Emergency Air Transportation Doesn’t Have to Cost a Fortune

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Big Bear Lake, CA, January 27, 2014 - With emergency medical helicopters costing a small fortune, some independent agencies are offering alternatives. Reach Air (AirMedCare Network) and Mercy Air (Omni Advantage) offer subscription services for off-mountain air transportation that start at $10/month. Representatives from the companies will be at … [Read more...]

Single-Digit Humidity + Gusty Winds = Fire Watch

San Bernardino Mountains, January 23, 2014 - There is a Fire Weather Watch in effect late tonight through Friday night, due to increasingly dry conditions and strong winds. A Fire Weather Watch means that critical fire weather conditions are forecast to occur (which would be accompanied by a Red Flag Warning). During the last Fire Weather Warning … [Read more...]

Local Forests Under Fire Weather Watch

San Bernardino National Forest, January 13, 2014 - The National Weather Service has issued a Fire Weather Watch throughout the Inland Empire due to extremely low humidity. A Fire Weather Watch indicates critically dry conditions that dangerously increase the risk of wildfire. Humidity could dip into single digits with little recovery overnight, … [Read more...]

Hydrants go up for Adoption

Hydrants like these are looking for reliable caretakers.

Big Bear Valley, CA, January 7, 2014 - In the event of a fire, the Fire Department needs to gain access to fire hydrants as quickly as possible, so they’re asking community members to adopt a fire hydrant close to their homes or businesses. In the winter, this means shoveling a three-foot area around your hydrant after each snowfall, as well a … [Read more...]

Tips For a Safe Holiday

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Big Bear City, CA, December 23, 2013 – The joy of the winter holidays can be an extra incentive to keep your loved ones out of harm's way. In that spirit, the Fire Department is offering some friendly reminders on staying safe in a house full of guests: Have smokers smoke outside and keep their smoking materials with them so young children … [Read more...]

Planning End-of-Year Giving? Send a Burn Survivor Child to Camp.

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Big Bear Lake, CA, December 9, 2013 - For the past ten years, the Fire & Burn Foundation has been providing winter camp for burn survivor children ages 5-17 in the San Bernardino Mountains. Over four days, 60-85 kids--typically from Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego Counties--get the counseling and social support needed to re-establish … [Read more...]

Watch Out For That Tree

San Bernardino Mountains, CA, December 6, 2013 - When setting up a natural Christmas Tree, don't sacrifice safety. The San Bernardino County Fire Department  reminds you of the following safety tips as you decorate for the holidays. CHECK THE LIGHTS: Before you put up any electrically lighted decorations or a pre-lit tree, check for burned-out … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Safety Checklist

Big Bear City, CA, November 27, 2013 - Local firefighters will rush to your house in a pinch, but they offer the following advice to avoid needing them in the first place: • Clean ovens and stove tops thoroughly before cooking so that built-up grease can't ignite. • Don’t leave cooking food unattended on the stove or in the oven -- … [Read more...]

Where There’s Smoke, There’s Pile Burning

Big Bear Valley, CA, November 21, 2013 - The Forest Service is taking advantage of the wintry weather this week by burning slash and debris piles along 2N93, west of SR38/Erwin Lake and south of Sugarloaf. Smoke will be visible throughout the valley. Prescribed winter burning projects are part of a continuing effort to reduce the threat of … [Read more...]

Time to Change Clocks and Check Batteries

Big Bear Valley, CA, November 1, 2013 - Daylight Saving Time ends this Sunday at 2:00 a.m., when clocks should be turned back one hour to 1:00 a.m. Here's a smart way to use that "extra hour" we'll gain on Sunday:  test and change batteries on life saving devices like smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and flashlights. Every year at … [Read more...]