Power Outage Caused by Remote Controlled Airplane

Big Bear Valley, CA, July 8, 2014 - Yesterday at about 8:30 am, many areas of the Big Bear Valley experienced a power outage that lasted approximately 30 minutes. This was due to a radio controlled airplane striking power lines in the Sandalwood area. When the plane struck the lines it opened a circuit which then shut down the power. In normal … [Read more...]

Quakes, Floods and Slides

Big Bear City, July 5, 2014 12:09 p.m. - Not to be outdone by fireworks displays, Mother Nature put on a show of her own Saturday morning, with earthquakes, rock slides and floods. A cluster of earthquakes ranging from 2.7 to 4.6 hit west-northwest of Big Bear Lake at approximately 10 a.m. Rocks and boulders that are always unstable on the … [Read more...]

Violation of Fire Restrictions Carries Hefty Penalties

Big Bear Lake, CA, June 21, 2014 - Wildfire prevention is serious business in the San Bernardino Mountains. New restrictions and guidelines were posted on Thursday, June 19, and the US Forest Service says they'll be aggressively citing those who don’t comply. With lives and property at stake, violation of these prohibitions carry serious … [Read more...]

Career Volunteers Honored by County

San Bernardino, CA, June 20, 2014 - Tonight at the National Orange Show, San Bernardino County is holding its 10th annual Women of Distinction Awards Ceremony & Dinner, to honor 50 women for their civic involvement and community service. This year, two Big Bear residents will be among them: Elaine Holzer-Tennity and Yomar … [Read more...]

Fire Danger, More Typical of Late Summer

Big Bear, CA, June 6, 2014 - Since November 1, 2013, many areas in California have received less than half their normal precipitation, resulting in very dry brush. As of Memorial Day weekend, there have been more than 1,700 wildfires in California since the start of the year, which have burned more than 15,000 acres. Compared to the five year … [Read more...]

Firefighters Focus on Prevention

Big Bear City, CA, June 4, 2014 - The San Bernardino County Fire Department’s Residential Assessment Program is back for a second year. In the coming weeks, firefighters will be going door-to-door handing out information and offering to walk the properties with homeowners on the spot and provide free evaluations of defensible space. They'll focus … [Read more...]

Military Sacrifices Honored Monday Morning

Big Bear Lake, May 25, 2014 - The public is cordially invited to join veterans and families of service personnel and first responders, past and present to participate in the procession and ceremony at Veterans Park. on Monday, May 26th. The Big Bear Valley Marine Corps League Detachment 1038 and The American Legion Post 584 will commemorate the … [Read more...]

Vegetation Fire Squelched in Early Morning Hours

Angelus Oaks, CA May 18, 2014 - Firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service and CALFIRE knocked out a fire at Poopout Hill near Jenks Lake this morning, before gust winds could fan the flames into a more threatening situation. First reported at about 4:30 a.m. Sunday near Barton Flats, the fire had been slowly growing overnight. Multiple units … [Read more...]

How Does $10 Airfare Sound?

SW Air

Big Bear Lake, CA, February 27, 2014 - Every year, kids who’ve been through the trauma of fire injuries get a chance to just be kids at camp. Thanks to the Fire & Burn Foundation, a few dozen children between the ages of  5-17 get to ride horses, listen to storytellers, and take classes in the San Bernardino Mountains. Burn camp in Big Bear … [Read more...]

Asst. Chief Mills Heads to Bay Area

Mills and Chief

Big Bear City, CA, February 7, 2014 - Mark Mills is trading in the title "Assistant Fire Chief" for "Fire Chief." After his last day with the Big Bear Fire Department on February 21, he’ll head north to San Anselmo for his new position with the Ross Valley Fire Department. At Tuesday’s Fire Authority meeting, Fire Chief Jeff Willis highlighted … [Read more...]