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...]

Emergency Air Transportation Doesn’t Have to Cost a Fortune

helicopter---life-net

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

Photo Courtesy Michelle Ullman

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.

BurnCamp

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...]