Fire Personnel Respond Quickly to Small Fire near Butler Peak

Big Bear, CA, July 25, 2013 - A small spot fire was reported just before 10am in the area of Butler Peak above Fawnskin.  The origin of the fire was originally reported as a possible downed aircraft but it has been confirmed that is not the case.  The fire is at about a quarter acre and appears to be a single tree lightening snag with heavy fuels … [Read more...]

Be Bear-Aware

San Bernardino National Forest, CA, July 22, 2013 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is reminding residents across the state to be bear aware. Bears are more commonly found in residential areas toward the end of summer or right before hibernation in the fall months. But a healthy bear population and a dry winter and spring may … [Read more...]

After Low-Snow Winter, Xeriscape Gardening More Important Than Ever

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Big Bear Lake, CA, July 15, 2013 - People who think low-water landscaping mean a lackluster yard are in for a surprise. The Xeriscape Garden Tour celebrates the color and diversity of native and drought tolerant plants on their 11th annual tour, showcasing homes that exemplify the best in water conservation through Xeriscape landscaping. The Big … [Read more...]

Play it Safe on Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Lake, CA, July 6, 2013 - Boaters are reminded to use extra caution on the water this weekend. More boating accidents occur during the July 4th holiday than any other time, and the number one cause is boat operators not paying enough attention. Consider designating a second person on board to help look out for other watercraft, obstacles, … [Read more...]

Personal Fireworks Are Not Worth the Risk

Big Bear Lake, CA, July 4, 2013 - With San Bernardino County facing a dangerous wildland fire season, fire officials will be issuing citations for the illegal use of fireworks, with fines up to $1,250 for the first offense. Possession of any type of fireworks, including the so-called “safe and sane” fireworks, is against the law throughout the … [Read more...]

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...]

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