Big Bear Lake, CA - As predicted moist monsoons along with an unstable atmosphere sparked afternoon thunderstorms. Although these storms and the downpour is favorable they also usher in lighting strikes causing spot fires as they strike dry vegetation. This was the case this afternoon as several columns of smoke and ensuing fires were reported. Ground and air fire crews … [Read more...] about Afternoon Thunderstorms Ignite Spot Fires
San Bernardino National Forest
Big Bear Lake, CA - On Saturday, July 27th, Douglas Hill and his son Casey Hill were hiking the Pacific Crest Trail east from Lake Silverwood. During the hike, Douglas suffered from dehydration and heat related illness. Douglas lost consciousness and Casey used his cell phone to call 911. San Bernardino County Sheriff Department's helicopter, 40King5, responded to the GPS … [Read more...] about Pacific Crest Trail Air Rescue
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — A 10-week-old bald eagle made famous by hatching live on a webcam earlier this year has yet to take his first flight, prompting San Bernardino National Forest officials to extend a closure around the nest on the north side of Big Bear Lake. Juvenile bald eagles typically take their first flight 10 to 12 weeks after hatching. “He turned 10 weeks … [Read more...] about Big Bear Bald Eagle Area Closure Extended
After more than 125 people fanned out across Southern California’s Inland Empire to participate in the last public bald eagle count of the season, a bald eagle in Big Bear laid a second egg at a nest where a live webcam is placed. It was laid at approximately 5:25 p.m. The first egg was laid on Wednesday, March 6. The incubation period for bald eagle eggs averages around … [Read more...] about Eagle Update: Second Egg Laid! Baby Eagle in Our Future?
Snow Valley has been closed since Valentine's Day, when a storm dropped 9 inches of rain then 34 inches of snow which resulted in the undermining of a portion of Highway 18 between Snow Valley and Green Valley Lake. The opening of Highway 18 will also signal the reopening of Snow Valley which has been closed for over two weeks. And now the management and employees can also … [Read more...] about Highway 18 Now Open and Snow Valley to Reopen Saturday March 2nd