Category: Environment

US Forest Service Needs Volunteers

Big Bear, CA, September 21, 2016 – The Southern California Mountains Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service is calling for volunteers, ages 6 and older, to join them on National Public Lands Day, the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands, on Saturday, September 24, 2016. Volunteers are needed to help plant hundreds of milkweed plants in the San Bernardino National Forest for monarch butterfly habitat enhancement. “Bring your family, friends, students, or coworkers to spend the day outdoors giving back to your favorite mountains, the San Bernardinos.  Your work will help ensure our public lands continue to be beautiful and healthy places for all to enjoy!” shared Juli Goss, Restoration Manager of the Southern California Mountains Foundation. Registration is required at MountainsFoundation.org. Participants will meet at 9:00am at the Big Bear Discovery Center, located on the North Shore of Big Bear Lake, and caravan in their own vehicle 13 miles to the planting site in the forest. High clearance vehicles are recommended for travel to the site on dirt roads. A map, lunch, tools, and gloves will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring water, hat and sunscreen. A portable toilet will be available on site. The day of giving will end by 3:00pm at the Discovery Center. Volunteers will receive a fee-free use pass for a National Forest or National Park for their service; good for one...

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SBD National Forest Increases Fire Restrictions

Big Bear, CA, September 1, 2016 – The San Bernardino National Forest will increase the current seasonal fire restrictions effective Friday, September 2, 2016. Continued hot and dry conditions, coupled with a long-term outlook that predicts no change in weather trends and normal fall winds, have prompted local fire mangers to implement additional fire restrictions on the National Forest. Designed to prevent accidental wildfires, these restrictions will affect additional recreation sites and become more restrictive in areas already in restrictions. “The Blue Cut and Pilot Fires are good examples of how fast new fires are likely to spread this year,”...

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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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