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.  This episode tells of the shake-up of the Big Bear community after arson fires threatened the whole village.  Here’s Part 2 of “Living With Fire”.

The Historical 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 online at, and at, also at Butcher’s Block and other retailers throughout the Big Bear Valley.