Prescribed Burns Protect Our Forests

Prescribed Burns

Big Bear, CA, November 29th, 2015 - Everyone wants to preserve and enjoy Big Bear's pristine beauty, while protecting the ecosystem which has made the jewel of Southern California so special.  With the arrival of winter weather, the U.S. Forest Service will begin prescribed burn operations on the San Bernardino National Forest.  Winter burns are … [Read more...]

First County Female Inmate Hand Crew Graduates Fire Training


San Bernardino County, CA, November 25, 2015 - San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon and Deputy Fire Chief Jim Johnstone have announced the graduation of the first County Female Inmate Hand Crew, the first such crew in the nation, known as Glen Helen Crew 15-9. After 8 weeks of training that began in July, with an initial curriculum in … [Read more...]

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning The “Silent Killer” Can be Prevented

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Big Bear Lake, Ca, November 16th, 2015 – Winter is fast approaching, and the Fire Department encourages everyone to practice safe winter heating.  Big Bear Valley residents and tourists alike are now lighting pilot lights and finding other ways to keep warm during the chill of the season. When not functioning properly, the heating appliances … [Read more...]

State Fire Camp Inmate Escaped

escaped state fire crew inmate

San Bernardino, CA, November 4, 2015 - Sheriff's dispatch received information that an inmate had walked away from a fire crew at Hwy 330 and E. Highland Avenue in the City of Highland.  The inmate was last seen at approximately 12:30 p.m.  Deputies immediately responded to the area and began searching for Kent Lesporavsky.  Sheriff's Aviation … [Read more...]

BBFD Curbside Chipping Program is a Great Success


Big Bear, CA, October 23, 2015 - The Big Bear Fire Department would like thank the entire Big Bear Valley for their efforts keeping our community healthy by creating defensible space utilizing the Curbside Chipping Program which has now officially ended for the season. 1,215 community members participated in the program and more than 387 tons of … [Read more...]

Hear The Beep Where You Sleep


Big Bear, CA, October 4, 2015 - Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!? This is the theme for Fire Prevention Week, October 4-10, 2015. Studies show that half of home fire deaths result from fires reported at night between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Home smoke alarms can alert people to … [Read more...]

Be Prepared As We Enter Height of Fire Season

Lake Fire

Big Bear, CA, October 1, 2015 - Although fire season has become year round, the height of fire season in San Bernardino County is October and November when the Santa Ana winds blow. As fires burn across California and no end in sight of a four-year drought, now is the time to prepare for wildfire and a possible evacuation. In June of this year over … [Read more...]

Fatal Watercraft incident on Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Lake, CA September 8, 2015 - A fatal watercraft incident on labor Day was reported shortly after 4:30 pm on Monday September 7th.  The Big Bear Sheriff’s Station and officers of the Municipal Water District Lake Patrol responded to the distress call at Papoose Bay on Big Bear Lake.  Witnesses described what they thought was a life … [Read more...]

Summit Fire


Big Cear, CA, 8/28/15 UPDATE - Due to more accurate mapping, the acreage burned has been decreased to 55 acres and is now 75% contained. Big Bear, Ca, 8/26/15, 10:00am UPDATE - Fire personnel have increased the containment of the Summit Fire to 50% today with the size of the fire remaining at 100 acres. Big Bear, Ca, 8/25/15, 1:10pm … [Read more...]

Bounty Offered for Drone Operators


San Bernardino County, CA, August 5, 2015 - Drone operators have been asked repeatedly not to fly their aircraft during wildfires. But at crucial moments in each of the wildfires that have broken out in San Bernardino County so far this year, fire-fighting air tankers had to be diverted away from their targets because of the presence of small … [Read more...]