Benefit Car Wash June 27 at The Depot in Arrowbear Near Running Springs

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corvetteA benefit car wash will be held Saturday, June 27 at Leroy’s Ski Rental Shop on Hwy. 18 (in Arrowbear), next to The Depot ( and the Valero Gas Station. The family and friends are asking for donations for getting your car washed and the proceeds will help the family of Yvonne Giles who died June 19.

You know you need to get your car washed (especially since it appears the yellow pollen has flown off to some other area so this is the perfect time to wash your car, or even better, let someone else wash it for you!

Hot dogs, hamburgers and cold drinks will be available.

Please show up and support this family during what has to be a very difficult time. We all need help at times of our lives and this definitely is one of those “times” for this family. I don’t know them but I do know they will appreciate the support. Besides, your car will thank you!

 

Annual Arrowbear Firefighter’s Picnic July 4!

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The annual Arrowbear Fire Department community picnic will be held on July 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Tucker Field in Arrowbear, directly across from the lake. (Well, it’s a dry lake by now but it’s still technically a lake).

This annual, wonderful event always draws several hundred people who more than thoroughly enjoy the great food served by the firefighters as well as drawings and great fun. This long-standing, fun event has been a staple of the Arrowbear area for decades and each year it seems to just get better and better and better.

Parking is usually tight so if you can  get there early. Come and enjoy this fabulous event and while the firefighters have been hosting this great “Andy Griffith-type” for decades it just gets better and better.

There are always a lot of drawings, great food, camaraderie and fun for the kids on the lawn and for the adults who are young at heart. There are always lots of ways to get wet, for both children and adults. This is one of those terrific events where it is entirely possible you’ll see friends you haven’t seen for awhile so come and enjoy.

Andy Griffith would be so proud!

Lake Fire and Sterling Fire Updates-June 26, 8 a.m.

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Just wanted to let you know that the Sterling Fire that started near Waterman Canyon in San Bernardino last night is 50 percent contained and that about 100 acres have burned. No structures have been damaged or destroyed and no road closures are in place. The U.S. Forest Service  is leading the unified command firefighting effort along with San Bernardino City Fire Department and Cal Fire.

The lake Fire that has been burning for the past many days is now 19 percent contained. Thusfar it has burned 29,813 acres in the San Bernardino Mountains. Mandatory evacuations remain in place for the communities of Burns Canyon and rimrock. A voluntary evacuation is still in place for Pioneertown. The community of Lake Williams is under an alert for possible evacuation. Lake Erwin and Lake Baldwin communities were also added to the alert.

California Team Incident command Team 5 (Minton) assumed command of the fire at 6 a.m. today (Friday, June 26). The second camp is in place at Big Bear Mountain ski resort in Big Bear.

Hwy. 38 from Angeles Oaks to Lake Williams, Jenks Lake Road and Maple Lane in Big Bear Lake remain closed.

 

New Sterling Fire in San Bernardino and Update on Lake Fire

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The Sterling Fire that began today at approximately 6:30 p.m. is located at the top of Sterling Avenue in San Bernardino.  The fire is located east of Del Rosa Avenue. Cal-Fire, the City of San Bernardino and the U.S. Forest Service are responding with bulldozers, engines and crews. Additional resources have been requested from the Lake Fire. This is a wildfire at the top of Sterling Avenue in San Bernardino. The Sterling Fire has grown to 50 acres in size. It was reported at 6:30 p.m. The total personnel on the fire (at 7:30 p.m.) totaled 75 and the fire had grown through the brush to 50 acres.

Lake Fire Update: June 25, 8:56 p.m.-The increased fire activity in the eastern area of the fire prompted mandatory evacuations in the communities of Burns Canyon and Rimrock. A voluntary evacuation was put into place for Pioneertown. The communities of Lake Williams, Erwin Lake and Baldwin Lake are under an alert for possible evacuations.

Tonight’s temperatures (June 25) will be 64 to 72 degrees with a relative humidity of 25 percent. There are 1,874 firefighters assigned to the fire. The northern perimeter of the fire was active today and it progress north to the Heartbreak Ridge area. Crews are constructing direct fire-line and using bulldozers to control the fire. The fire also moved to the east. Topography and wind are driving this fire.

The number of structures that are threatened total 7,390. There have been four injuries. At 8 p.m. there were 153 engines, nine air tankers and crews, eight bulldozers, and 16 water tenders on scene.

At 8:56 p.m. the fire attack included 18 helicopters, for air attack planes, 54 crews, 16 water tenders and eight bulldozers.

Evacuations continue in all areas east of Angelus Oaks including Barton Flats, Seven Oaks, Rainbow Lane, Heart Bar and all cabins and campgrounds in the South Fork area and to the east, Burns Camp. Pioneertown is under a voluntary evacuation and Lake Williams, Erwin Lake and Baldwin Lake are under an alert.

 

 

 

 

Yesterday Fire Restrictions Increased in the San Bernardino National Forest

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Havin' fun in the parade!

One of the really old Forest Service vehicles.

Effective Monday, June 29 the U.S. Forest Service San Bernardino National Forest will implement seasonal fire restrictions. This early date is due to the lack of rain and snow this past winter (and small amounts of rain and snow the previous few years) which has, obviously, made the forest trees and plants far more susceptible to fire.

This ongoing fire in the San Bernardino National Forest that had been burning the last three days is proof that the forest is far drier than it should and with the lack of snow and rain the forest is even dryer. “our number one priority on the forest is the safety of our visitors making the fire restrictions in place, necessary,” said Fire Management Officer Jaime Gamboa. “The community and all forest users can help prevent fires by being vigilant in reporting illegal and inappropriate behavior within our community throughout the year.” The information also stressed the fact that the intensity of this year’s first fire  has shown the effects the drought has had on our forest. Drought-stressed trees, bark beetle killed timber and dry brush due to the lack of winter moisture is leading to a dangerous fire season. These restrictions will ensure that not only our guests and community members are safe during this fire season but also our employees. As the fire season continues we will continue to develop and re-evaluate our fire restrictions< said Forest Supervisor Jody Noiron.”

The forest service’s predictive services branch has predicted higher than average than average over the coming months due to warmer nighttime temperatures and below normal summertime monsoonal precipitation which causes an increased potential for large fires within Southern California.

THE NEW RESTRICTIONS FOLLOW………..

* NO WOOD OR CHARCOAL FIRES ANYWHERE IN THE SAN BERNARDINO NATIONAL FOREST

* INDIVIDUALS WITH A VALID CALIFORNIA CAMPFIRE PERMIT MAY USE A PROPANE OR GAS COOKING STOVE.

* FIREWORKS ARE ALWAYS PROHIBITED IN THE SAN BERNARDINO FOREST.

* AN APPROVED SPARK ARRESTER IS REQUIRED FOR ANY INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE OPERATED ON DESIGNATED FOREST ROUTES. THESE INCLUDE CHAIN SAWS, GENERATORS, MOTORCYCLES AND OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLES. SMOKING IS ONLY PERMITTED WITHIN ENCLOSED BUILDINGS OR VEHICLES AND RECREATIONAL SHOOTING IS LIMITED TO PUBLIC SHOOTING RANGES OPERATED UNDER A SPECIAL USE PERMIT ONLY, EXCEPT THOSE ENGAGED IN LEGAL HUNTING.

The U.S. Forest Service will be aggressively citing those who do not comply with the posted restrictions. Violation of these prohibitions is subject to punishment by a fine of not more than $10,000 or imprisonment  for not more than six months or both, as Class B misdemeanors under federal law. People may also be responsible for resource damage, suppression costs and any injuries that occur if they are found liable for causing a wildfire.

The U.s. Forest Service “predictive services branch” has predicted higher than average temperatures over the coming months due to warmer nighttime temperatures and below normal summertime monsoonal precipitation causing an increased potential for large fires in Southern California.

 

 

 

Assemblyman Jay Obernolte’s Office Staff Hosting Office Hours in Arrowhead July 2

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San Bernardino mountain community residents…….Frustrated with a state issue but don’t know who to call? Well, don’t call Ghostbusters! Instead call Assemblyman Jay Obernolte’s office at (760) 244-5277 to schedule an appointment with his office staff for Thursday, July 2 in Lake Arrowhead. Appointments can be set up from 2 to 4 p.m. and all appointments will be at the Lake Arrowhead Communities Chamber of Commerce.

To schedule an appointment call (760) 244-5277. Constituents are encouraged to schedule an appointment to get help on a statewide issue or issues, to share community concerns or to seek assistance in dealing with state agencies.

The  office is located in beautiful Lake Arrowhead Village in Suite E-100. The site is located on the lower level near McDonald’s so you can’t miss it!