Tag: U. S. Forest Service

SBD National Forest Increases Fire Restrictions

Big Bear, CA, September 1, 2016 – The San Bernardino National Forest will increase the current seasonal fire restrictions effective Friday, September 2, 2016. Continued hot and dry conditions, coupled with a long-term outlook that predicts no change in weather trends and normal fall winds, have prompted local fire mangers to implement additional fire restrictions on the National Forest. Designed to prevent accidental wildfires, these restrictions will affect additional recreation sites and become more restrictive in areas already in restrictions. “The Blue Cut and Pilot Fires are good examples of how fast new fires are likely to spread this year,”...

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The Adventure Pass is Back

San Bernardino, CA, July 20 – To implement a settlement reached by plaintiffs and the U.S. Forest Service, a district court has vacated a 2014 ruling that affected the U.S. Forest Service’s ability to enforce recreation fees at standard amenity recreation fee sites in the Los Padres, Angeles, San Bernardino and Cleveland National Forests in southern California. On May 19, 2016, the district court granted a joint motion by the plaintiffs and the U.S. Forest Service to accept the settlement agreement, which resulted in the 2014 judgment being vacated. Standard amenity recreation fee sites provide amenities such as designated developed parking, picnic tables, toilet facilities,...

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Youth Conservation Corps Benefits Students and Mountains

San Bernardino National Forest, CA, July 11, 2016 – High school students, ages 15-17, are using their summer break to work in conservation, side-by-side with the Southern California Mountains Foundation and U.S. Forest Service staff, fulfilling a need for trail maintenance in the Cleveland and San Bernardino National Forests. It’s a 7-week paid assignment for 11 students in a grant funded by the U.S. Forest Service. Sandy Bonilla, director, SCMF’s Urban Conservation Corp of the Inland Empire stated, “We’re educating our multi-cultural urban youth on environmental issues through their service.  They are having fun and working hard while developing an affinity...

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Busy Week for Big Bear and County Law Enforcement

Big Bear, CA, March 1, 2016 –  On February 26, 2016, at approximately 02:55 pm., deputies from the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station responded to the report of an attempted robbery at Nick’s Automotive Center. Upon arrival deputies were advised that a male subject entered the business and showed an imitation firearm to the clerk working at the front counter and demanded money. He then fled west on Big Bear Blvd. before receiving any money. A vehicle description and license plate were obtained before the vehicle fled. Sheriff’s Aviation and Twin Peaks Station assisted Big Bear Deputies in a search for...

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Violation of Fire Restrictions Carries Hefty Penalties

Big Bear Lake, CA, June 21, 2014 – Wildfire prevention is serious business in the San Bernardino Mountains. New restrictions and guidelines were posted on Thursday, June 19, and the US Forest Service says they’ll be aggressively citing those who don’t comply. With lives and property at stake, violation of these prohibitions carry serious consequences as Class B misdemeanors under federal law: fines up to $10,000, imprisonment for up to six months, or both.  Violators may also be responsible for resource damage, suppression costs and any injuries that occur if they’re found liable for causing a wildfire. · Wood and charcoal fires are permitted only in developed campgrounds and picnic grounds and within agency provided fire rings or camp stoves. · Wood and charcoal fires are not permitted at Yellow Post campsites. · Campfire permits are required for propane and gas stoves and lanterns used outside of all developed recreation sites. · Recreational shooting is limited to Public Shooting Ranges operated under special use permit only, except those engaged in legal hunting. · An approved spark arrester is required for any internal combustion engine operated on designated forest routes. These include chainsaws, generators, motorcycles, and off-highway vehicles. · Smoking is limited to an enclosed vehicle or building, or within a Developed Recreation Site. · Fireworks are always prohibited on the San Bernardino National Forest. Call the local ranger station with...

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