Category: Roads/Travel

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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State Route 18 Scheduled to Close for Work in Crestline

Crestline, CA – Southern California has been hit by several major winter storms in the past month, and the San Bernardino mountain areas have experienced significant precipitation and snow events as a result. These storms produced heavy rock flows that damaged an existing rock barrier on State Route 18. Caltrans is scheduled to begin emergency repairs to the slope drape and rock fence on SR-18 located 0.7 miles east of the SR-18/SR-138 separation near Crestline. The work begins on Monday, February 27, with shoulder closures only. Work hours will be Monday – Thursday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. A complete closure...

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Man Follows Girlfriend Over Cliff in Suicide Attempt

Running Springs, CA – On February 18, 2016, at approximately 9:00 am, Arrowhead Area officers responded to the scene of a suspected traffic collision on SR-18 at the 4000 foot level. Ms. Jennifer Mae Shipcott, a 45 year old resident of Riverside, California, was driving her vehicle southbound on SR-18. For an unknown reason, Ms. Shipcott drove her vehicle into a turnout at the 4000 foot level, over the south curb edge of the turnout and went down a steep hillside. Her vehicle overturned several times before coming to rest on its left side in the number two lane of...

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Storm Event Causes Major Damage in the Cajon Pass

San Bernardino, CA – The California Department of Transportation is informing the traveling public that a section of southbound Interstate 15 collapsed Friday evening, February 17, during an epic storm event.  A dry creek bed that runs along the southbound side of the interstate overflowed and washed away the rock slope protection below the roadbed.  It then eroded the lower slope and caused the shoulder and number 5 lane to collapse for a 200 foot section of the route. A $3 million project was authorized to begin emergency repairs to I-15. Caltrans Construction engineers and Maintenance crews devised a plan to restripe lanes on southbound I-15 to allow four lanes of traffic to motorists while the repairs take place. The contractor will work behind k-rail to repair the fallen roadbed and damaged slope. This will allow a longer period of time to make permanent, rather than temporary repairs, with concrete instead of asphalt. THE LANES IN THIS SECTION OF I-15 WILL BE REDUCED IN SIZE FROM THE NORMAL WIDTH.  MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO REDUCE THEIR SPEED THROUGH THE WORK ZONE AND DRIVE FOR THOSE CONDITIONS.  BE ALERT AND DO NOT CHANGE LANES THORUGH THE RESTRIPED PORTION OF...

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Traffic and Snow Plowing Issues

Big Bear Lake, CA –  On February 13, 2017 members of the community, City Council and City staff gathered in the Performing Arts Center to discuss the recent frustrations which resulted from the January 2017 snow storms. David Lawrence City Engineer/Director of Public works offered a recap of snow plow operations during the January 19-January 23 snow storm. This once in ten year snow event caused a number of issues for residents and visitors alike due to snow removal issues and overcrowded streets. Following presentations from representatives of Snow Summit, Big Bear Fire Authority, United States Forest Service, and...

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