San Bernardino National Forest

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San Bernardino National Forest officials are asking for public comments on a proposed wildfire prevention project for the Lytle Creek Area. 

Lytle Creek sits west of the Cajon Pass and north of the cities of Fontana and Rialto. Officials says the chaparral and grassland area has become overgrown since the catastrophic 2003 Grand Prix Fire. The proposal explains fuel reduction methods like thinning and prescribed burning are needed to prevent a future catastrophic fire event.

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Winter weather arrived December 28 in the San Bernardino Mountains, with snowfall expected to reach 4,000 feetThe U.S. Forest Service has a few reminders for visitors as they plan their upcoming visits to the National Forest.

In a press release, the forest service said snow chains are a must, and checkpoints along the highways are likely. Also, they advised San Bernardino Mountain visitors to plan for crowds, to keep their snow play to public lands, and to pack out trash including broken sled pieces.

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San Bernardino National Forest officials warn peak fire season is not yet over and are asking residents to keep on guard while enjoying the forest this holiday week.

A combination of dry vegetation and forecasted Santa Ana winds Thanksgiving weekend means wildfires could still easily ignite and be difficult to control. 

To reduce fire risks, the forest service will continue to prohibit campfires, smoking, and target shooting.

Also, access remains closed for the burn areas of the recent Apple, El Dorado, and Snow fires.

Three Major Inland Empire Fires Reach Full Containment

Nov 17, 2020
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San Bernardino National Forest officials announced yesterday that three major Inland Empire fires are now 100% contained. 

The Apple, El Dorado, and Snow fires were previously at 95% containment because the last remaining portion of uncontained perimeter was located in inaccessible terrain.

However, they’ve now reached “natural features void of vegetation” which allowed firefighters to fully contain the fire, according to San Bernardino National Forest officials.

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Local wilderness areas are joining National Parks as popular recreation areas during the coronavirus pandemic. Now with recent overcrowding on trails in the San Bernardino National Forest, the Forest Service is reinstating day use permits for three areas. 

Starting September 1, visiting the San Gorgonio, San Jacinto and Cucamonga wilderness areas will require a free permit.

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A team of scientists and conservationists released more than 250 endangered frogs back into their native habitat in the San Bernardino National Forest on June 19, 2018.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper tagged along for the releases, and has this report.

I’m hiking up a stretch of wooded creek deep in the San Bernardino Mountains. With me are about a dozen biologists, conservationists, and photographers, all wading through forest and hip-deep water.

The reason?

Visitors to the San Bernardino National Forest will be able to access any part of the preserve for free tomorrow (Saturday) in celebration of National Public Lands Day.  KVCR's Rick Dulock reports.

In spite of concerns by environmentalists, the U.S. Forest Service is moving ahead with the process of permitting the Nestle company to continue extracting, bottling, and selling water from the San Bernardino National Forest.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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The Lake fire has now exceeded 30,000 acres burned, but firefighters managed to raise containment from 19 percent yesterday to 20 percent tonight (Friday).

The U.S. Forest Service reports that approximately 360 campers have been safely evacuated from the Camp Oakes in the Lake Williams Area. The  Forest Service calls it a precautionary evacuation due to the large number of campers. The San Bernardino Sheriff's Department is handling the evacuations. The American Red Cross Evacuation Center is located at the Big Bear Community Church, 40946 Big Bear Blvd, in the city of Big Bear. CERT is on-scene to meet campers at the evacuation center to address any immediate needs.

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