind a boat. Use water ski flags properly when skiers, wakeboarders or tubers are down. And lastly, don’t drink too much alcohol. Intoxicated passengers can fall overboard or cause the vessel to capsize. For more safety tips and boating laws, visit...

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Personal Fireworks Are Not Worth the Risk

Big Bear Lake, CA, July 4, 2013 – With San Bernardino County facing a dangerous wildland fire season, fire officials will be issuing citations for the illegal use of fireworks, with fines up to $1,250 for the first offense. Possession of any type of fireworks, including the so-called “safe and sane” fireworks, is against the law throughout the Big Bear Valley. Property owners may even be cited if they allow fireworks to be possessed, stored or used on their property. The National Fire Protection Association warns that on a typical 4th of July, fireworks cause more fires in the U.S. than all other causes combined. Fireworks also cause fatalities, blindness, and maiming injuries to children and adults every year. In the event a fire occurs due to the use of fireworks, the responsible persons are likely to face criminal charges and be held liable for damages. Luckily, there is no reason to risk fines and injuries; watch the skies over Big Bear on July 4th for one of the best displays in the region, and tune in to 93.3 FM for synchronized...

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