Response to Bobcat Fire shows great community support and cooperation

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The recent Bobcat Fire, which prompted evacuations and evacuation warnings for Pinon Hills and Wrightwood, triggered remarkable cooperation among San Bernardino County Fire leadership, Mountain High Ski Resort and the Wrightwood Fire Safe Council. Mountain High Resort offered firefighters use of its facilities, including its staging areas, heavy equipment and meeting space, food facilities, and even helicopter landing pads. Ben Smith, vice president of Resort Operations also offered access to millions of gallons of water in Mountain High’s reservoirs.

San Bernardino County Fire Department Chief Dan Munsey was grateful for the support and cooperation. “In my opinion, the Wrightwood Fire Safe Council is a leader in fire safe councils and does an amazing job working hard with the allied agencies to keep their community safe,” Chief Munsey said. “They are wonderful to work with.”

Smith, who also serves as vice president for the Wrightwood Fire Safe Council, was impressed by San Bernardino County Fire's bulldozers on the fire lines.

“It was an amazing sight seeing San Bernardino County Fire's dozers getting off loaded on top of Blue Ridge Truck Trail,” Smith said. “What was even more impressive is how efficient the crew was. I want to commend the group for the amount professionalism and operator capabilities that I am sure comes with many hours of training for this unique skill set. One other item worth a mention is the ham radio communications. The fire department's Emergency Communications Services had volunteers monitoring local amateur repeaters day and night, passing along critical first hand condition reports to San Bernardino County Fire's Office of Emergency Services team.”