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Castle Fire Update

No Threat to Big Bear 

The "Castle Fire" started on 9/3/2016 around 6:30 a.m. It was located near Bluff Mesa Group Camp and is 1 1/2 acres at 100% containment. 


 AS OF 9/14/2016 - 12:30 PM

No Threat to Big Bear at this Time

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The fire is 36,274 acres with 100% containment.

The Blue Cut Fire started on August 16, 2016 at 10:36 AM in the Cajon Pass along Old Cajon Blvd. north of Kenwood Avenue west of Interstate 15. The fire quickly spotted across Cajon Creek and grew into a large wildland fire. During the course of the fire fight, railroad lines, local roads, highway 138 and Interstate 15 were closed along with a large evacuation area that included Lytle Creek, Wrightwood, Summit Valley, Baldy Mesa, Phelan and Oak Hills. 

At the peak of the battle to control this blaze there were 2,684 personnel actively involved in the fight to contain the Blue Cut Fire. These personnel have come from all over the nation to help with this firefight.

The Cause of the Fire is under investigation, however investigators need your help to determine the fire cause. If you seen anything, heard anything have photos or videos, please call We Tip 1-800-47-ARSON or submit your tip online at: 

California Incident Management Team 4 is managing the incident, in unified command with the US Forest Service, CAL FIRE, San Bernardino County Fire, San Bernardino County Sheriffs Department, and the California Highway Patrol.
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Fire Information Call Center will close at 6:00pm on Tuesday.

Current Damage Assessment: 

A Damage Assessment Team working under the Blue Cut Fire Unified Command has announced that an estimate of 105 single family residences and 216 outbuildings were destroyed by the Blue Cut Fire, and 3 single family residences and 5 other structures were damaged.

Adopt-A-Hydrant Program

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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 »