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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
well, as wind-fed flames can race up hills and
liquids in approved safety cans away from occupied
Keep propane tanks
clear of vegetation.
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
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 http://sbcfire.org/fire_prevention_advice.aspx.
You can also contact your local fire department for further
information and free property inspection.
San Bernardino County Fire wishes you a safe summer.
Martinez, Public Information Officer
San Bernardino County Fire Department
(909) 387-5950, 800-426-8689 pager #3307
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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
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
Mountain Air Real Estate will Fax your application
and maintain a file with your contact information
for Propane Gas Services only.
information is secure at Mountain Air Real Estate.
You will not be contacted about any other services
Mountain Air Real Estate is only facilitating this
as a Community Service. We are not affiliated with
2016 Ferrell Gas Cont
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
Forest Falls S.T.A.R. Map
Help Keep Our Bears Wild
San Bernardino County Family Disaster Plan
by Joaquin Baeza, Water Co. Supervisor
Mountain C.A.R.E and the Bear
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
If you see any leaks or breaks be sure to call your
Mountain C.A.R.E and the Bear
Wear proper shoes, flip-flops or open toe sandals
are not adequate.
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.
Keep a close eye on your children, this area is not
a grassy public park.
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.
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
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
by Tom McIntosh, Capt.
Forest Falls, Station 99
Mountain C.A.R.E and the Bear
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
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
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.
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
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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