Tag: National Weather Service

High Winds Accompany Incoming Storm

Big Bear, CA, February 17, 2016 – According to the National Weather Service, a storm approaching from the Pacific Northwest today will drive a cold front south across the state on Thursday. The storm will generate strong, possibly damaging winds over the mountains and adjacent desert areas of San Bernardino County. All mountains of Southern California will see strong winds Wednesday night into Thursday. But the area of greatest concern for wind extends along the ridge tops of the San Bernardino Mountains and adjacent desert foothill areas from Pinion Hills and Phelan, east through Hesperia, to near Lucerne Valley. Highways 18 and 247...

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Local Forests Under Fire Weather Watch

San Bernardino National Forest, January 13, 2014 – The National Weather Service has issued a Fire Weather Watch throughout the Inland Empire due to extremely low humidity. A Fire Weather Watch indicates critically dry conditions that dangerously increase the risk of wildfire. Humidity could dip into single digits with little recovery overnight, especially in wind-prone areas through and below passes and canyons, which could see gusts up to 40 miles per hour. Wildfires burned over 4 million acres across the country in 2013; the continued lack of precipitation in our local mountains should be a red flag to residents and visitors alike. Remember: Never toss burning cigarettes out into dry brush areas. Completely extinguish any campfires and douse them with water so they cannot relight. Be cautious with mowing or weed-wacking equipment on dry brush – one spark can ignite a blaze.  ...

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Wildfire Home Assessment & Checklist

Big Bear Lake, CA, March 30, 2013 – A dry winter in California has officials concerned that this year’s wildfire season could arrive early and have more severe impacts. Already the state has had to battle early wildfires, including a fire in Riverside County on February 28. According to the National Weather Service, many areas in Southern California, are well below the average rainfall for this time of the year. You can determine what you need to do to prepare your home for wildfire season and reduce your property’s risks using the Wildfire Home Assessment and Checklist made available by the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS). The checklist offers guidance to identify possible wildfire risks, and resources on how to build defensible space on your property. In addition, the checklist also provides a cost estimator that helps you prioritize which actions will work within your...

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Prepare Your Home For Wildfire Season

Big Bear Lake, CA, July 31, 2012, 3:00pm – The National Weather Service has reported some areas of California received up to 20 fewer inches of rain than expected during the period between October 2011 and June 2012, making it one of the driest so-called rainy seasons on record. California’s below-average rainfall causes green grass and plant life to dry out faster than usual, and when combined with high summer temperatures, this greatly increases the risk of wildfires. The Department of Forestry & Fire Protection has increased staffing and urges residents to educate themselves about fire preparedness. Here are some tips to help prepare for the next few months: Create a fire buffer zone of at least 30 feet around houses. Replace exterior flammable materials on homes with siding and roofs that have at least a fire-resistance rating of one to two hours. Move flammable and combustible items at least 50 feet away from your home. Keep irrigation systems in working order.  Have your pool accessible for fire engines to get within 10 feet. Pools can serve as a water source for fighting fires. Have your home address visible from the street so emergency crews can quickly identify your home during an emergency.    [audio:http://kbhr933.com/wp-content/uploads/SP31618.mp3|titles=Wildfire Preparation – Mike Evans Reporting]...

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