Category: Environment

CALFIRE Officials Confirm Over 66 Million Dead Trees in CA

Big Bear, CA, June 24, 2016 – As wildfires burn across California, new estimates on the number of dead trees in California were announced, prompting continued concern for California’s forest health and wildfire danger. The US Forest Service released the outcome of its latest aerial surveys over California forestland, finding that over 66 million trees have now died due to drought and bark beetles since 2010. That number is up from 29 million dead trees in 2015 and 3.3 million in 2014. CAL FIRE director, Chief Ken Pimlott states, “We must continue our work to remove dead trees around roadways...

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CALFIRE Suspends Burn Permits and Asks Homeowners to Create Defensible Space

San Bernardino County, CA, June 16, 2016 –  While recent rains this winter and spring have been a welcome sight in California, drought conditions continue to increase fire danger in the region prompting CAL FIRE to suspend all burn permits for outdoor residential burning within the State Responsibility Area which includes San Bernardino County. This suspension went into effect June 13 th , 2016 and bans all residential outdoor burning of landscape debris like branches and leaves. CAL FIRE San Bernardino Unit Chief Glenn Barley says, “Given our abundant grass crop this year and recent fire activity in southern California, it’s very important that everyone avoid activity that might generate sparks which could start a wildfire.” Chief Ken Pimlott, CAL FIRE director added, “As conditions across California are drying out further we must take every step to prevent new wildfires from sparking. Residents must ensure they have Defensible Space by removing dead trees and overgrown vegetation from around their homes, but do so safely.” Since January 1, 2016 CAL FIRE and firefighters across the state have already responded to over 1,344 wildfires. In the CAL FIRE San Bernardino, Inyo and Mono Unit, firefighters have responded to 168 wildfires. CAL FIRE is asking residents to ensure that they are prepared for wildfires by maintaining a minimum of 100 feet of Defensible Space around every home. Clear all dead and or dying vegetation 100 feet from around all structures. Landscape with fire resistant/drought tolerant plants. And find alternative ways...

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NOAA Forecasts Extremely Hot Weather This Weekend

Big Bear, CA, June 15, 2016 – High pressure aloft over northern Mexico will strengthen and expand to the north and west bringing a strong warming trend for Friday through Sunday with excessive heat likely by Sunday for inland areas and possibly near the coast. The heat wave could extend past Sunday and Monday into the middle of next week, but that is less certain. The hot temperatures and the transition from below average to well above average high temperatures could cause heat stress or illness. The potential for heat illness will increase if this heat wave extends beyond Sunday and...

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Do Not Disturb Young Wildlife: If You Care, Leave Them There

Big Bear, CA, May 10, 2016 – It’s springtime again and young wildlife are emerging from their dens and nests and beginning to learn the ways of the world. Because of this increase in wildlife activity, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife reminds people to leave young wildlife alone if they come across them in the wild. The improper handling of young wildlife is a problem in California and across the nation, especially in spring. “Each species cares for and trains its young in unique ways,” said Nicole Carion, CDFW’s statewide coordinator for wildlife rehabilitation. “Some animals, such as...

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Be Bear Aware

Big Bear, CA, May 5, 2016 – In spring, hibernating bears emerge from their winter slumber and begin an almost perpetual search for food. It is not uncommon for a black bear to consume up to 20,000 calories a day. Unfortunately, this search can sometimes lead bears into populated areas and conflicts with humans. “A bear’s nose is seven times better than a hound dog’s, and it will lead a bear to anything that is edible or smelly”, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Once a bear finds an easy food source, it will return again and again to the same location. Not only can bears get sick from ingesting trash, they can also become dangerous as they begin to associate humans with food. In order to keep bears in the wild and people safe, CDFW provides the following Bear Aware tips for people living in or visiting bear country. For residents, purchase and properly use a bear-proof garbage container and wait to put trash out until the morning of collection day. Don’t leave trash, groceries or animal feed in your car. Keep barbecue grills clean and stored in a garage or shed when not in use. Don’t leave any scented products outside, including non-food items like suntan lotion and candles. Harvest fruit off trees as soon as it is ripe, and promptly collect fruit that falls. For campers and hikers, store anything smelly...

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