Living in the middle of a national forest has its perks. It also has its dangers. It only took the latest fire — the Valley Fire near Forest Falls — to bring the danger to our attention.
Sunny days in Big Bear Valley and the San Bernardino National Forest attract people to the outdoors. And with the encroachment of humans into the wildnerness there are bound to be encounters with the local wildlife.
Summer officially arrives this week, June 21. The annual Independence Day celebration is just around the corner. Lodges are filling up, traffic is getting heavier and Big Bear Valley is ready for the summer season ahead.
Make no mistake about it, the California drought continues. This latest in a series of drought years in California’s history began in 2012 and shows little signs of easing.
The first major holiday weekend of the summer season in Big Bear Valley has come and gone. And by all accounts, it was a success in terms of tourist traffic, at least from what we observed at The Grizzly.
Over the weekend there were two instances where hikers in the San Gorgonio Wilderness and San Bernardino National Forest had to be rescued via air rescue. The first occurred along the San Bernardino Peak Divide Trail around noon March 25. A female hiker slipped on ice and slid 500 feet down …