Category: Current News

Pilot Fire Evacuees Allowed to Return Home

Big Bear, CA, August 12, 2016 – Effective Friday, August 12, 2016, at 9:00 a.m., all evacuation orders and advisories for the mountain communities affected by the Pilot Fire have been lifted. Highway 173 will remain closed between Grass Valley Road and Rock Camp, and all previously closed forest roads shall be restricted to fire traffic to support ongoing suppression and rehabilitation operations. The fire has burned 8,115 acres and is at 80% containment. Residents returning to the evacuation zone are asked to exercise caution. Firefighters, engines, and heavy equipment will continue to operate in the area. The San Bernardino County Sheriff shall continue enhanced patrols...

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Bear Valley Search and Rescue Find Lost Hiker

Big Bear, CA, August 11, 2016 – On Tuesday, August 9, at approximately 10:00 a.m., a Pomona man reported his wife missing. The family of the victim provided information which led to the discovery of the victim’s vehicle on Forest Service road 2N15 (Glory Ridge) at about 8:00 p.m. Deputies, including a bloodhound and helicopter, conducted an initial search but were unable to locate the victim. In the morning hours of August 10, Bear Valley Search & Rescue responded to the scene and initiated a full search of the area. BVSAR located the victim at the bottom of the canyon near...

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Pilot Fire Now at 64% Containment

Big Bear, CA, August 10, 2016 – As of this morning, fire containment has jumped due to the significant work done by the firefighters both on the ground and in the air. The Pilot Fire is currently 7,861 acres, up 1500 acres since yesterday, but containment has gone from 6% to 64%. Overnight and this morning there was moderate activity with spot fires on the western flank successfully contained. The plan now is to hold the fire within current containment lines, continue to construct and improve the fire line, and fighting the fire to the degree possible to ensure...

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Pilot Fire – Tuesday Update

Big Bear, CA, August 9, 2016 – The Pilot Fire, which started on Sunday, August 7, grew almost 2000 acres since yesterday. This morning, the fire is currently 6,298 acres with 6% containment. The Hwy. 173 closure has been extended from SR-138 to North Bay Road. Voluntary evacuations have been extended into the Lake Arrowhead area north of Peninsula Road, east of Brentwood Road, and west of North Bay Road. A shelter has been set up at Oak Hills High School in Hesperia and a second American Red Cross Reception and Care Center will be open at Rim of...

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Update on the Pilot Fire

Big Bear, CA, August 8, 2016 – The Pilot Fire started at about 12:10 pm on Sunday, August 7, near the Miller Canyon OHV area off of Highway 138. The Forest Service is in Unified Command with CALFIRE, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, and California Highway Patrol. This morning, the Forest Service used infrared mapping on the fire and updated the acreage to 4,500 acres with 5%containment. Highway 173 is closed between State Route 138 and Arrowhead Lake Road. Hwy 138 is now open between I-15 and Crestline/Hwy 18. Forest roads 2N33, 2N17X, 2N36, and 2N37 are closed. Miller Canyon OHV Area...

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