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Fire Suspends Popular Chipping Program for 2020 Season
April 15, 2020 Big Bear Lake, CA ___
Big Bear Fire Department announces that it will
suspend its popular chipping program for the 2020 season. This grant-funded
program has been highly successful helping residents create
defensible space around their structures. The Big
Bear Fire Department actively researches and applies for hazardous fuel
reduction grants to keep the chipping program and the hazardous tree remove
program going. The Department recently received denial letters for the three
grants applied for that would have paid for hazardous fuel reduction programs
for the 2020 season.
Fire Chief Jeff Willis stated, “The loss of approximately $345,000 in grant
funding is difficult and will be hard for this community. This program has
proven very successful in helping property owners remove hazardous fuels.
Creating defensible space is still extremely important to protect a home from
wildfire; and I all property owners to continue to be diligent creating and maintaining
a firewise property through the summer months.”
“The loss of grant funding comes at a time when
the Department has cut administrative personnel to reduce expenses.
“Administrative staffing cuts also reduces the Department’s ability to manage
hazardous fuel abatement programs.” Fire Chief Jeff Willis added.
The Department has one grant remaining that is available for hazardous
tree removal on a property owner cost-share basis. For information on the
hazardous tree removal program or for
guidelines to create defensible space around your property, please contact the
Big Bear Fire Department at www.BigBearFire.org or
About Big Bear Fire Department:
Big Bear Fire Authority was formed under a Joint Powers
Agreement in 2012 combining Big Bear Lake Fire Protection District and Big Bear
City Fire Department, now commonly known as Big Bear Fire Department. Since its
inception, Big Bear Fire Department is committed to providing Big Bear Valley
with professional fire, medical and emergency services “Protecting Lives and
Property” with timely response to fire and medical emergencies.