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Highway 330 was reopened at 9:55 PM on 6/27. Mountain residents and visitors are asked to drive cautiously and expect firefighters and equipment near the highway.#MartFire #BigBearFireDept

6/27/2017 USFS reports Highway 330 is closed from Highland to Live Oak in Running Springs due to the #MartFire. Units are just arriving on-scene. There is no report on acreage burned or an ETA for the Highway to reopen. The fire is currently under Unified Command with the Forest Service, CAL FIRE and San Bernardino County Fire. When information is available, USFS will post incident updates on


Hot, dry and windy conditions along with critically dry and receptive fuel types have prompted local fire mangers to implement additional fire restrictions. Effective Saturday, July 1, 2017, San Bernardino National Forest will increase the current seasonal fire restrictions. #BigBearFire#Firefighter
The #HolcombFire is 90% contained. Thanks to all the amazing firefighters who fought extremely difficult conditions to keep our Valley safe. #BigBearFire
The fire size has been recalculated after mapping to 1,503 acres and increased containment to 80%. #HolcombFire #BigBearFire
Hard work and continued progress by firefighters helped maintain fire size at 1,562 acres and increased containment to 75%. #HolcombFire #BigBearFire

HOLCOMB FIRE UPDATE - June 22, 2017 – Highway 18 is set to reopen at 6:00 a.m., June 23rd. Drivers are asked to reduce their speed and be alert for fire personnel and heavy equipment on the road as firefighters continue to work in the area.

Firefighters managed to hold the fire to 1562 acres while battling warm temperatures and difficult terrain. #HolcombFire #BigBearFire

Holcomb Fire Update June 22 8:30 a.m.
Access to the Big Bear City Transfer Station is open only for Big Bear Disposal and Big Bear City Community Service District vehicles. Normal residential refuse disposal will resume. THE TRANSFER STATION REMAINS CLOSED TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC.
Over 1,200 firefighters continue to battle warm temperatures and difficult terrain while fighting the 1,540 acre fire. Strong high pressure and winds are expected to develop into the afternoon and evening. Communities north of the greater San Bernardino area should be aware of increased smoke levels. #HolcombFire #BigBearFire


Over 1,200 firefighters continue working to contain the fire. Additional engines and crews will continue to arrive to augment existing firefighters.

Highway 18 remains closed between the Mitsubishi Cement Plant and Delta Avenue near Baldwin Lake. Please be aware of increased traffic on mountain highways due to the Highway 18 closure. Several forest roads including Van Dusen Canyon (3N09) and Holcomb Valley Road East (3N16) are closed, as well as a section of the popular Pacific Crest Trail between Highway 18 and Van Dusen Canyon Road. #HolcombFire #BigBearFire

#HolcombFire - Forest Service Investigators are asking for the public's assistance to help establish the cause of the Holcomb Fire which started on Monday June 19, 2017.
Anyone who may have been in or around the area of the Pacific Crest Trail near Holcomb Valley Road north of Highway 18 or the Doble Trail Camp between 6:00 pm on Saturday June 17 and 3:05 pm Monday, June 19th, please call (909) 382-2699.
All calls can remain confidential.
6/21/2017 7:15 a.m. Holcomb Fire Update
#HolcombFire has burned 1,200 acres north of Baldwin Lake and is at 10% containment with 1,072 personnel from incident cooperators on scene. Hwy 18 remains closed between Delta Ave. and the Mitsubishi plant. A small area of Baldwin Lake was briefly evacuated yesterday, but has since been repopulated. Near record heat continues to hamper firefighting efforts. #BigBearFire
Holcomb Fire Update
5:25 p.m. Evacuation orders have been lifted for for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Streets in Baldwin Lake.
Holcomb Fire Update
3:50 p.m. mandatory evacuations have been ordered in Baldwin Lake for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Streets only.
Holcomb Fire Status Update at 7:45 a.m.
No evacuations are in place at this time. The fire has burned approximately at 950 acres, with 10% containment. It continues to move in a Northeast direction. Highway 18 from Delta Avenue north to Mitsubishi Plant Road remains closed. For additional updates go to or


Information regarding the Holcomb fire as of 7:34 p.m.
We have received corrected information regarding evacuations. There are currently no evacuations in effect. Reports of evacuations were in error. There has been only one evacuation of a single residence on Highway 18 below Cactus Flats.
For current information on the incident to go to:


Information regarding the Holcomb fire as of 6:35 p.m.

There are currently 250 people actively working the Holcomb Fire with 14 engines, 5 hand crews, 5 helicopters, 7 air tankers and 1 VLAT (DC10). Highway 18 is now closed from the top of Highway 18 in Baldwin Lake to Lucerne Valley. Information regarding the Holcomb fire as of 6:35 p.m.#HolcombFire #BigBearFire




Information regarding the Holcomb fire as of 6:00 p.m.
Holcomb Fire is at 850 acres and moving Northeast towards the desert. Holcomb Valley is under voluntary evacuation. Pacific Crest Trail is closed west of Highway 18 in the fire area. Holcomb Valley Rd is closed from State Route 18 Northwest to end of road. US Forest Service is in command of the incident. #HolcombFire #BigBearFire #firefighters


The #Holcomb Fire is at approximately 200 acres and moving through Holcomb Valley towards the desert. Evacuation of Holcomb is currently voluntary. 5 Helicopters and 7 air tankers and multiple engines have responded. #BigBearFire #Firefighters



10-acre fire growing rapidly at Holcomb Valley Rd & No Shore Dr. Big Bear Fire Dept. is responding. We will report as updates are known. #firefighters #BigBearFire


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Big Bear Fire Authority is recruiting for the classification of a full-time Accountant II. Along with fully covered health, vision, and dental insurance, the salary range is $81,037 - $101,204.  Job announcements and full packets are available in the Administrative Office located at 41090 Big Bear Boulevard, Big Bear Lake, CA or online at  An original Authority application and necessary documents must be submitted by 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 15, 2017.  (909) 866-7566, BBFA, PO Box 2830, BBLK, CA 92315.


Don't be the person that causes that horrific accident because of drinking and driving. Celebrations surrounding prom and graduation can influence some students to drink and drive. Big Bear High School students were sent an emotional message on May 16th, through "Every 15 Minutes," a realistic presentation of an auto accident resulting from drinking and driving. This event was put on by Arrowhead CHP, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office, Big Bear Fire Department and San Bernardino County Roads, showing the very heartbreaking consequences of dangerous choices.

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On May 16th, 2017, the Arrowhead CHP Area in conjunction with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office, the Big Bear Fire Department, the San Bernardino County Roads, staff and students from Big Bear High School and community members are partnering up to bring an Every 15 Minutes Presentation to Big Bear High School. As a result, Maple Lane will be closed from SR-38 (Big Bear Boulevard) to just north of Baldwin Lane. The closure will start at 8:00 A.M. and will reopen at approximate 12:00 P.M. Please use alternate routes and plan your commute accordingly.



$1,000 to help burn survivors attend a special, supportive camp for burn victims, was presented to Firefighters Quest for Burn Survivors by Big Bear Professional Firefighters' Assoc., Local 935. Firefighters raise the money for this special charity through fundraisers held throughout the year. #BigBearFire #Firefighter #Paramedic #FireDepartment #FireService #Fire #Flames

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Paid Call Firefighters begin the the process of becoming Big Bear Firefighters. The fire service is the last great customer service job and Engineer/Paramedic Whitmore instills the value of the fire service to the class in his "You are Welcome" speech. #pcf #firstdayofclass #firefighters #bigbearfire #chiefmiller




So proud to have these well-trained, professional firefighters protecting our community. #bigbearfire #firefighters


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& CAL FIRE have suppressed residential fire on North Shore Blvd. this a.m. Investigation of cause in underway

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Big Bear Fire Department responded to a residential stucture fire at approximately 7:30 a.m. on North Shore in Big Bear City. The home was fully engulfed upon arrival. Firefighters extinguished the flames within 45 minutes. #BigBearFire#Firefighters#ChiefMiller



BBFD and CAL FIRE responded to residential structure fire on North Shore Dr. in Big Bear City. Four units actively working to suppress the fire at this time.


Get your DENIM on today! BBFD joins people around the world protesting against the misconceptions that surround sexual assault.

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Conklin Rd., between Lahontan Dr. and Big Bear Blvd. will be closed today until 2:00 p.m. with no emergency access, per Big Bear Lake Public Works.



Prescribed Burn on Angeles Oaks Understory Burn Project

Fire crews from the San Bernardino National Forest will be conducting burn operations in the vicinity of Angelus Oaks, CA the week of April 17, 2017.
Smoke may be visible along the Hwy 38 corridor from Big Bear to Mentone. Forest road 1N12 will be closed during certain phases of the project to ensure public and firefighter safety.
The Angelus Oaks Understory Burn Project will help reduce the risk of wildfire within the community of Angelus Oaks and maintain the desired future condition of the 2004 Angelus Oaks Community Protection Project.
Crews will attempt to burn approximately 35 acres during the week weather permitting. Along Forest Service Road 1N12 behind the post office.
After each active burn day staff will continue to monitor at night.
Updates for this prescribe burn will be available on the San Bernardino National Forest’s social media sites Facebook and Twitter.


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USFS will be conducting controlled burns near Coxey Rd in the Big Pine area April 5, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Smoke will be visible



USFS will be conducting controlled pile burns near Clubview Dr. and Skyline Dr. in the Moonridge area from March 27-29, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. The pile burning will encompass 5 acres. Smoke will be visible.



Pile burning planned near Clubview cancelled today and tomorrow Mar 22 and 23, due to unfavorable winds. Fire managers are postponing until Monday or Tuesday next week.



Smoke will be visible as USFS Firefighters burn slash and debris piles on National Forest System land west of Clubview Dr and south of Willow Ave in the Moonridge area, Wednesday and Thursday, March 22-23, as conditions permit. The pile burning will encompass between 8-10 acres. Additional fuels reduction work is anticipated once the snow accumulation melts.

This is part of the on-going South Big Bear Fuels Reduction Project and Forest Health project. 



The Forest Service is conducting controlled pile burns on the North Shore near the Discovery Center again today, March 17th. Do not be alarmed by the smoke in that area.



Keeping things real! Firefighters practice firefighter survival skills at Paradise Training facility. PCF Lukus Mathews, Firefighter Andrew Crane, Apprentice Firefighters Shawn Sutherland and Jason Dmytriw take a break from the drills as Engineer Mitch Hollenbaugh and Firefighter Brittania Huether repel to safety. Firefighter Eli Covarrubio mans the safety rope.

The Forest Service is conducting controlled pile burns on the North Shore near the Discovery Center today, March 16th. Do not be alarmed by the smoke in that area.

USFS will be conducting a controlled burn in Angelus Oaks today, March 8th, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. They will be burning approximately 10 acres; therefore, smoke should be visible for the next couple of days.



Members of Big Bear Professional Fireighters Association are in the Villiage today Filling the Boot in support of blood cancer research. Join the crew before the snow flys to donate to this worthy cause!



Big Bear Fire Department supports Special Olympics 2017 Polar Plunge. Asst. Fire Marshal Nick Bruinsma, Engineer/Paramedic Jon Bidwell, Apprentice Firefighter/Paramedic Collin Ortega and Firefighter/Paramedic Andrew Crane all took the plunge for the cause. Ways to go team #BBFD!

Firefighter's Crane, Ortega, Bruinsma and Bidwell surving the Polar Plunge this morning at Veteran's Park.



Big Bear is re-activating its Chaplain Program. Volunteer chaplains are being sought to respond to the needs of the community during times of crisis. Lay people are needed to serve as volunteer chaplains. Anyone interested should attend an orientation meeting, March 9, 5:30 p.m. at Big Bear City Community Services District Paradise Yard, 417 Grenfall Lane, Big Bear City.

For information, contact Nick Bruinsma, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Chris Breyer, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



USFS is doing a controlled burn at 3100 Radford Camp Rd. and Angelus Oaks until approximately 4 p.m. today. They are working on 10 acres so smoke may continue throughout the night.



Big Bear Lake Public Works has closed roads in both directions from Big Bear Blvd. to Pine Knot Ave. to Stone Rd. to implement emergency road repairs for approximately 2 hours. #bigbearroadclosures

For questions, contact Jerrod Cheek 909-633-2297.



Big Bear Fire Authority is recruiting for the classification of Apprentice Fire Fighter/Paramedic. Along with fully covered health, vision, and dental insurance, the salary range is $47,190 - $62,920. Job announcements and full packets are available in the Administrative Office located at 41090 Big Bear Boulevard, Big Bear Lake, CA or online at

An original Authority application and necessary documents must be submitted by 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 23rd, 2017. (909) 866-7566, BBFA, PO Box 2830, BBLK, CA 92315.

Big Bear Fire Department needs the community's help to plan for the future! The Department is in the process of conducting a master planning study to evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of current fire services and develop a plan for the future. As part of the study process, a survey has been developed for vital community input.

This anonymous survey will remain open until 5 p.m., March 10, 2017. All community members are invited to participate. To complete the survey online go to



Smoke will be visible near HWY 38 and 2N93 where the USFS is conducting controlled burns from February 21-24. For questions, call USFS dispatch (909) 383-5651.



Fire crews have been busy placing equipment and tools in a state of readiness in preparation for significant winter weather this weekend. Crews are prepared to respond as the weather dictates.



Do not be alarmed if smoke is observed in the area of Highway 38 and Hatchery Drive starting today, Wednesday, February 15, through Friday, February 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., while San Bernardino National Forest Service conducts controlled pile burns in this area.



Due to the predicted snowfall in Big Bear on February 18th, Team Big Bear Fire has re-scheduled their annual Climb-a-Thon to March 5, 2017. Proceeds will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's fight against blood cancers. The event takes place at Pine Knot Ave. & Village Dr. from 9 am to 5 pm; come out an show your support!



Team Big Bear Fire will be helping fight cancer at their annual Climb-a-Thon! Proceeds will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. This year's event takes place at Pine Knot Ave. & Village Dr. on Feb. 18, 2017. They will be climbing from 9 am to 5 pm; come out an show your support!



Winter Storms Bury Fire Hydrants in Big Bear Valley. CAL FIRE Crews and Inmate Hand-Crews Break the Ice to Clear Hydrants.