Tag: prevention

Fire District Board Updated on Firewise Programs

Big Bear Lake, Ca July 15, 2011 12:00 pm – During Wednesday’s meeting of the Big Bear Lake Fire District, Fire Fuels Reduction Supervisor David Yegge gave a presentation about the multiple fire prevention programs the city is pursuing.  Big Bear Lake has received commendation for these programs, including an article in Sunset Magazine last September called “Doing it right: looking for the safest place to live in wildfire country? Welcome to Big Bear Lake”  Current programs highlighted by Yegge included the joint agency Curbside Chipping program throughout the Valley, the work with the County to remove dead and dying trees, updates to the Community Wildfire Protection Plan, and grants in progress for future programs.  One grant Yegge is working on would extend the successful chipping program for several additional years.  In June alone, the program received 570 requests for chipping, with another 225 made this month.  202 tons of brush has been chipped, with some of the wood chips being used at sites around the City, and some slated to be burned for electricity at a plant in Thermal, California.  During the presentation, the Board was invited to visit the firewise property during this Saturday’s Xeriscape Garden Tour.  The demonstration property uses native plants and careful landscaping to create a beautiful yard that also reduces the home’s vulnerability to wildfire.  The demonstration is part of the Districts’ programs...

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Fight Back Against Identity Theft

Big Bear, Ca April 8, 2011 3:00 pm – Many residents in the Big Bear Valley have experience with attempted identity theft.  They may have received a phone call from a person who represents themselves as a bank or agency.  During the conversation, the caller asks for verification of a social security number.  Hopefully awareness of the risk of identity theft will keep most people from giving out this information.  What many may not be aware of is that what is thrown in the trash can be mined for information as well.  The trash cans at our local Post Offices are overflowing with mail that is unwanted.  Some of this mail may include pre-approved credit card applications, checks for cash advances on credit cards, or other letters that include personal information.  It has been reported to KBHR that trash collectors have been seen going through the dumpsters outside the Big Bear City Post Office.  When asked, the Postmaster has stated the Post Office has no way to secure trash outside their facility.  It is each customer’s responsibility to ensure that mail thrown away in the Post Office does not include personal information.  If Big Bear Valley residents suspect that someone is using their identity, their child’s or another family member’s social security number, they should take four steps immediately.  1) Place a fraud alert on credit reports.  2) Close...

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