Tag: US Forest Service

Small fire seen from Lake Erwin – Fire Crews on Scene

Monday evening around 6:30 a vegetation fire was reported in the Sugarloaf area which was unrelated to an earlier structure fire in the town of Sugarloaf.   Big Bear Fire Department with Cal-Fire and Forest Service Fire responded.    The fire is being described as small but smoke may still be visible from the Erwin Lake area.  Air tankers and water dropping helicopters have been working with ground crews with good success.   Although we don’t have a size to report we were told that the local firefighters with Big Bear Fire were released and that with the cooler evening temperatures that...

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Arson Suspect Arrested Following Extensive Search

Crestline, CA – On Monday, May 1, at about 8:07 p.m., the California Highway Patrol and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department received multiple 911 calls reporting a male attempting to start a fire on Highway 18 just below the Highway 138 cut off in the area of Crestline. Officers from both agencies responded to the scene along with Cal Fire and US Forestry Fire. Numerous additional 911 calls were received reporting the subject was armed with a firearm and carrying an ax. The subject also threw rocks at a vehicle on the highway. The subject ran down the highway, fled over the side, and headed down toward Lower Bonnie Canyon. The subject lit an additional fire in the dense brush of the canyon, below the highway. Highway 18 was closed and all traffic was evacuated due to the fire and armed subject. Multiple law enforcement agencies including San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Twin Peaks and Central Stations, California Highway Patrol, San Bernardino Police Department, Cal Fire Investigators, US Forest Service Officers, and K9s from both the Sheriff’s Department and Montclair Police responded. A perimeter was established as helicopters from the Sheriff’s Department and Highway Patrol used FLIR to search for the subject in the dense brush. The subject, identified as Benjamin Andrew Baptiste, a 27 year old resident of Cedar Glen, was located on the side of Highway 18, within...

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San Bernardino National Forest Announces New Deputy Forest Supervisor

Big Bear, CA, September 29, 2016 – Kay Wiand has been selected as the new Deputy Forest Supervisor of the San Bernardino National Forest.  She is currently the National Budget Coordinator for Recreation, Lands and Wilderness Programs in the Washington Office. “We are very excited about Kay coming to the Inland Empire,” said Forest Supervisor Jody Noiron.  “She has significant experience in recreation, lands, and the forest service budget.  Kay’s energy and grasp of complex issues will make her a great addition to the San Bernardino National Forest.” Wiand, received a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in History...

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Residents Catch and Detain Arsonist

San Bernardino, CA, September 28, 2016 – On Sunday, Sept. 25, at about 8:15 p.m., firefighters from San Bernardino County Fire and the US Forest Service responded to a reported vegetation fire in lower Waterman Canyon in San Bernardino. Upon their arrival, the fire had been extinguished by a resident.  The resident stated a male subject had started the fire and gave fire authorities a description.  A search of the area turned up negative for the subject described. Later the next morning just after midnight, another vegetation fire was reported in the same vicinity. While firefighters fought to contain the...

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US Forest Service Needs Volunteers

Big Bear, CA, September 21, 2016 – The Southern California Mountains Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service is calling for volunteers, ages 6 and older, to join them on National Public Lands Day, the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands, on Saturday, September 24, 2016. Volunteers are needed to help plant hundreds of milkweed plants in the San Bernardino National Forest for monarch butterfly habitat enhancement. “Bring your family, friends, students, or coworkers to spend the day outdoors giving back to your favorite mountains, the San Bernardinos.  Your work will help ensure our public lands continue to be beautiful and healthy places for all to enjoy!” shared Juli Goss, Restoration Manager of the Southern California Mountains Foundation. Registration is required at MountainsFoundation.org. Participants will meet at 9:00am at the Big Bear Discovery Center, located on the North Shore of Big Bear Lake, and caravan in their own vehicle 13 miles to the planting site in the forest. High clearance vehicles are recommended for travel to the site on dirt roads. A map, lunch, tools, and gloves will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring water, hat and sunscreen. A portable toilet will be available on site. The day of giving will end by 3:00pm at the Discovery Center. Volunteers will receive a fee-free use pass for a National Forest or National Park for their service; good for one...

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