Single-Digit Humidity + Gusty Winds = Fire Watch

San Bernardino Mountains, January 23, 2014 - There is a Fire Weather Watch in effect late tonight through Friday night, due to increasingly dry conditions and strong winds. A Fire Weather Watch means that critical fire weather conditions are forecast to occur (which would be accompanied by a Red Flag Warning). During the last Fire Weather Warning … [Read more...]

The Trouble With Conifers


Big Bear City, CA, January 16, 2014 - For all the work trees do to clean our air, pollinating trees are the bane of allergy sufferers. This week, the unseasonably warm weather and windy conditions are making the situation worse. Several websites that rate pollen levels on a scale from 1 to 12 show Big Bear averaging 9.1 over the next few days, with … [Read more...]

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, … [Read more...]

Forest Visitors to be Surveyed on Activities and Satisfaction

Big Bear Valley, CA, October 4, 2013 - Federal furloughs notwithstanding, the San Bernardino National Forest will be participating in a one-year visitor survey called the National Visitor Use Monitoring (NVUM). This survey process, done in partnership with the University of California at San Marcos, will be conducted  through September 30, … [Read more...]

This Saturday, Forget the Forest Fees

San Bernardino National Forest, September 27, 2013 - The San Bernardino National Forest is offering a fee-free day this Saturday in conjunction with the 20th annual National Public Lands Day. On September 28, no Adventure Pass will be required for use of Standard Amenity Fee sites. National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest, single-day … [Read more...]

Discovery Center Breaks New Ground

Fawnskin, CA, August 30, 2013 -- The Big Bear Discovery Center has long been an education portal to the outdoors. Now, it is the first certified Nature Explore Classroom in a U.S. National Forest. Nature Explore Classrooms are part of a collaborative project of the Arbor Day Foundation and the Dimensions Educational Research Foundation … [Read more...]

13,000 Pot Plants Seized at Butler Creek


San Bernardino National Forest, CA, August 27, 2013 - In the predawn hours of August 22, the Sheriff’s Marijuana Enforcement Team conducted an eradication operation near Butler Creek, about four miles west of the Big Bear Lake Dam. With assistance from the U.S. Forest Service, the DEA and the Campaign Against Marijuana Planting, investigators … [Read more...]

Fire Department Reminds Residents to Take Precautions Now

San Bernardino National Forest, CA, August 16, 2013 -- By early April, California was already showing signs of having one of the most active fire seasons in history. In our county in particular, low moisture, plentiful fuels, and the forthcoming Santa Ana winds pose a triple threat. Are you prepared? The San Bernardino National Forest regularly … [Read more...]

Journey Tribute Band Returns to Discovery Center


Fawnskin, CA, July 12, 2013 - DSB, World’s Greatest Tribute to Journey, returns to the Big Bear Discovery Center Amphitheater on July 20 for the second installment of the 2013 Music in the Mountains summer concert series. Vocalist Juan Del Castillo captures the essence of renowned vocalist Steve Perry, and the band of world-class musicians … [Read more...]

With Increased Fire Risk, More Responsibility

San Bernardino National Forest, CA, June 27, 2013 - From a fire danger perspective, Big Bear has gotten a one-two punch this year: a winter of lower-than-average snowfall followed by a hot summer with below average rainfall. Accordingly, the U.S. Forest Service is increasing fire use restrictions on the San Bernardino National Forest as of … [Read more...]