Surrounded by the San Bernardino National Forest, Big Bear residents are well aware of the constant threat of both domestic and wildfires. This four part series of historical videos looks at how the Big Bear Lake communities have dealt with the threat of fire over the last 100 years.  Here’s Part 1 of “Living With Fire”.

The images for this video were provided by the recently published “Vanishing Big Bear-2”, and from the historical collections of Rick Keppler, and Mark Durban.  “Vanishing Big Bear-2” is a hardbound 8.5” x 11” book. It is available at local merchants throughout Big Bear Lake, and online at and at, also at Butcher’s Block and other retail merchants throughout the Big Bear Valley.