COUNTY ISSUES FIRE WEATHER WATCH

San Bernardino County has issued a fire weather watch for the weekend. Strong gusty winds from the San Bernardino County mountains are expected; some locations could have sustained winds of 25 miles per hour, with gusts up to 50 miles per hour. Winds will increase Saturday morning, peak midday, calm

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PROTECT YOUR HOUSE FROM WILDFIRE

Reporter Mike Lipsitz has some tips on how to protect your home from wildfire…

As the threat of wildfire continues, The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)® suggests some critical actions to take before, during, and after wildfires. Be prepared with a disaster safety kit in case evacuation is ordered.

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PROTECT YOUR HOME FROM FIRE WITH DEFENSIBLE SPACE

Although we’re enjoying cooler fall weather, southern California and the West are still threatened by extreme fire danger. Reporter Sara Snyder says you can help by creating a defensible space… To better protect your home from wildfires, remove all dead plants, grass, leaves, and pine needles from your yard and

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HOME FIRE SAFETY TIPS

Fires kill more Americans than all natural disasters combined and 85 percent of all fire deaths occurring in residences. A few simple steps may save your life and the lives of loved ones. Reporter Rebecca Havely offers these safety tips…

Smoke and flames can engulf a house very quickly. Smoke

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IT’S WILDFIRE SEASON, CALFIRE HAS PREVENTION TIPS

If you live in a wildland area you need to use all equipment responsibly to reduce the risk of accidentally sparking a fire. Managing editor Tami Roleff has the wildfire prevention tips from CalFire… Southern California is entering peak wildfire season. Whether working to create defensible space around your home,

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WHILE CURRENT FIRE FEES ARE SUSPENDED, PAST FEES ARE DUE

When the California state legislature passed the cap and trade bill recently, one of the provisions in the bill suspended the fire prevention fee for property owners in rural areas, including many here in the Morongo Basin. The fire prevention fee helps pay the costs of firefighting in state responsibility

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CIGARETTES DON’T CAUSE AS MANY FIRES AS THEY USED TO

Many people blame wildfires on cigarettes that are tossed out of car windows. Reporter Eric Knabe says changes to cigarettes means they don’t cause as many fires as they used to…

Starting in 2004, states began requiring cigarettes to be self-extinguishing, so they are less likely to cause fires. The

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WITH REGIONAL WILDFIRES NEAR US, HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF

With the recent wildfires in California and throughout the West, here’s a reminder that we must be aware that even the littlest spark can start a massive fire, even here in our desert. Reporter Eric Knabe offers some helpful tips to prevent wildfires… The winter rain brought us an abundance

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BLM DECLARES ELEVATED FIRE RISK

The California Desert District of the Bureau of Land Management has declared a level of Stage 3 fire restrictions for the area ranging from Ridgecrest, CA to the border of Mexico. Fine fuels, which are at the driest level in recorded history, combined with hot, windy conditions, have created an

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WITH FIRE DANGER HIGH, CALFIRE SUSPENDS BURNING PERMITS

While Northern California received rains this winter and spring, southern California is still in the midst of a multi-year drought. Due to increased fire danger from the drought CAL FIRE has suspended all burn permits for outdoor residential burning within the State Responsibility Area of San Bernardino county. This suspension

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CALFIRE WANTS YOU TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE

The weather is hot and the humidity is dry, making it a dangerous time for fires. Reporter David Knutson says CalFire has some fire safety tips… CAL FIRE is asking the public for their help to prevent the sparking of a new wildfire. If you are camping, obtain a campfire

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FIRE PROTECTION AND INSURANCE IN WONDER VALLEY

The San Bernardino County Fire Department has four options regarding fire and emergency services in Wonder Valley. Many people have questions about how these options would affect homeowners’ insurance. A representative from the California Department of Insurance will give a presentation at the Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 1/2 Amboy

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SOME FIRE SAFETY TIPS

Even small fires can be devastating to life and property, and there are some simple things you can do to protect yourself. Reporter Rebecca Havely has these fire safety tips… With little warning, a fire can quickly engulf most homes. With fires killing more Americans than all natural disasters combined

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD VOTES TO PUT $350 FLAT PARCEL TAX ON THE BALLOT

Last night in Morongo Valley, the Community Services District board approved a plan to put a flat tax proposal to voters this June. The proposed annual $350 per parcel tax must win a two-thirds majority to pass. If approved, it would replace the current property assessment. Revenue generated would be

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A DEFENSIBLE SPACE CAN PROTECT YOUR HOME FROM SUMMER FIRES

With the summer’s heat comes extreme fire danger. Reporter Dan Stork says you can help by creating a defensible space… California has been in an extreme drought, and county and state fire officials have ordered a ban on open burning due to the high threat of wildfire. To better protect

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COUNTY WILL CRACK DOWN ON ILLEGAL FIREWORKS

The National Fire Protection Association says that Fourth of July fireworks cause more fires in the U. S. than all other causes combined. All fireworks, including “safe and sane” fireworks, are illegal in Twentynine Palms, Yucca Valley, and unincorporated areas of the Morongo Basin. Reporter Rebecca Havely says the Sheriff’s

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SAFETY TIPS FOR FURNACES AND SPACE HEATERS

Accidents involving furnaces and space heaters are a major cause of preventable home fires. County Fire urges residents to keep safe while they keep warm. Here is reporter Caitlin Logan with some cool weather safety tips to help you stay warm safely… Stay safe while you stay warm! Before weather

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BURN BAN LIFTED IN SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

The San Bernardino County burn ban has been lifted. Following recent rain, CAL FIRE’s San Bernardino Unit has lifted the suspension of burning within State Responsibility Area (SRA) in San Bernardino County effective today, Monday, December 8, 2014. While cooler temperatures have helped to diminish the threat of wildfire, residents

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COUNTY FIRE URGES CHRISTMAS TREE SAFETY

With the Christmas season upon us, residents will be putting up their holiday trees. Reporter Taylor Thacker says County Fire has some Christmas tree safety reminders… With the holiday season upon us, the San Bernardino County Fire Department would like to remind you of the following holiday natural Christmas tree

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MAKE SURE YOUR FIREPLACE IS SAFE

Accidents involving fireplaces are a major cause of preventable home fires. County Fire urges residents to keep safe while they keep warm. Here is Caitlin Logan with some cool-weather safety tips to help you stay warm safely… Stay safe while you stay warm. Have your chimneys inspected and cleaned regularly.

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