Category: Current News

Fire Tax Fee Dropped for Rural Areas of California

The much debated and often labeled as an illegal and redundant tax will soon be dropped as part of Assembly Bill 398 — the Global Warming Solutions Act.   Although not linked to global warming the fire tax elimination was a method to garner more votes from rural assembly members on both sides of the political spectrum.  For a large number of property owners in Big Bear they will be overjoyed with the news as many considered it an unnecessary fee derived in order to help shore up weakened state budgets.    Several state lawmakers including Retired State Senator George...

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Big Bear Fire Department Names Firefighter of the Year

Big Bear, CA – Firefighter of the Year exemplifies the positive characteristics of a member of the fire service with a notable record of service and achievements. This award is presented to an individual who has given selflessly of themselves in support of the Fire Department, the fire service and the community in general. Firefighter/Paramedic William Schlosser earned that honor this year and was recognized at the Big Bear Elks Lodge on Tuesday, July 11, at their annual Firefighters’ Appreciation Dinner for Big Bear Fire Department firefighters. Big Bear Fire Department Fire Chief Jeff Willis and Elks Lodge representative Mike...

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Bear Valley Electric ‘Throws the Switch’

Big Bear Lake, CA – Bear Valley Electric Service has completed construction on relocating three miles of power poles and electrical wires to state-of-the-art underground conduits along Big Bear Boulevard. The project, conducted in tandem with sidewalk upgrades by the City of Big Bear Lake, improves safety, reliability and aesthetics along Big Bear’s main tourist thoroughfare. Compared to above- ground transmission lines stretched between utility poles, underground power lines last longer, require less maintenance and are better protected from damage due to weather, car crashes and animals. BVES Director Paul Marconi sated, “We want to thank the community for its...

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Bridge Fire – Updated

UPDATE – 7/17/17 – 135 Firefighters are working on containment lines and suppression repair north of Greenspot Road north of the Iron Bridge near the City of Highland.  The fire has been mapped at 460 Acres and is 80% contained UPDATE – 7/16/17 – Bridge fire 70% contained, 460 acres.  A total of 300 Firefighters are working a wildland fire burning north of Greenspot Road north of the Iron Bridge near the City of Highland. UPDATE: 6:15 AM 7/15/17 – A total of 500 firefighters are assigned to the “Bridge” fire.   Hot temperatures and dry fuel will be the challenge...

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Lightening Strike Fire in Big Bear City

The Big Bear Fire Department has reported a small 10 x 10x spot fire on Pioneer near Greenway in Big Bear City this morning.  The fire was reported at 5:37am caused  by a lightening strike to a tree.  Crews from Big Bear Fire, County Fire and the Forest Service responded and are now in the mop up...

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