Tag: Wildfires

The “Lake Fire” Complete Story as Updated

Big Bear, CA, July 9, 2015, 11:40am – The Lake Fire has remained at approximately 31,359 acres in size and is 98% contained and is being managed by Jason Winbigler’s Type 3 Team from the San Bernardino National Forest. The fire behavior is currently minimal with heavy fuels smoldering within the perimeter.  Smoke may be visible, however it is all well inside the containment lines.  It is common for smoke to be visible from inside a fire’s perimeter line for months until a season-ending event occurs, such as weeks of wetting rains or snow.  Fire crews and helicopters will...

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Fire Danger, More Typical of Late Summer

Big Bear, CA, June 6, 2014 – Since November 1, 2013, many areas in California have received less than half their normal precipitation, resulting in very dry brush. As of Memorial Day weekend, there have been more than 1,700 wildfires in California since the start of the year, which have burned more than 15,000 acres. Compared to the five year average, that is nearly double the amount of California fires and is more than double the amount of acres burned. Very little rainfall typically occurs this time of the year, so conditions are not likely to improve anytime soon. Dispose of cigarettes correctly and not out of the window of your car. Use only propane or natural gas grills for outdoor barbecues and never leave them unattended. Make sure your gas powered landscaping tools are equipped with a spark arrestor. One recent fire was started by a trailer tow chain dragging on the road and causing sparks.  It doesn’t take much to start a fire, so exercise extreme caution and use common...

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San Bernardino National Forest Fire Restrictions Increase

San Bernardino, CA, June 29, 2012, 8:00am – As the seasonal fire danger increases, forest officials are increasing fire use restrictions on the San Bernardino National Forest effective today (Friday, June 29, 2012). The forest experienced less than average winter snow and rainfall, and the seasonal outlook calls for a warmer summer with below average rainfall, which could create the potential for large fires. Forest officials are taking these steps to prevent human-caused fires and raise public awareness. Most wildfires are human-caused and forest visitors are reminded to exercise caution when visiting the National Forest and maintain a higher level of awareness with the increased fire risk. Travelers through the Forest should remain on designated roads and never park on dry brush or grass. Fire restrictions and guidelines effective today (Friday June 29, 2012) on the San Bernardino National Forest are as follows: 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, Fisherman’s Camp, or the following Pacific Crest Trail Camps: Bench Camp, Deer Springs, Doble, Holcomb Crossing, Little Bear Springs, and Mission Springs. 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...

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Wildfire Awareness Week Encourages Homeowner Preparedness

Sacramento, CA, May 2, 2011, noon – This week is “Wildfire Awareness Week”. Cal Fire is urging homeowners to be ready for wildfires. Wildfire Awareness Week is designed to not only remind Californians of the dangers wildfires pose, but also to educate them on how to prepare their property. So far this year, California has experienced above average rainfall across the state. The increased precipitation has left many areas abundantly green and overgrown. However, as warmer temperatures and drier conditions occur, the grass and brush will begin to dry out and the fire danger will dramatically increase. This year’s theme for Wildfire Awareness Week is once again the nationwide fire preparedness campaign of “Ready, Set, Go!”. Being Ready for a wildfire starts by maintaining 100 feet of Defensible Space and hardening homes with fire resistant building materials. Last summer, Cal Fire launched a new website, www.ReadyForWildfire.org to assist homeowners in preparing for wildfires. The site offers steps residents should take to make their home more resistant to wildfires and to ensure that their family is ready to evacuate early and safely when a wildfire strikes. [audio:http://kbhr933.com/wp-content/uploads/SP30679.mp3|titles=Wildfire Awareness...

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