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Early Morning Fire Burns Big Bear Lake Home

Significant Damage Reported

Structure Fire Photo 7 18 16 viewBIG BEAR LAKE, CA/July 22, 2016–Big Bear Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire in the 42000 Block of Timberline Trail in Big Bear Lake at approximately 1:42 a.m. on Monday, July 18, 2016. Upon arrival of fire crews, the garage and single-story home were well-involved with active flames visible. Crews were unable to make entry due to the intensity of the fire; an exterior attack was taken and fire was suppressed within a short period of time. Once the flames were knocked down, crews were able to make an interior search. The home was unoccupied at the time of the fire. The fire was first observed and reported by San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. The Sheriff’s Department subsequently evacuated neighboring homes for their safety. There were no injuries reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation by Big Bear Fire Department and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Bomb and Arson Team.

For tips on fire safety in your home, visit our website at www.bigbearfire.org.

Photo Attached: Home fully involved upon arrival of crews. Photo courtesy of Sheriff’s Department.

Adopt-A-Hydrant Program

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BIG BEAR FIRE DEPARTMENT NEEDS YOU! ADOPT-A-HYDRANT NEAR YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS.

The Big Bear Fire Department is asking the community for a partnership in our Adopt-A-Hydrant program by adopting a fire hydrant close to your home or business and keeping it free of snow during the winter and free of weeds and shrubbery in the summer.

In the event of a fire, it is imperative that the Fire Department gain access to a water supply via a fire hydrant as quickly as possible so that fire can be extinguished and prevent loss of property and/or life. You can help the Big Bear Fire Department in this quest by adopting a hydrant and making sure that it is easily accessible throughout the year.

Register your adopted hydrant today »

CALL IF YOU CAN – TEXT IF YOU CAN’T

9-1-1 Emergency Texting Now Available in San Bernardino County

BIG BEAR, CA/– Hearing and speech-impaired members of the community, or those in a situation where it is too dangerous to dial 9-1-1, now have another option to call for help in an emergency, Text-to-9-1-1. “Call if you can – text if you can’t” is the slogan developed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as the new technology makes its debut in parts of California.

San Bernardino County Fire and Sheriff’s Departments, California Highway Patrol (CHP) and State Emergency Communications 9-1-1 officials announced that local San Bernardino County law enforcement agencies and fire agencies Public Safety 9-1-1 Centers (dispatch) will be equipped to receive and respond to mobile phone Text-to-9-1-1 messages. This service is available for use by the deaf, hard-of-hearing, speech impaired, and in situations where it is too dangerous to make a voice call to 9-1-1. All phones or devices must include a text or data plan to send a Text-to-9-1-1.

Public safety agencies have known for some time that this technology was coming. It is great to now see it come to fruition, giving the public another option to call for help when they need. San Bernardino County Dispatch Centers are trained and ready to assist callers who, for whatever reason, are unable to call 9-1-1. While the technology is still evolving, it another tool to help those who are often the most vulnerable in our communities if they cannot call 9-1-1.