Category: Fire/Safety

Pilot Fire Evacuees Allowed to Return Home

Big Bear, CA, August 12, 2016 – Effective Friday, August 12, 2016, at 9:00 a.m., all evacuation orders and advisories for the mountain communities affected by the Pilot Fire have been lifted. Highway 173 will remain closed between Grass Valley Road and Rock Camp, and all previously closed forest roads shall be restricted to fire traffic to support ongoing suppression and rehabilitation operations. The fire has burned 8,115 acres and is at 80% containment. Residents returning to the evacuation zone are asked to exercise caution. Firefighters, engines, and heavy equipment will continue to operate in the area. The San Bernardino County Sheriff shall continue enhanced patrols...

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Pilot Fire – Tuesday Update

Big Bear, CA, August 9, 2016 – The Pilot Fire, which started on Sunday, August 7, grew almost 2000 acres since yesterday. This morning, the fire is currently 6,298 acres with 6% containment. The Hwy. 173 closure has been extended from SR-138 to North Bay Road. Voluntary evacuations have been extended into the Lake Arrowhead area north of Peninsula Road, east of Brentwood Road, and west of North Bay Road. A shelter has been set up at Oak Hills High School in Hesperia and a second American Red Cross Reception and Care Center will be open at Rim of...

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Update on the Pilot Fire

Big Bear, CA, August 8, 2016 – The Pilot Fire started at about 12:10 pm on Sunday, August 7, near the Miller Canyon OHV area off of Highway 138. The Forest Service is in Unified Command with CALFIRE, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, and California Highway Patrol. This morning, the Forest Service used infrared mapping on the fire and updated the acreage to 4,500 acres with 5%containment. Highway 173 is closed between State Route 138 and Arrowhead Lake Road. Hwy 138 is now open between I-15 and Crestline/Hwy 18. Forest roads 2N33, 2N17X, 2N36, and 2N37 are closed. Miller Canyon OHV Area...

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Pilot Fire

Big Bear, CA, August 7th, 2016 – The Pilot Fire started at about 12:10 pm on Sunday August 7 near the Miller Canyon OHV area off of Highway 138. The fire is currently 1,000 with no containment.   HWY 173 Closed between SR-138 and Arrowhead Lake Road, Hwy 138 closed from Old Mill Road to 173. There are currently 350 firefighters assigned to this fire, including 30 engines, 6 crews, 5 dozers, 8 helicopters, 7 air tankers, including the VLAT assigned. Additional firefighters have been ordered and will be responding directly to the fire. As of 5pm August 7th...

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Sheriff’s Aviation Conducts a Hoist Rescue at Snow Summit

Big Bear, CA, August 2, 2016 – On Saturday, July 30, at approximately 10:40 a.m., Sheriff’s Air Rescue 07 was dispatched to the Snow Summit Ski Resort to assist the San Bernardino County Fire Department regarding an injured mountain biker. The victim, Jamie Adamson, was riding her mountain bike near the ski resort when she fell from the bicycle. During the fall, Adamson suffered major injuries and was unable to walk. Fire Department personnel arrived and located Adamson before the crew arrived. The personnel determined Adamson would need to be hoist rescued due to her injuries and the remote location....

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