These are some tips for living in the Mountains:

  • Don't put your trash out until the morning the trash company comes to pick it up.  If the animals get in to it before the trash pickup, please pick up the mess.  Don't dump anything that you cannot lift into the dumpsters, outside of the dumpster. 

  • The Recycle Bins down by the cinder pile are for recyclables only.

  • Keep emergency supplies on hand.  This includes candles, food, portable generator, water, etc.

  • When taking walks with your pets, clean up after them if they take a bathroom break.  Just because we live in the mountains, doesn't mean that our neighbors should have to deal with our pet's droppings.

  • If you have a barking dog, make sure you take care of it.  We all moved up here for  the peace and quiet, so respect your neighbor's right to that quiet also.

  • Shovel your snow sooner rather than later.  Snow that is left on the ground or on stairs, soon turns to ice when the sun comes out and it's much harder to remove it when it's frozen.

  • To avoid broken pipes, leave your outside faucets dripping when the temperatures drop below freezing.

  • "Pay it forward" If someone in the canyon does something nice for you, return the favor or do something nice for someone else.  That's the Forest Falls way....

  • Be neighborly and when you get a new neighbor quickly identify yourself and reach out to them.

  • Don't hesitate to ask for help, FF folks are very generous and usually want to help, but they don't want to intrude, so ask. 

  • Volunteer for at least one community organization, it will help  you get to know every, help your community out and make you feel good about the community.

  • Drive slowly on ice and snow.  If there is snow on the ground, there is probably ice too.  Use lower gears when driving downhill.  Watch out for the curves near the Post Office, Fallsvale School and lower canyon.  If the road looks wet, it can also be black ice.

  • Become a paying subscriber to Mountain C.A.R.E and the Bear Facts (town quarterly newspaper) so they can continue to provide services to the community.

  • Try using very warm (hot) water on mosquito bites to help alleviate the itch.

  • Clean up thoroughly after barbequing and eating outside.  BarBQ grills draw bears and other wildlife and they will come back night after night looking for food if the grills are not cleaned or burned off.  Check the drip pan often and empty it also. 

  • Don't leave food, groceries or garbage in your vehicle, even in an enclosed package or container.  Bears can still smell through it and will break into cars to eat it.  Even candy wrappers can draw them in. 

  • Don't use fruity air fresheners in your car after getting it washed.  Bears will think there is food in the car.

  • Make sure if you spill any coffee with creamer in your car that you clean it thoroughly because it will attract the bears.  Don't leave empty soda cans in the car either.  Any sweet smell will attract them.

  • Don't put your garbage bags in your trunk overnight.  Bears will break into your car and go through your back seat to get to them.

  • Bears know how to open your car doors so be sure to lock them and put on your car alarm if you have one.  Once they get into the car, they can become trapped when the door closes as they move around and they will rip up the inside of your car, trying to get out.

  • Don't leave any food (even pet food) out in plain site, even in an enclosed porch.  Bears will break into the room if they see or smell food.  This even goes for refrigerators or freezers out on porches.

  • Drive on the cinders whenever there's a possibility of ice on the road.

  • Weekenders - Keep enough firewood and reserve food in your home in case you get caught up here during a winter storm, or even during flood season. 

  • Fire Safety - Keep taller trees limbed up to at least 6ft.; box in your eaves; keep firewood stacks away from the house; don't let branches grow over your roof; remove brush from around the house.


Contrary to common perception, a wildfire does not have to burn everything in its path. In fact, clearing property of debris and maintaining landscaping are important, yet simple, first steps for homeowners. Residents can do their part and take simple steps today to lessen the risk of damage if a wildfire occurs.


  • Create a defensible area, firebreaks that divert flames around property, by clearing weeds and dry grass at least 100 feet around your home.

  • Property on sloped areas should be cleared at least 100 feet as well, as wind-fed flames can race up hills and mountainsides quickly.

  • Store flammable liquids in approved safety cans away from occupied buildings.

  • Keep propane tanks clear of vegetation.

  • Keep all combustibles, such as firewood, lawn furniture, picnic tables, etc., away from structures.

  • Clean rain gutters regularly to avoid leaf and needle accumulation.

  • Clear vegetation and other flammable materials from beneath decks or other wooden structures.

  • Remove tree limbs and vegetation that overhang the roof.

  • Remove all branches lower than 6 feet.

  • Don’t let debris and lawn cuttings linger. Dispose of these items quickly to reduce fuel for fire.

  • Dispose of stove or fireplace ash and charcoal briquettes after soaking them in a metal pail of water for 24 hours.

  • Keep garden hose connected to faucet.

  • Review your home escape plan with your family & have a fire drill exercise.

  • Ensure address is clearly visible from the street.


To learn more on how you can be prepared for a wildfire, visit You can also contact your local fire department for further information and free property inspection. 
San Bernardino County Fire wishes you a safe summer. 


Tracey Martinez, Public Information Officer
San Bernardino County Fire Department
(909) 387-5950, 800-426-8689 pager #3307

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Ferrill Gas/Propane Members Group Contract and Application.



Open to all residents of Forest Falls, Angelus Oaks, Mountain Home Village and other communities that Ferrell Gas provides Propane Gas Service. We currently have over 100 members, the group is open to all.


Come by Mountain Air Real Estate for an application—Or—simply Print and Complete and bring into our Forest Falls Office to be included in the group.


Mountain Air Real Estate will Fax your application and maintain a file with your contact information for Propane Gas Services only.


Your information is secure at Mountain Air Real Estate. You will not be contacted about any other services we offer.


Mountain Air Real Estate is only facilitating this as a Community Service. We are not affiliated with Ferrell Gas.------



2016 Ferrell Gas Cont Appl NEW.pdf

We have put together a simple, easy to use information packet. 

The following documents are resources to help you transition into mountain living. 

Get to know your community and neighbors. 

Be prepared and remember knowledge is power.


Acceptable Recyclables

C.E.R.T. News

Forest Falls S.T.A.R. Map

Help Keep Our Bears Wild

Helpful Numbers

Keep Me Wild

San Bernardino County Family Disaster Plan


by Joaquin Baeza, Water Co. Supervisor

Courtesy of Mountain C.A.R.E and the Bear Facts

Winter is upon us and your home needs some attention as the temps drop and the snow begins to fall.

Here are a few good tips:

Before the winter cold and snow covers things up, find your Main Shut-Off Valve!  Don't wait! Locate the main shut-off valve, mark it, and make sure everyone in the household knows where it is.

To help prevent water pipes from freezing, fit and cover any exposed pipes with insulation and/or wrapping. The more insulation you use, the better.

Drain and disconnect garden hoses and turn off the water supply going to all outdoor spigots.

Allow a slow trickle of water to flow through faucets connected to pipes that run through an unheated or unprotected space. If your house is going to be vacant during a cold spell, consider draining your water system.

If you see any leaks or breaks be sure to call your water company.




Courtesy of Mountain C.A.R.E and the Bear Facts

  1. Wear proper shoes, flip-flops or open toe sandals are not adequate.

  2. Take your time and pay attention. Many rocks are loosened from flooding or polished smooth from years of water action, creating a silky smooth surface that is very slippery.

  3. Keep a close eye on your children, this area is not a grassy public park.

  4. Our mountain is made up of decomposing granite. Do not attempt to climb the cliffs as your footing or handhold may simply crumble and fall away.

  5. If you see someone doing something dangerous, speak to them and if they do not listen, stay out of their way. Several injuries each year occur to innocent people who are hit by falling rocks caused by people climbing above them.

When You Wish Upon a STAR: Every year at this time it is good to re-visit our knowledge and action plan should fire enter our community and not allow us a safe way to evacuate. Know your STAR site (Short Term Area of Refuge), that place to seek refuge should a wildfire enter our community without enough time for a safe evacuation. There are 9 designated STAR sites in Forest Falls and the large turnout on Hwy 38 below Valley of the Falls Dr. for Mountain Home Village. If you do not know their locations and most important the location of the STAR site nearest your property, contact a local firefighter, ask your neighbor or stop by Elkhorn General Store to obtain a STAR map that also includes important information on wildfire emergencies.

Our Sheriff's Office has the primary responsibility for evacuation, prior to or during an emergency. Evacuation notice may come using several methods including; TENS (Telephone Emergency Notification System), Loudspeaker alerts by helicopter or ground vehicles and Door to Door notification by public safety personnel.  But what if their isn't enough time for notification from the Sheriff Office or Fire Department? If its a fire, when do YOU make the decision and evacuate to your STAR site? Use your senses of smell, sight and touch.  If the smoke is so strong that it burns your nostrils and/or there are BURNING embers falling in your yard, starting spot fires you can't control,.. it's time to retreat to a STAR site.

Summer/Fall thunderstorms can bring flashfloods. If you live on a creek subject to flashfloods, or are recreating on one, again, use your senses of hearing, sight and touch. When light to moderate rain turn to downpours and large hail starts falling, OR you hear a train coming down the creek.  Move to higher ground for a short time until the danger of flash flood passes.

Reminder... if you are reacting to your senses it is probably to late to jump in your car and try to leave the canyon. Stay calm, plan your actions and use good sense.



by Tom McIntosh, Capt. Forest Falls, Station 99

Courtesy of Mountain C.A.R.E and the Bear Facts

WINTER, it happens every year.  Our early October snowfall was tough on trees with many branches breaking as the leafed out trees were unable to handle the unseasonably early 3-6 inches that fell in the mid to upper canyon. The almanac says we are in for a wet/cold
winter. What is your opinion?

With over 37 years in the canyon I am commonly asked, What kind of winter are we going to have and I have learned this answer.  I'll tell you in the Spring.

I am always amused when folks talk about the bad winter or storm we had. Come on, we are mountain folk and winter brings with it special beauties as well as providing us the water that not only creates spectacular Spring and Summer seasons but also provides for our drinking and domestic use.  Without a bad winter we would simply be another desert canyon.

So lets take winter both serious and with a smile. On the serious side please review the following and make a real effort to be safe for yourself and the rest of the people and critters that live here and are on our roads;

  • ICE & SNOW on our roads and in your drives and walkways, consider chains for your car and for your feet. Shovel it when it falls, a couple of inches of un-cleaned snow soon becomes pack ice which increases slip/fall accidents.

  • LIMITED VISIBILITY while driving caused by low clouds, snow flurries, fogged or snow covered windows. Give yourself an extra 5 minutes.  Clear snow from all windows, get the defroster working and have full visibility when you drive.

  • When big storms move through it may be necessary to clear your roof, there are many methods available that do not require getting on your roof, beware of the WEIGHT OF SNOW AND ICE on your roofs, trees, utility lines.

  • PROPANE TANK regulators can malfunction if allowed to be buried in snow, allowing high pressure gas to enter your home, creating a strong explosion potential. Check your lpg tank regulator and keep it clear.

  • APPLIANCE and HEATER VENTS should be checked to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning while floor and wall furnaces need a proper distance to furniture and carpet covers.

  • WOOD STOVES and FIREPLACES need clean chimneys and proper spark arrestors to avoid chimney fires which could extend to the rest of your home. Chimney fires are serious so when they happen, Call 911.

  • PROPER ASH DISPOSAL is a must as most of our fires occur from improper disposal of ashes that have included hot ashes placed in paper bags, hot ashes in a proper container but placed directly underneath a window curtain and hot ashes in a proper container but sat on a wood deck.

  • Speaking of CHAINS, there is a reason chain control is normally set up in a large turnout and most often below the snow line. It is a public safety hazard to be stopped in the roadway putting on your chains at the point you can no long drive. Chains need to be  installed off the roadway and before they are needed. Ever heard someone say: I could have made it without chains if that person would not have stopped in front of me.  If you cant stop and restart on icy/snowy roads, YOU SHOULD BE CHAINED UP. Avoid frost nip or frost bite by having proper clothes, including gloves, for winter travel and when installing chains.

  • Most cars and trucks on the road today are equipped with ABS brakes. Is yours? And if so, have you learned how to use them? Sliding downhill out of control is a poor time to learn, consider testing them out in more controlled conditions so you can gain
    the comfort of knowing how they can work for you AND the realization that excessive speed or a prior loss of control will probably NOT be corrected by applying your ABS.

Remember that new, reduced speed limits will apply in both the chain control area and the highway in general whenever CHAINS REQUIRED are posted. Look for the yellow post signs on Highway 38.

And since we are talking about Winter we are also in the midst of FIRE SEASON with some of largest fires in our area taking place from October through February when the Santa Ana Winds events occur. Stay Fire Safe and Alert, continue to maintain defensible space around your home and don't forget your STAR site location.









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