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...]

Thanksgiving Safety Checklist

Big Bear City, CA, November 27, 2013 - Local firefighters will rush to your house in a pinch, but they offer the following advice to avoid needing them in the first place: • Clean ovens and stove tops thoroughly before cooking so that built-up grease can't ignite. • Don’t leave cooking food unattended on the stove or in the oven -- … [Read more...]

Where There’s Smoke, There’s Pile Burning

Big Bear Valley, CA, November 21, 2013 - The Forest Service is taking advantage of the wintry weather this week by burning slash and debris piles along 2N93, west of SR38/Erwin Lake and south of Sugarloaf. Smoke will be visible throughout the valley. Prescribed winter burning projects are part of a continuing effort to reduce the threat of … [Read more...]

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...]