Tag: US Forest Service

Pacific Crest Trail & Santa Ana River Trail Re-Open within the Lake Fire Closure

Big Bear, CA, July 23rd, 2016 – Forest Service officials have re-opened a portion of the San Bernardino National Forest closed in 2015 as a result of the 31,359 acre Lake Fire.  The areas reopened includes the Pacific Crest Trail, Santa Ana River Trail and the East Flats near Barton Flats. Trail crews rehabilitated the portion of the Pacific Crest Trail within the burned area, for foot traffic with the following conditions:   Hikers must possess a Pacific Crest Trail Long Distance Hiker Permit. Equestrian use is not recommend. Hikers must stay on the Pacific Crest Trail within the...

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SMALL VEGETATION FIRE IN BIG BEAR CITY Quickly Brought Under Control by Local Resources

Big Bear, CA, June 5th, 2016 – A small vegetation fire occurred early in the morning, Saturday, June 4, 2016 at Greenway Drive and Pioneer Lane in Big Bear City. The fire occurred approximately 300 yards off of Pioneer Lane and is estimated to have burned just over an eighth of an acre. Big Bear Fire Department responded to the call of the fire shortly after 6:30 a.m. and quickly brought the fire under control by 7:00 a.m. Big Bear Fire Department’s Battalion Chief Harold, two brush engines, and one engine responded to the call. Big Bear Fire Department received assistance from one Cal...

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Volunteers Needed for Annual Meadows Edge Clean-Up Day

Big Bear, CA, April 14, 2016 – The second annual Meadows Edge Clean Up Day is scheduled for Saturday, May 7, 2016, at the popular day use picnic area from 9am to 1pm. Volunteers of all ages are needed to help with the general clean up and prepare this popular family area for the 2016 summer season.   Registration is required at MountainsFoundation. Volunteers can participate with family and friends and make it FUN! Free lunch and tools are provided.  In addition, an opportunity drawing will be available to win prizes. “We’re looking forward to the 2016 event to pull together...

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US Forest Service First Fee Free Day Of 2016

Big Bear, CA, January 16, 2016 – In honor of Martin Luther King Jr’s dedication and forward thinking the US Forest Service would like to extend an invitation to everyone on Monday, January 18, for this year’s first “Fee Free Day” on the national forests in Southern California. The National Forest Adventure Pass will not be required for visitors recreating in the San Bernardino, Angeles, Cleveland and Los Padres National Forests. By waiving fees, The Forest Service is working to ensure as many visitors as possible have the opportunity to experience the great outdoors and take advantage of the many recreational activities America’s...

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Inland Empire Man Convicted of Threatening to Kill Federal Officer

Big Bear, CA November 2, 2015 – An Inland Empire man, Richard Latka, 56, of Hemet, was convicted of threatening to kill a Federal Forest Service Officer who came to the man’s home to ask about trash dumped in the San Bernardino National Forest.  According to the evidence, the Officer went to Latka’s residence in October 2014 to investigate.  The officer encountered Latka who reacted angrily and ran toward the officer with clenched fists. Believing that Latka intended to hit him, the officer drew his Taser gun. Latka stopped running but continued screaming at the officer. The officer tried to remove himself from the situation by getting into his car, but Latka continued to scream at the officer and pounded on the window of the law enforcement vehicle with his fist. The officer drove away, but Latka followed in his own car, yelling “next time you’re dead.” “Threatening the lives of law enforcement officers will not be tolerated,” said United States Attorney Eileen M. Decker. The officer in this case took many steps to de-escalate the situation and prevent it from getting worse. If not for the officer’s professionalism and calm, the defendant’s conduct could have become more violent and dangerous.  Sentencing is set for January 25, 2016, at which time Latka will face a statutory maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison, a three-year period of supervised release, and...

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