Category: Fire/Safety

Local Suspect Identified and Booked on Felony Charges of Starting a Fire

Big Bear Lake, CA, June 22, 2016 – Shortly before noon today, deputies of the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station responded to a report of a fire in the 200 block of North Starvation Flats Road in Big Bear Lake. Witnesses reported that the fire started immediately after two subjects left the area in a vehicle. Deputies conducted an area check and located the vehicle and subjects matching the description that was provided by witnesses. The occupants of the vehicle were identified as 47-year-old Lori Goetz and 30-year-old Dominique Deangelis, both local residents of Big Bear Valley. Through investigation, deputies...

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CALFIRE Suspends Burn Permits and Asks Homeowners to Create Defensible Space

San Bernardino County, CA, June 16, 2016 –  While recent rains this winter and spring have been a welcome sight in California, drought conditions continue to increase fire danger in the region prompting CAL FIRE to suspend all burn permits for outdoor residential burning within the State Responsibility Area which includes San Bernardino County. This suspension went into effect June 13 th , 2016 and bans all residential outdoor burning of landscape debris like branches and leaves. CAL FIRE San Bernardino Unit Chief Glenn Barley says, “Given our abundant grass crop this year and recent fire activity in southern California, it’s very important that everyone avoid activity that might generate sparks which could start a wildfire.” Chief Ken Pimlott, CAL FIRE director added, “As conditions across California are drying out further we must take every step to prevent new wildfires from sparking. Residents must ensure they have Defensible Space by removing dead trees and overgrown vegetation from around their homes, but do so safely.” Since January 1, 2016 CAL FIRE and firefighters across the state have already responded to over 1,344 wildfires. In the CAL FIRE San Bernardino, Inyo and Mono Unit, firefighters have responded to 168 wildfires. CAL FIRE is asking residents to ensure that they are prepared for wildfires by maintaining a minimum of 100 feet of Defensible Space around every home. Clear all dead and or dying vegetation 100 feet from around all structures. Landscape with fire resistant/drought tolerant plants. And find alternative ways...

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SMALL VEGETATION FIRE IN BIG BEAR CITY Quickly Brought Under Control by Local Resources

Big Bear, CA, June 5th, 2016 – A small vegetation fire occurred early in the morning, Saturday, June 4, 2016 at Greenway Drive and Pioneer Lane in Big Bear City. The fire occurred approximately 300 yards off of Pioneer Lane and is estimated to have burned just over an eighth of an acre. Big Bear Fire Department responded to the call of the fire shortly after 6:30 a.m. and quickly brought the fire under control by 7:00 a.m. Big Bear Fire Department’s Battalion Chief Harold, two brush engines, and one engine responded to the call. Big Bear Fire Department received assistance from one Cal...

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BBFD Live Fire Training

Big Bear, CA, April 26, 2016 – Big Bear Fire Department will be conducting “Live Fire Training” this week through Friday, April 29 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Training will take place at the Department’s Paradise training facility located on Grenfall Lane in Big Bear City. Citizens should not be alarmed if they see smoke coming from the area of Paradise Way and E. North Shore Drive. According to Battalion Chief Ryan Harold, “These simulated conditions provide our firefighters with safe, effective and realistic training, essential in preparing the fire service to achieve our mission of preserving life and property.” Big Bear Fire Department...

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Prescribe Burn in Angelus Oaks

Big Bear, CA, April 24th, 2016 – Forest Service Fire crews are planning to burn approximately 12 acres as part of the Angelus Oaks Fuel Reduction project.  Weather and conditions permitting, firefighters are planning to start the burning project as early as Tuesday next week. The project area will be divided into two sections along road 1N12 immediately north of the Angelus Oaks community.  Smoke and flames will be visible to residents and motorists along State Route 38 and may be visible from other mountain communities and highways. Firefighters will be using a technique called “hand burning” using a variety of tools such...

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