Lake Fire News & Safety

We’re getting a lot of questions about the Lake Fire that sparked last week outside of Big Bear in the San Bernardino National Forest.

Beyond minimal smoke drift, Big Bear Frontier, surrounding residential areas and the Village at Big Bear, have remained unscathed by the Lake Fire. We are grateful for the many firefighters and volunteers dedicated to keeping the fire contained and away from our area. Fortunately, if you are visiting us this weekend or next, you cant still expect pristine water and inviting mountain views.

To help prevent similar wildfires, we have provided information about benefits and prevention tips, below!

Benefits of Forest Fires

Forest fires can be no doubt cause devastation. However, they can also produce natural benefits in the wake of their aftermath. Forest fires actually help renew soil and recycle nutrients.

Lodge Pole Pines

In fact, some trees, such as the lodge pole pine, aren’t able regenerate independently unless exposed to forest fires, and often sprout up in droves afterwards. Furthermore, lodge pole pines can house seeds for years before a wildfire’s force pries open its resin-sealed cones. Lodge pole pines’ seedlings also thrive in the carbon-laden post-fire soil.

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Controlled Forest Fires

Ideally, small wildfires are set in a controlled area under the supervision of professionals, and can even help prevent large-scale blazes. Smaller forest fires can help burn through hindrances such as:

  • dead leaves
  • pine needles
  • other debris lining the forest floor


Small fires renew areas for green growth to push through the soil, which reduces the risk of future or large scale wildfires such as the recent Lake Fire.

Tips for Preventing Forest Fires

There are things you can do to prevent wildfires and mitigate damage in case of a situation like the Lake Fire.  Big Bear Frontier’s staff regularly prunes existing shrubbery and removes dead growth away from structures, and we are actively committed to weeding.

Close-up of a string weed trimmer trimming the grass along a concrete sidewalk.

Weeding helps prevent fire fighters.

Since many fires start in areas of weeded overgrown brush, weeding is crucial. Also, keeping roofs and gutters clean is a practice that can help prevent fires from spreading across residential properties.

For more residental prevention tips, visit

Fire Safety for Campers

Camping a popular activity among the Big Bear Lake area. After all, what’s better than a campfire surround by good friends and beautiful scenery? In our opinion, nothing. Unless, however, you aren’t practicing campfire safety.

Man and woman camping at lake

Enjoy campfires safely at Big Bear Lake, California.

Check Weather Conditions

First, you want to be aware of surrounding weather conditions such as a drought. You can redeem this information by reaching out to resources, such as

  • The Department of Natural Resources
  • Local Wildlife Ranger’s Office
  • Campground or Property Management

Properly Make a Fire Pit 

If you are camping and the area does not offer onsite fire pits, make your own by choosing an area that meets the following criteria:

  • 10-15 foot circumference
  • clear of debri
  • No overhead branches or or flammable structures

Next, dig about a foot deep. Then, line your pit with rocks. Be sure to always keep a bucket of water nearby in case of emergencies.

Tourist bonfire at dusk in the forest framed by stones

Proper construction of a campfire

Extinguishing a Campfire

To extinguish your fire, remember, ‘BIG BEAR LOVES CAMPERS’ or ‘BBLC.’

  • BBURN your fuel down to ashes.
  • BBUCKET of water is the next step. Douse the fire completely.
  • LLISTEN for hissing noises.  Don’t stop pouring water on your fire until it is quiet.
  • CCOVER & COOL using a shovel. Then, stir dirt into the ashes, and cover completely. Finally, check to ensure the spot is completely cooled.

Now you’re fire safe.

Fire Updates & News Resources

When a forest fire is active in the area, being vigilant is most important.  Stick to credible news outlets and local or federal government websites to get up-to-date information.  San Bernardino County, like many communities, also offers text and phone alerts to subscribers detailing emergency information.  You can also see updated pictures and time-lapse video of the mountains here.

Big Bear Frontier is focused on providing the best experience for all of our guests and we will continue to strive to do so, even in the event of a fire in the mountains.  Currently no structures were damaged in the fire and with cooler temperatures and higher humidity returning this weekend, we’re confident an end is close in sight.  We urge you to join us this weekend and let us show you just how relaxing (and fire free!) your weekend can be!

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Old Miners Heritage Days at Big Bear Lake

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Every year the Village at Big Bear Lake celebrates the mining heritage of the San Bernardino Mountains with a series of fun and exciting events throughout the summer, and the celebration has just begun! The Old Miners Heritage Parade kicked off this summer-long celebration earlier in … Continue reading

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National Fishing and Boating Week

Did you know that June 6th – 14th is National Fishing and Boating Week? We couldn’t be more excited! Big Bear Lake is teeming with a variety of fish and is the perfect place to reel in a long weekend.

To show our support of this weekly celebration, Big Bear Frontier is offering 15% OFF any cabins through Sunday, June 14th. Mention this blog and redeem this offer when you book your getaway!

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Fishing is the third most popular outdoor activity in the nation. According to the 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation (NSFHWR), more than 30 million people in the United States went fishing. Of the vast majority of these outings, 81 percent were to fresh water bodies like our beloved Big Bear Lake.

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Why do we love fishing so much? One reason is its proven ability to relieve stress. It offers a way to unwind, rekindle a connection with the outdoors and unplug from the chaos of modern day life. It presents an opportunity to quietly reflect, gather thoughts and relax on the water.

We also fish for the camaraderie.  For anglers, there is nothing better than a day on the water with friends and family, making memories and connecting with a little conversation. Fishing together offers a chance to laugh, yell victoriously over the catch of the day and commiserate with each other when the big one slips away.

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We love fishing because we know our past time supports conservation. Funding received from fishing licenses in this state supports the Department of Fish and Wildlife and its conservation efforts.

In honor of National Fishing and Boating Week, we urge you to pass this love along.  Teach someone to fish this week. Hand Crafted (4)Summertime is high season to bring in largemouth bass!  Take a friend to the lake and share the excitement of getting a large Channel catfish.  Show them the proper techniques behind Trout fishing so the two of you can enter the Big Bear Lake’s Troutfest this Fall.   Charter a boat from one of the many marinas in the area or make use of Big Bear Lake’s public boat ramps; they are open through November.

We can’t wait to see what trophy catches you hook!  Make your reservation now to make 2015’s National Fishing and Boating Week one to remember.

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Big Bear Village Wine Walk

The Village Business Association of Big Bear Lake is hosting its annual Village Summer Wine Walk this Saturday, June 6 from 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Enjoy shopping while tasting wine and beer from all over the globe!

In spirit of this year’s event, here are tips on how to pair wine with local fish you’ll catch on the lake.

White vs. Red Wine

Basic culinary rules say reds go best with dense meats such as steak and whites go best with lighter fares such as fish. However, depending on the flavor intensity, texture and preparation of the fish, red wine can be just as tasteful of a match as white.

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Basic culinary rules say reds go best with dense meats such as steak and whites go best with lighter fares such as fish.


Delicate Fish

Flaky fish such as bass or blue gill is best complimented with a light and crisp wine such as Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc. This light pairing is perfect for the summer season and warmer weather.

We recommend preparing these delicate catches with simple dressings like a sprinkle of Italian seasoning and brush of olive oil, before putting them on them on the grill or in the oven to broil.

Medium Fish

Trout is a catch commonly reeled in on the lake. Its boost of flavor calls for a white pairing with a little more body such as Chardonnay and Riesling, or even something lighter like Sauvignon Blanc.

Grilled trout with lemon

Grilled trout with lemon


This local fish favorite can be prepared by adding a drizzle of dill butter or brushed on coat of Dijon mustard.

Heavy Fish

For fried catfish lovers, this catch is best paired with the heaviness of red wine. We suggest sipping on Tempranillo, Pinot Noir or Rioja to compliment the crunch and strong flavor of a breaded or deep fried catfish.

catfish breaded

Adding texture to your fish by breading or battering opens the door to bolder wines such as reds.


Pairing by Flavor Profile

Fish is a versatile food that will handle almost any flavors you enjoy cooking with; using these flavors is another way to customize the pairing of your wine selection to your meal.

Fried or Breaded

Adding texture to your fish by breading or battering opens the door to bolder wines such as reds.   A delicious light fish such as crappie will pair well with a Grenache after corn breading and deep frying.  Stay to the lighter reds; this is key.

Sweet Marinades

Sweet marinades, such as curry and teriyaki, call for sweet wines. Serve a chilled Rosé rather than the stronger sweetness from a Moscato.

Spicy Seasonings

Spicy recipes such as blackened fish or fish tacos pair best with a dry white such as Riesling. It complements the spice well and doesn’t overpower you with flavor.EVERYTHING (1)

Differentiating palates are going to enjoy a variation of wine and culinary combinations. The most important thing to remember is find the wine and food combination that suits you. The possibilities are endless!

Accommodation & Ticket Information

If you plan to attend this weekend’s event are in need of a place to stay while attending the Village Wine Walk, contact us or call 800-798-3960. We are offering  20% OFF your stay of two or more nights this weekend only—just mention this article!

To purchase tickets click here or visit the UPS Store in Big Bear Lake Village.

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We will make sure your stay is a perfect complement to this eventful weekend! We would also love to know your favorite wine and lake catch pairings, so don’t forget to leave a comment, below!

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Shopping in a Winter Wonderland

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Big Bear is hopping this time of year! Not only are all the skiers and snowboarders ready to hit the slopes after being cooped up for most of the year, but it is vacation time for many people during the … Continue reading

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Weekend Treats

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It Starts Off Sweet Big Bear Lake will he a hotbed of Halloween activity tonight! Dress up your little monsters, and make sure you have the super-sized candy bags. There will be plenty of ways to stock up on the … Continue reading

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Amy’s Action Aqua Flight

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We recently sent our front desk manager, Amy on a little adventure. After an entire summer of discussing it and hearing how fun it was from our guests, it was time for her to do some flying. In a helicopter? No. … Continue reading

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Big Bear Lake and the Art of Relaxation

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Most people are coming up for the action Big Bear Lake offers. Skiing, snowboarding, running, hiking, exploring, dining, and late night entertainment all are major attractions that draw people to the area.  Sometimes the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, … Continue reading

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Get your Boards Out and…Paddle?

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When people think of California, they think of warm weather, wine, movies, and a long Pacific coast line. Big Bear has access to all of those things but one. The Pacific Ocean is roughly one hundred and twenty miles west … Continue reading

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Old School Cool – Big Bear Welcomes Some Classics

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There are very few places in Big Bear you can go where you are not confronted by the history of the area in some way. From the arrival of the Serrano Indians around 2500 years ago, Big Bear Lake has … Continue reading

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