Category: Current News

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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Local Utility Scam Alert

Bear Valley Electric Service (BVES) is alerting customers to a current utility scam that seeks to swindle them out of their money by threatening to shut off their power if immediate payment is not received.  The imposters are calling customers posing as representatives of the power company and are using tactics to pressure customers into calling a phone number and surrendering credit card information.  “Unfortunately these types of utility scams have been growing nationally and have already affected many areas of Southern California,” BVES Director Paul Marconi said. “It is important for our customers to know it is against BVES’ policy to call customers and demand payment by threatening of shutting off their power.”  If a BVES customer feels they are being targeted by a scammer via phone, they should end the call immediately and call BVES Customer Service at (909) 866-4678 to verify their account status. Customers are also encouraged to contact the local San Bernardino County Sheriff’s office at (909) 866-0100 to report the incident.  If customers believe that they may have been a victim of this scam, they can report it online to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force at...

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