Category: Current News

Mart Fire in Highland

UPDATE: 6/28/17, 7:15pm – The Mart Fire has been reduced in size to 670 acres due to more accurate mapping.  The fire is now 40% contained.  There are 544 firefighters assigned to the fire including 16 hand crews, 38 engines and 2 dozers.  Fire personnel will start to demobilize resources beginning tomorrow. UPDATE: 6/28/17, 7:15AM – Overnight, the Mart Fire has remained at 902 acres with 15% containment.  Smoke may still be visible in Big Bear and Highway 330 remains open. UPDATE: 6/27/17, 10:10PM – The Mart Fire in Highland is at 902 acres with 0% containment.  Highway 330...

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Holcomb Fire – 95% Contained 1503 Acres

Update 6/27/17 – The Holcomb Fire is 95% contained.  The total acreage remains at 1503 acres.  Firefighters will continue to monitor for hotspots and will continue wildfire suppression repair to dozer lines and roads.  Demobilization of excess resources will continue.  Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) remains closed from Hwy 18 to Van Dusen Canyon Road.  Otherwise, Van Dusen Canyon Road is open.  The Tanglewood Group Campground has reopened, however, the Doble Trail Campground remains closed.  Holcomb Valley Road is open from Highway 18 to the Transfer Station. Update 6/25/17 – Southern California Incident Management Team 2 will be transferring incident command...

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BVES Planned Power Outage for SCE Repairs

(PHOTO DATED 6/20/17) 6/23/17, 4:30pm – Bear Valley Electric Press Release:  Due to damage caused by the Holcomb Fire to Southern California Edison’s (SCE) power lines that feed Big Bear Valley from Lucerne, SCE has been conducting repairs as efficiently as possible while minimizing interruptions to service.  Tomorrow, Saturday June 24, 2017, SCE will be attempting to replace a critical pole by utilizing a helicopter and the power supply from Lucerne.  SCE has notified Bear Valley Electric the estimated outage window will be from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm in order to safely complete this work. Actual times may...

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First Church-Christ Scientist Cottage Lane Involved in Fire

Big Bear Fire Department responded today to a fire in the Big Bear Village “L” on Cottage Lane.  At 12:06 pm a fire call went out with 6 units of the Big Bear Fire Department responding immediately to a fire reported near the old Verizon building on Bartlett.  The early reports were that a building, behind the Verizon building and Nottingham’s Resort on cottage lane was on fire.  First Church-Christ Scientist was later identified as the actual building involved in today’s fire....

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Big Bear Lake Home Damaged by Fire

Big Bear Lake, CA – A residential structure fire was reported at approximately 2:45 p.m., Thursday, June 15, at Lakeview Drive and Lagunita Lane in Big Bear Lake. Upon arrival, fire crews observed the approximately 1,000 square foot, single-story, single family residence was fully charged with smoke and some flames visible from the exterior. Crews made entry through the front door and took approximately 20 minutes to suppress the fire. Seven Big Bear Fire Department crew members responded with three engines and two ambulances. Fire Chief Jeff Willis and Assistant Fire Chief Mike Maltby were on-scene along with Fire Prevention...

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