Category: Fire/Safety

Fire Tax Fee Dropped for Rural Areas of California

The much debated and often labeled as an illegal and redundant tax will soon be dropped as part of Assembly Bill 398 — the Global Warming Solutions Act.   Although not linked to global warming the fire tax elimination was a method to garner more votes from rural assembly members on both sides of the political spectrum.  For a large number of property owners in Big Bear they will be overjoyed with the news as many considered it an unnecessary fee derived in order to help shore up weakened state budgets.    Several state lawmakers including Retired State Senator George...

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Big Bear Fire Department Names Firefighter of the Year

Big Bear, CA – Firefighter of the Year exemplifies the positive characteristics of a member of the fire service with a notable record of service and achievements. This award is presented to an individual who has given selflessly of themselves in support of the Fire Department, the fire service and the community in general. Firefighter/Paramedic William Schlosser earned that honor this year and was recognized at the Big Bear Elks Lodge on Tuesday, July 11, at their annual Firefighters’ Appreciation Dinner for Big Bear Fire Department firefighters. Big Bear Fire Department Fire Chief Jeff Willis and Elks Lodge representative Mike...

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Bridge Fire – Updated

UPDATE – 7/17/17 – 135 Firefighters are working on containment lines and suppression repair north of Greenspot Road north of the Iron Bridge near the City of Highland.  The fire has been mapped at 460 Acres and is 80% contained UPDATE – 7/16/17 – Bridge fire 70% contained, 460 acres.  A total of 300 Firefighters are working a wildland fire burning north of Greenspot Road north of the Iron Bridge near the City of Highland. UPDATE: 6:15 AM 7/15/17 – A total of 500 firefighters are assigned to the “Bridge” fire.   Hot temperatures and dry fuel will be the challenge...

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Small fire seen from Lake Erwin – Fire Crews on Scene

Monday evening around 6:30 a vegetation fire was reported in the Sugarloaf area which was unrelated to an earlier structure fire in the town of Sugarloaf.   Big Bear Fire Department with Cal-Fire and Forest Service Fire responded.    The fire is being described as small but smoke may still be visible from the Erwin Lake area.  Air tankers and water dropping helicopters have been working with ground crews with good success.   Although we don’t have a size to report we were told that the local firefighters with Big Bear Fire were released and that with the cooler evening temperatures that...

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No Personal Fireworks – Additional Forest Restrictions

Big Bear Fire Department’s Assistant Chief-Fire Marshal Mike Maltby stated, “The only fireworks allowed in Big Bear is the professional 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular over the lake. No personal fireworks are allowed. Fire officials will be issuing citations with fines up to $1,000 for fireworks violations.” The Rotary Club of Big Bear Lake provides locals and visitors with a world class fireworks display on the evening of July 4th, visible from many vantage points in the Big Bear Valley. Sit back and enjoy the show with synchronized music on KBHR 93.3 and 102.5. Big Bear Fire Department encourages...

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