Category: Environment

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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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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The Adventure Pass is Back

San Bernardino, CA, July 20 – To implement a settlement reached by plaintiffs and the U.S. Forest Service, a district court has vacated a 2014 ruling that affected the U.S. Forest Service’s ability to enforce recreation fees at standard amenity recreation fee sites in the Los Padres, Angeles, San Bernardino and Cleveland National Forests in southern California. On May 19, 2016, the district court granted a joint motion by the plaintiffs and the U.S. Forest Service to accept the settlement agreement, which resulted in the 2014 judgment being vacated. Standard amenity recreation fee sites provide amenities such as designated developed parking, picnic tables, toilet facilities,...

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California Naturalist Volunteer Training Big Bear Discovery Center; September-November 2016

Big Bear, CA, July 17th, 2016 – Do you enjoy learning about the natural world? Would you like to learn about the amazing and unique ecology of California? If so, consider becoming a California Naturalist! Southern California Mountains Foundation is proud to host a California Naturalist Volunteer Training at the Big Bear Discovery Center in Fawnskin, CA beginning September 16, 2016 and through November 4, 2016; every Friday from 9am to 12pm. Three Saturdays will be devoted to field trips with hours 9am to 4pm. California Naturalist volunteers complete a 40-hour hands-on course with expert instructors and fellow learners – studying natural history, environmental interpretation, and...

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