Category: Environment

SoCal Mountains Foundation Recruiting for AmeriCorps Service Crews

Big Bear, CA – The Southern California Mountains Foundation Urban Conservation Corps AmeriCorps program is now recruiting individuals ages 18-25 years old that want to serve for 6 months on a service crew that will help restore and protect the San Bernardino National Forest. AmeriCorps service crew members will provide wildfire disaster mitigation services that will target some of the most hazardous areas on the San Bernardino National Forest that are at the highest risk of wildfires due to the current drought conditions in California. Members of the AmeriCorps program will also recruit and train over 1,000 volunteers from the...

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Financial Assistance Available to Forest Landowners

Big Bear, CA – Over the last several years California has experienced abnormally dry conditions. These conditions have fueled wildfires that are challenging our natural resources. The Natural Resources Conservation Service has federal funding for forestland owners that are experiencing dead trees, trees threatened by beetles and other pests, and thick understory that poses wildfire risk. On Saturday, March 18th, at the Big Bear Discovery Center from 9:00 – 11:00am, there will be an opportunity to learn more about forest health and opportunities to apply for funding to protect your forestland. There will be representatives from several agencies such as...

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Air Rescue 307 Finds Injured Hiker After Activation of Personal GPS Locator Device

Lake Arrowhead, CA – On Wednesday, March 8th, members of the Sheriff’s Department Emergency Operations Division received information regarding an injured hiker in the Pinnacles area of Lake Arrowhead. The Office of Emergency Services for the State of California received an activation from an In-Reach personal locator device. The activation included text messages, which said the victim, William Simpson, a 67 year old man from Santa Monica, had fallen while hiking and was suffering from injuries. The crew of San Bernardino County Air Rescue 7 was requested to assist. The crew responded to the location using the GPS coordinates provided...

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Forest Falls Area Landslide

UPDATE:  Due to the potential for incoming weather to impact the volatile landslide at Forest Falls, the Bear Valley Unified School District has made the decision to close Fallsvale Elementary School for Friday, February 17th.     Authorities are closely monitoring a landslide in the area of Forest Falls which began sliding on Thursday.  According to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, the slide area is directly behind the fire station on Valley of the Falls Drive.  The slide did stabilize in the mid-afternoon hours, however, there is concern for continued movement with the upcoming rain, snow and high winds expected on Friday.  Four homes, and the fire station, are threatened.  Two of the homes are vacant and residents of the two remaining homes have voluntarily evacuated.  Additionally, firefighters have relocated their equipment out of the fire station.  According to the Public Information Officer for County Fire, they will continue to monitor the situation and adjust their plan as needed.  Valley of the Falls Drive is the main roadway in and out of Forest Falls and is open at this time.  Travel on Highway 38 is not impacted by this situation....

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CAL FIRE Hand-Crews Clear Hydrants Buried by Winter Storms

Big Bear, CA, February 2, 2017 – Big Bear Fire Department and CAL FIRE have teamed up to clear fire hydrants buried by last week’s series of big storms. Beginning, Monday, January 30, 2017, CAL FIRE put hand-crews on the streets of Big Bear Valley helping dig out the hydrants buried under huge berms of ice and snow. These hand-crews, dressed in orange jump suits, are part of the same inmate program CAL FIRE uses to battle wild fires. Big Bear Fire Department Assistant Fire Marshal Nick Bruinsma stated, “The digging out will begin where road departments have completed its...

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