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...]

It’s Time for a Quake-up Call!

Big Bear City, CA, October 14, 2013 - If planning for an earthquake is still on your list of things to do, let the Great California ShakeOut Drill be your wake-up call. Over 9 million Californians have registered at www.ShakeOut.org/california to practice the annual “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” drill on October 17 at 10:17 a.m. In the … [Read more...]

Stay Safe While Keeping Warm

Big Bear Valley, CA, October 10, 2013 - With winter weather upon us, the County Fire Department is reminding us that accidents with fireplaces and heating equipment are a major cause of preventable home fires. Here are some fire safety tips as you heat up the house: · Change furnace filters to keep equipment running efficiently and safely. · … [Read more...]

Widespread Power Outage, Tree Branches Blamed

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Big Bear Valley, CA October 2, 2013 - A widespread power outage affected most of the Big Bear Valley this morning.  It was described by a Big Bear Firefighter as a minor tree branch issue.  Although minor it was on a critical line in Big Bear City near Greenway.  It took about an hour to restore power to the majority of the valley, with some … [Read more...]

Major Structure Fire At Riffenburgh Lumber Yard

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Big Bear Lake, CA September 29, 2013 9:00 am - A major structure fire was reported Sunday morning around 7:00 am burning at the Riffenburgh Lumber property.  Two structures near the rear of the property on the north end were fully engulfed in flames as the Big Bear Fire department arrived.  Both structures could be considered a total loss. … [Read more...]

Watch Out For Wildlife!

San Bernardino National Forest, September 17, 2013 - Many mountain residents have heard of drivers accidentally hitting deer or bears on local highways, but here are some startling statistics: In 2010, there were over 1,800 wildlife-vehicle collisions statewide, causing approximately $1 billion in property damage (per the California Highway … [Read more...]

The 43rd Annual Oktoberfest Opens This Weekend

Big Bear Lake, CA, September 11, 2013 ---  Southern California’s #1 rated Oktoberfest returns to the Big Bear Lake Convention Center with American’s Hero weekend.  On Saturday, September 14 free admission will be offered to all past and present military and their immediate families, as well as firefighters and law enforcement.  Opening … [Read more...]

Lightning Ignites 22 Fires in Local Mountains

San Bernardino Mountains, CA, August 23, 2013 – Lightning storms passing through early Monday morning started 22 fires in the San Bernardino National Forest. All but one of the reported fires have been contained under unified command of the San Bernardino National Forest and CAL FIRE, with the assistance of local fire departments. The one … [Read more...]

Widespread Phone Outage; Verizon Fixing Fiber Optic Cable

San Bernardino Mountains, CA, August 22, 2013 - According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, a Verizon Fiber Optic Cable has been damaged in the Big Bear area. The issue is being addressed, however, it is unknown when the cable will be repaired. Individuals have been reporting various problems with both land lines and cell phones … [Read more...]

School District Opens CNG Fueling Station

Big Bear Lake, 2013— Bear Valley Unified has become the latest California school district to build a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling station at its transportation facility. The groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for August 22nd at 4:00 p.m. at 44548 Baldwin Lane Road in Sugarloaf. The District’s present fleet of school buses now … [Read more...]