Category: Fire/Safety

House and Brush Fire on North Shore

  UPDATE 10:00am – Five units from Big Bear Fire Department responded to the reported structure fire in the 200 block of North Shore Drive in Big Bear City . Upon arrival, fire crews observed the small two-story, single family residence well-involved in active fire. Fire attack started on the exterior of the house; crews took approximately 45 minutes to suppress the fire. One occupant of the home was transported to a local hospital for treatment. There were no other injuries reported. The cause of the fire is under joint investigation between Big Bear Fire Department and San Bernardino County Bomb and...

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Prescribed Burn on Angelus Oaks Understory Burn Project

Fire crews from the San Bernardino National Forest will be conducting burn operations in the vicinity of Angelus Oaks this week.  Smoke may be visible in the Big Bear Valley and along Highway 38 from Big Bear to Mentone.  Forest road 1N12 will be closed during certain phases of the project to ensure public and firefighter safety.  Crews will attempt to burn approximately 35 acres during the week, weather permitting.  After each active burn day, staff will continue to monitor at night.  The Angelus Oaks Understory Burn Project will help reduce the risk of wildfire within the community of...

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SoCal Mountains Foundation Recruiting for AmeriCorps Service Crews

Big Bear, CA – The Southern California Mountains Foundation Urban Conservation Corps AmeriCorps program is now recruiting individuals ages 18-25 years old that want to serve for 6 months on a service crew that will help restore and protect the San Bernardino National Forest. AmeriCorps service crew members will provide wildfire disaster mitigation services that will target some of the most hazardous areas on the San Bernardino National Forest that are at the highest risk of wildfires due to the current drought conditions in California. Members of the AmeriCorps program will also recruit and train over 1,000 volunteers from the...

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Financial Assistance Available to Forest Landowners

Big Bear, CA – Over the last several years California has experienced abnormally dry conditions. These conditions have fueled wildfires that are challenging our natural resources. The Natural Resources Conservation Service has federal funding for forestland owners that are experiencing dead trees, trees threatened by beetles and other pests, and thick understory that poses wildfire risk. On Saturday, March 18th, at the Big Bear Discovery Center from 9:00 – 11:00am, there will be an opportunity to learn more about forest health and opportunities to apply for funding to protect your forestland. There will be representatives from several agencies such as...

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Big Bear Fire Conducts Live Fire Survival Training

Big Bear, CA – There is no call more challenging to fire ground operations than the MAYDAY call — the unthinkable moment when a firefighter’s personal safety is in imminent danger. Firefighter fatality data shows that firefighters becoming trapped and disoriented represent the largest portion of structural fire ground fatalities. During the month of March, members of Big Bear Fire Department will complete life-saving training through the Fire Ground Survival program created by the International Association of Firefighters. This program provides step-by- step tools for the firefighter if they become lost, disoriented, injured, low on air, trapped, or are leading...

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