Highway 38 Fully Opened and Crews Continue to Improve Mill Fire Line

Yucaipa, CA, June 29, 2013 - As of 8am this morning, Highway 38 completely re-opened eliminating the need for the detour through Oak Glen put into place last night as a result of the Mill Fire.  CAL Fire was assigned to the Mill Fire and crews continue to battle the blaze which has remained at 350 acres overnight and is at 20% containment as of … [Read more...]

CAL Fire Reaching Containment on Mill Fire

Yucaipa, CA, June 28, 2013 - As of 7pm, CAL Fire has reached 5% containment on the Mill Fire that has grown to 350 acres.  Additional hand crews have been ordered for tonight to work on the fire line and excellent progress is being made by fire personnel.  The fire still remains as no threat to the Big Bear Valley. … [Read more...]

Mill Fire Update and Highway 38 Re-Opens with Detour

Yucaipa, CA, June 28, 2013 - Cal Fire, the agency assigned to the Mill Fire, is reporting the fire to be remaining at 200 plus acres with no containment.  An evacuation was ordered earlier this afternoon for north of Carter and west of Bryant in the areas of Mentone and Yucaipa.  One house was partially damaged due to the fire.  Highway 38 has … [Read more...]

Highway 38 Closed But Campgrounds Remain Open in Angeles Oakes

Mentone, CA, June 28, 2013 - According to the CHP, Highway 38 is closed in both directions due to the Mill Fire.  The downbound traffic closure begins at Lake Williams with the exception of campers heading to Angeles Oakes and Seven Oakes campgrounds, which remain open.  The campgrounds are only accessible from Big Bear.  Highway 38 is closed in … [Read more...]

Mill Fire at 200+ Acres

Mentone, CA, June 28, 2013 - The Mill Fire is up to at least 200 acres near the Mill Creek Ranger Station. Some structures have been lost in Mentone and evacuations are in effect there; there is no threat to the Big Bear Valley. Motorists are allowed out of Big Bear via Highway 38, but should expect delays at the bottom of the mountain due to … [Read more...]

Crews Fight “Mill Fire” off Highway 38 (Corrected)

San Bernardino National Forest, CA, June 28, 2013 - At around 2:00 p.m. Friday, the CHP reported a fire on a hillside near the junction of Route 38 and Bryant Street.  Official say there are no threats to homes or the forest at this time, but Caltrans reports there is a closure from Garnet Road to Bryant Street in Mentone. Motorists are still … [Read more...]

With Increased Fire Risk, More Responsibility

San Bernardino National Forest, CA, June 27, 2013 - From a fire danger perspective, Big Bear has gotten a one-two punch this year: a winter of lower-than-average snowfall followed by a hot summer with below average rainfall. Accordingly, the U.S. Forest Service is increasing fire use restrictions on the San Bernardino National Forest as of … [Read more...]

Curbside Chipping Ends; Defensible Space Still Crucial

Big Bear Valley, CA, June 25, 2013 - During the free Curbside Vegetation Chipping Program that began in 2005, several thousand tons of vegetation were collected and chipped each year.  While the program has ended along with its funding, there is still work to be done on private property.  Residents and property owners are still highly encouraged … [Read more...]

Hathaway Fire Drift Smoke Visible Again Today in Big Bear

Morongo Indian Reservation, June 11, 2013 - As the Hathaway Fire continues to burn, southwest winds will carry drift smoke into the Big Bear Valley again today.  The Hathaway Fire began last Sunday on the Morongo Indian Reservation and continues to burn in rugged terrain making it difficult for firefighters.  The fire has grown to 1,650 acres … [Read more...]

Hathaway Fire at 15% Containment

Morongo Indian Reservation, CA, June 10, 2013 - The smoke has cleared, literally, for the Big Bear Valley but fire crews continue the laborious task of fighting the blaze of the Hathaway Fire that has burned 1,500 acres as of yesterday.  The Hathaway Fire began Sunday just before noon on the Morongo Indian Reservation traveling through steep … [Read more...]