Is There a Killer Lurking

in Your Firewood?

Goldspotted Oak Borer (GSOB) Agrilus auroguttatus is an invasive pest

contributing to the on-going oak tree mortality occurring on federal, state, private,

and local Native American lands in many areas of Southern California. Isolated

areas of infestation have been confirmed in Riverside, Orange, Los Angeles and

San Bernardino Counties in Southern California. GSOB was detected in more

than one area near Big Bear last month. Widespread oak mortality can have

severe implications to the environment and human safety. Due to the current and potential impacts to California oaks and communities, public and private organizations are working together in the research, education and outreach efforts related to GSOB management.

A special public workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, October 9th at the Lake Gregory Education / Community Center, 24740 San Moritz Way, Crestline,  5:00pm to provide the general public with information about this invasive and devastating pest. This GSOB workshop will be followed by a Wildfire Prevention & Preparedness meeting at 6:30pm (See below).  A second public meeting is schedule in Big Bear at the Big Bear Discovery Center at 10am on Saturday, October 19th.

The beetles aggressively attack California black oaks, coast live oaks and canyon live oaks. Dead trees can also increase risk of fire danger. Selling fire wood from the downed dead oaks helps the beetle move from community to community.

While the beetle is native to Arizona, but is believed to have traveled first to San Diego County and then Riverside and now up to the San Bernardino mountains via infested fire wood.

Come to the workshop to learn more about the beetle, how to identify it or evidence it has attacked your trees and what the USFS, CAL FIRE, other local authorities and organizations are doing to address it. For more info about the GSOB, visit

Wildfire Prevention & Preparedness Community Meetings!

Come listen to our local first responders and other organizations involved in prevention, preparedness and action! These agencies will share what they are doing to get prepared for the wildfires coming our way. Learn about the latest in suppression efforts, equipment and resources to fight fires. And you can get tips on what YOU can do to be a part of the difference in making our communities more fire safe.

Light refreshments, goodies for the kids, lots of info and raffle prizes!  Come early and have your picture taken with Smokey Bear!

October 2nd, 6:30pm - Rim of the World High School PAC, 27400 State Highway 18, Lake Arrowhead - DISASTER PREPAREDNESS, hosted by SB COunty Second District Supervisor Janice Rutherford.

October 9th, 6:30pm - Lake Gregory Education/Community Center, 24740 San Moritz Way, Crestline


CHIPPER DAYS will be back in spring 2020

Thanks to new funding from CAL FIRE's California Climate Investment Fire Prevention  Grant Program, MRFSC will again be offering a series of Chipper Days for the mountain communities,for 2020.  Curbside Chipping registration deadlines will be the third Sunday of each month, May through September. See Chipper Days page for more details. Contact us via our contact page to be added to our notification list for this and other programs and updates.  NOTE - SEPTEMBER 15TH WAS THE FINAL REGISTRATION DATE FOR 2019....


 FIRST RESPONDER DAY continues to be a success!

The Mountain Rim Fire Safe Council and State Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho

Cucamonga) invited the community to participate in a day of recognition for local

emergency personnel at the inaugural California First Responder Day at Snow Valley

Mountain Resort held on September 23, 2017.

First responders and their families, as well as the community, attended this special event. Activities included opportunities for kids to explore fire trucks, ambulance, police vehicles and helicopters. While meeting first responders there were demonstrations, safety information and special visits by Smokey Bear. Food vendors were also be onsite.

The Senate Resolution, authored by Senator Morrell and adopted by the State Senate, designates September 23rd as First Responder Day in California.

“California is prone to earthquakes, wildfires, flooding, and other disasters that all require active preparation and response efforts,” said Senator Morrell. “At the heart of our state’s emergency action capability are its first responders. No greater courage is demonstrated than that of the dedicated heroes who run into harm’s way rather than away from it. This day is one of gratitude and appreciation. I am honored to take part in recognizing these men and women.”

Plan on joining us again in 2019 in as we honor First Responders. MRFSC will be sponsoring a coloring contest at Hoffman Elementary School. What will YOU do in YOUR community?

Or plan a special event or activity in your community to than First Responders! Visit for more info!

While the official day of recognition is September 23rd, the celebration will be held on the Saturday nearest the 23rd

Mountain Rim Fire Safe Council