Category: Fire/Safety

BVES Planned Power Outage for SCE Repairs

(PHOTO DATED 6/20/17) 6/23/17, 4:30pm – Bear Valley Electric Press Release:  Due to damage caused by the Holcomb Fire to Southern California Edison’s (SCE) power lines that feed Big Bear Valley from Lucerne, SCE has been conducting repairs as efficiently as possible while minimizing interruptions to service.  Tomorrow, Saturday June 24, 2017, SCE will be attempting to replace a critical pole by utilizing a helicopter and the power supply from Lucerne.  SCE has notified Bear Valley Electric the estimated outage window will be from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm in order to safely complete this work. Actual times may...

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First Church-Christ Scientist Cottage Lane Involved in Fire

Big Bear Fire Department responded today to a fire in the Big Bear Village “L” on Cottage Lane.  At 12:06 pm a fire call went out with 6 units of the Big Bear Fire Department responding immediately to a fire reported near the old Verizon building on Bartlett.  The early reports were that a building, behind the Verizon building and Nottingham’s Resort on cottage lane was on fire.  First Church-Christ Scientist was later identified as the actual building involved in today’s fire....

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Big Bear Lake Home Damaged by Fire

Big Bear Lake, CA – A residential structure fire was reported at approximately 2:45 p.m., Thursday, June 15, at Lakeview Drive and Lagunita Lane in Big Bear Lake. Upon arrival, fire crews observed the approximately 1,000 square foot, single-story, single family residence was fully charged with smoke and some flames visible from the exterior. Crews made entry through the front door and took approximately 20 minutes to suppress the fire. Seven Big Bear Fire Department crew members responded with three engines and two ambulances. Fire Chief Jeff Willis and Assistant Fire Chief Mike Maltby were on-scene along with Fire Prevention...

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Bomb Threat at Baldwin Lane Elementary School

Sugarloaf, CA – On Tuesday, May 23, at 2:18 p.m., deputies from the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station responded to a reported bomb threat at Baldwin Lane Elementary School in Sugarloaf. School officials advised Sheriff’s Dispatch that they received a call at approximately 2:10 p.m. from what sounded like a male subject trying to disguise his voice, saying that bombs had been planted in classrooms. Classes were in session at the time the threat was made, and school officials worked quickly to evacuate approximately 400 students and faculty members to the parking lot and outlying playground. Multiple patrol units responded to the call for service and deputies worked as a team to conduct a systematic and thorough search of the inside and outside of the school. At approximately 3:20 p.m. a sweep of the entire premises was concluded, and deputies found no suspicious persons or packages at the school. Anyone having information as to the identity of the caller is requested to contact the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station at (909) 866-0100. Reports can also be made anonymously by calling WE-TIP at (800) 78-CRIME or online at...

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Arson Suspect Arrested Following Extensive Search

Crestline, CA – On Monday, May 1, at about 8:07 p.m., the California Highway Patrol and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department received multiple 911 calls reporting a male attempting to start a fire on Highway 18 just below the Highway 138 cut off in the area of Crestline. Officers from both agencies responded to the scene along with Cal Fire and US Forestry Fire. Numerous additional 911 calls were received reporting the subject was armed with a firearm and carrying an ax. The subject also threw rocks at a vehicle on the highway. The subject ran down the highway, fled over the side, and headed down toward Lower Bonnie Canyon. The subject lit an additional fire in the dense brush of the canyon, below the highway. Highway 18 was closed and all traffic was evacuated due to the fire and armed subject. Multiple law enforcement agencies including San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Twin Peaks and Central Stations, California Highway Patrol, San Bernardino Police Department, Cal Fire Investigators, US Forest Service Officers, and K9s from both the Sheriff’s Department and Montclair Police responded. A perimeter was established as helicopters from the Sheriff’s Department and Highway Patrol used FLIR to search for the subject in the dense brush. The subject, identified as Benjamin Andrew Baptiste, a 27 year old resident of Cedar Glen, was located on the side of Highway 18, within...

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