Category: ALERTS/Breaking Big Bear News

FRAUD ALERT – Bluecut Fire

Big Bear, CA, August 26, 2016 – The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has received reports from residents of a man calling claiming to represent CALFIRE. The caller is asking residents for donations to assist persons displaced by the recent Blue Cut Fire. The Sheriff’s Department has confirmed with CALFIRE that they are not soliciting for donations and encourage citizens not to give anyone personal or banking information via the telephone regarding donations. CALFIRE will not call citizens and ask for donations. If you have been contacted by anyone seeking donations on behalf of CALFIRE, you are asked to call your local law enforcement agency and report this fradulent activity. If you have made a donation to CALFIRE based on a phone call you received soliciting a donation also contact your local law enforcement agency. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact Deputy H. Hubbard at the Phelan Sheriff’s Station at (760) 868-1006 between the hours of 8am – 5pm. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information online...

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BVCHD Announces Permanent CFO

Big Bear Lake, CA, August 23, 2016 – The Board of Directors of Bear Valley Community Healthcare District is pleased to announce the appointment of Garth Hamblin as the permanent Chief Financial Officer effective immediately. Mr. Hamblin has served the District as the interim CFO for the past 11 months, and the Board voted unanimously to keep him with the district as the new permanent CFO. Garth Hamblin was born and raised in southern Idaho where he attended Ricks College in Rexburg, and graduated with an Associate Degree. He continued his education at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where he graduated with a degree in accounting. Prior to joining the District, Mr. Hamblin has worked for over 30 years in healthcare finance. Most of Mr. Hamblin’s years were spent in Alaska, however from August 2013 to June 2015, he and his wife, Sandy lived in the Kingdom of Tonga in the South Pacific. When Mr. Hamblin is not working he enjoys fly-fishing, camping, reading, music and singing. He and his wife enjoy traveling, and he expressed that his favorite place that they have traveled to is Polynesia. Mr. Hamblin stated “I am excited to be the permanent CFO! We still have some work to do, and I am excited to be a part of the District’s future.”...

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Frontier Communications Landlines Down

UPDATE : August 23, 2016 – The cause of yesterday’s loss of phone service was due to a damaged fiber-optic cable providing service for Frontier Communications. Multiple agencies including Bear Valley Electric Service, Southwest Gas, Frontier, and CalTrans are working on projects on Big Bear Boulevard.  Yesterday early afternoon, a third-party construction contractor was digging equipment and damaged the underground fiber optic cable on Big Bear Boulevard near Stanfield Cutoff causing a temporary interruption of telecommunication service for Frontier’s customers.  Frontier technicians responded to assess the damage and restore service.  All services were restored by 5:11pm.  If Frontier customers are still without service or are in need of assistance, residential customers should call 800-921-8101 and business customers should call 800-921-8102. Big Bear, CA, August 22, 2016 – According to Fire Chief Jeff Willis, Frontier Communications landlines are not working.  The cause for this interruption of service is unknown.  Local fire authorities are working on a solution.  If you have an emergency, call 911 on either a cell phone or Charter Communications internet...

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Evacuation Orders Lifted For All Communities Affected by Blue Cut Fire

San Bernardino County, CA, August 22, 2016 – Effective Sunday, August 21st, at 4:00 p.m., the evacuation orders for Wrightwood, Swarthout Canyon, Lone Pine Canyon, West Cajon Valley and Lytle Creek have all been lifted. RESIDENTS ONLY will be allowed past the road closures. Some residents returning to their homes may find that they are without electricity. Southern California Edison is working diligently to restore utilities. Residents returning to the evacuation zone should exercise caution. Firefighters, engines, and heavy equipment continue to operate in the area. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department will continue enhanced patrols through these areas with additional units. Hwy 138 is open to residents only from Hwy 2 to Stone Basin Road. Hwy 138 at Stone Basin Road to Interstate 15 is closed to allow emergency equipment in the area to replace power poles affected by the fire. Lone Pine Canyon Road at Swarthout Canyon Road to Hwy 138 is closed. US Forest Road 3N31 at Lone Pine Canyon Road is closed. The dirt road portion of Lytle Creek Road is closed from the gun range into the forest. The fire is currently 37,020 acres with 89% containment. 1,223 personnel are assigned to the fire. A Damage Assessment Team working under the Blue Cut Fire Unified Command announced that a preliminary estimate of 105 single family residences and 216 outbuildings were destroyed by the Blue Cut Fire. Calfire and all the agencies...

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Blue Cut Fire – Incident Commanders Ask For Public’s Help

Big Bear, CA, August 20th, 2016 – The Blue Cut Fire remains under investigation, however, the Unified Incident Commanders have determined that the public’s assistance is needed. Anyone who may have been in or around the area of southbound Interstate 15 between Cleghorn and Kenwood Roads or along Old Cajon Boulevard through this same section on Tuesday, August 16th, between 10:00 am and 11:00 am and believe that they may have seen something suspicious is asked to share that information. If you believe you have information, photos, or video of this area in this time frame, please call 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or on the web at www.wetip.com The Blue Cut Fire started on Tuesday, August 16th, and has so far burned 37,020 acres, destroyed 105 homes, 216 outbuildings and is at 40% containment. All calls can remain confidential. Thank you for your assistance in this ongoing...

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