The Big Bear Valley, a small city of about only 5,000 people in San Bernardino County, California, is known for its gold mining, logging, ranching, fox farm, movie shoots and Grizzly bears.
Thankfully, Big Bear Valley hasn’t been affected by large fires in over 107 years. But that also means the area has accumulated 107 years’ worth of forest fuels which if ignited could cause a fire difficult to contain.
Over 60% of the National Forest right next to the City of Big Bear Lake is a Condition Class 3, is densely populated with trees and filled with millions of dead trees. And in 2001, the city was listed in the Federal Register as a Community at Risk of a wildfire.
So in July 2006, the City of Big Bear Lake City Council voted to authorize the Mayor to sign the Big Bear Valley Community Wildfire Protection Plan, which was entitled a “Systems Approach.” The plan included the need to replace old shake shingle roofs, removing dead leaves and to conduct fuel reduction on private properties.
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