Fire Safety Information to Keep Our Forests Healthy and Your Property Safe

Bark Beetle Emergency Outreach Program

The strategic removal of green vegetation helps reduce the fire danger and create a more park-like environment.

The strategic removal of green vegetation helps reduce the fire danger and create a more park-like environment.

In November 2006, San Bernardino County officials launched a two-year program designed to urge property owners in the San Bernardino Mountains to thin the trees and vegetation on their property to help make the forest more fire-safe.


The focus of the program is to inform property owners of the need to remove not just dead and diseased trees but certain live trees and vegetation from their property to gain an upper hand on the bark beetle infestation and reduce the risk of devastating wild fires like the Grand Prix and Old fires in 2003.


The program is being designed and implemented by the public relations firm Cook & Schmid, under a contract approved by the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Nov. 7, 2006.



MAST members have removed more than 1.5 million dead or diseased trees

MAST members have removed more than 1.5 million dead or diseased trees.

Tree Removal

Dead and dying trees pose an extreme fire danger, and members of MAST began removing these trees under state and federal grants, including a $70 million grant from the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service. At the height of the program, Southern California Edison contractors were taking out 650 trees a day. Since 2004, MAST members have removed more than 1.5 million dead or dying trees, and more are being taken out every day.


Shift in Focus

The focus of MAST has expanded to include the strategic removal of green vegetation and thinning live trees in densely wooded areas. Although MAST will continue removing dead trees through the end of 2008, property owners also are being informed of the need to thin the live trees and vegetation on their property to gain an upper hand on the bark beetle infestation and reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires.


Green vegetation removal and the tree thinning program will ultimately save property, homes and lives in the San Bernardino Mountains.


A follow-up survey at the end of the campaign documented and quantified the success of the program. Awareness and knowledge about fire safety measures increased significantly. Most importantly, the survey showed that more people had taken action to protect their properties from wildfire.

Survey results:

Program Components:


Newsletter

   

Calendar

MAST Outreach Calendar

   

Posters

  • San Bernardino Mountains (large) - fire safety, healthy forest and emergency planning
    (available from fire protection agencies)
  • San Bernardino Mountains (small) - fire safety and emergency planning
San Bernardino Mountains Poster
   

MAST Fire Safety Brochure

(English and Español)

  • MAST: Serving the Mountain Area
  • Creating Defensible Space
  • Healthy Forest Initiatives
     
MAST Fire Safety Brochure

 

   

Fire Smart Visitor's Brochure
(English and Español)

  • Fire Safety Tips
  • MAST: Serving the Mountain Area
  • Emergency Routes
  • Emergency Alert Radio Stations
Fire Smart Visitor's Brochure
   

 

Emergency Response Fold-Out Map and Information

  • Emergency Routes
  • Emergency Alert Radio Stations
   

 


Working together, we can prevent catastrophic wildfires.