Category: Fire/Safety

Change Your Clocks and Batteries This Weekend

Big Bear, CA – Dayligh­t Saving Time begins Sunday, March 12 at 2:00 a.m. It’s time to “spring forward” one hour which means, change your clocks and change your batteries! While phones, computers, and tablets may change themselves, it’s up to you to keep yourself and your family safe by changing your smoke alarm batteries. Three out of five home deaths resulted from fire­s with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. This is especially important if someone in your home smokes. Fires caused by smoking materials like cigarettes are the leading cause of fire-related deaths. An alarm should...

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Planning For Future Fire Services Protection: Big Bear Fire Wants Your Opinion

Big Bear, CA – Big Bear Fire Department is planning for the future. The Department is in the process of conducting a master planning study to develop a Fire Protection Master Plan for the Big Bear Valley. The study will help the Department and its governing board evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of current fire services and develop a plan for the future. A survey has been developed for community input as a part of the study process. Fire Chief Jeff Willis invites the community to participate in this important study stating, “Fire Protection Master Planning is an important process...

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Forest Falls Area Landslide

UPDATE:  Due to the potential for incoming weather to impact the volatile landslide at Forest Falls, the Bear Valley Unified School District has made the decision to close Fallsvale Elementary School for Friday, February 17th.     Authorities are closely monitoring a landslide in the area of Forest Falls which began sliding on Thursday.  According to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, the slide area is directly behind the fire station on Valley of the Falls Drive.  The slide did stabilize in the mid-afternoon hours, however, there is concern for continued movement with the upcoming rain, snow and high winds expected on Friday.  Four homes, and the fire station, are threatened.  Two of the homes are vacant and residents of the two remaining homes have voluntarily evacuated.  Additionally, firefighters have relocated their equipment out of the fire station.  According to the Public Information Officer for County Fire, they will continue to monitor the situation and adjust their plan as needed.  Valley of the Falls Drive is the main roadway in and out of Forest Falls and is open at this time.  Travel on Highway 38 is not impacted by this situation....

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CAL FIRE Hand-Crews Clear Hydrants Buried by Winter Storms

Big Bear, CA, February 2, 2017 – Big Bear Fire Department and CAL FIRE have teamed up to clear fire hydrants buried by last week’s series of big storms. Beginning, Monday, January 30, 2017, CAL FIRE put hand-crews on the streets of Big Bear Valley helping dig out the hydrants buried under huge berms of ice and snow. These hand-crews, dressed in orange jump suits, are part of the same inmate program CAL FIRE uses to battle wild fires. Big Bear Fire Department Assistant Fire Marshal Nick Bruinsma stated, “The digging out will begin where road departments have completed its...

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Be Careful in the Backcountry

Mount Baldy, CA, January 27, 2017 – On Wednesday and Thursday of this week, 4 people had to be rescued by hoist via helicopter in two separate incidents in the Mount Baldy area. On Wednesday, January 25, Sally Morley, 61years old of Temecula and Ellen Coleman, 63 years old of Riverside were hiking down a snow-packed ridgeline into San Antonio Canyon at the 8500’ level. Despite having appropriate snow hiking gear, they realized the terrain was too steep and the snow was turning to ice. They were unable to climb out from their location and were in need of...

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