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SBSD - Yucaipa Police Department
Monday December 31st, 2018 :: 12:03 p.m. PST


Forest Falls - visitors to mountain communities are reminded of traffic laws and trespassing onto private property

DATE/TIME: 12/25/2018 - 12/31/2018

INCIDENT: Traffic and Trespassing Issues in Forest Falls

LOCATION: Forest Falls

SUMMARY: Every winter when snow falls in the area mountain communities, thousands of people flock into Forest Falls, Angelus Oaks and the surrounding areas to play in the snow and enjoy the beauty of mountain winter.

This year’s first significant snowfall, on Christmas Day, led to the usual influx of visitors in our mountain communities and the associated traffic and trespassing concerns from residents. In the days that followed, the Yucaipa Station assigned deputies and citizen volunteers to Forest Falls and the surrounding mountain areas to help address and alleviate any criminal concerns in the area. While traffic enforcement and parking problems fall primarily on the California Highway Patrol (CHP) in the unincorporated mountain communities, our deputies also help to address these concerns as time permits.

Between December 25 and December 30, Yucaipa Station deputies and volunteers handled over 30 calls in the Forest Falls area, with the most common concerns being trespassing on private property, traffic safety concerns and illegal parking issues. While most people parked in prohibited areas moved when asked, deputies did issue 10 citations for parking violations and towed two vehicles that were not moved from prohibited areas.

When travelling to the mountains – or any community – always respect private property and the area residents. Almost all of the open land in and around Forest Falls is private property. If you don’t have specific permission to be on land, and if you aren’t sure it’s public land, don’t go there. Follow the rules of the road and park only where it is safe and legal to do so. There is extremely limited parking available in Forest Falls. Vehicles that are blocking the roadway or private driveways, or are parked in prohibited areas, are subject to citation and removal. As we move through the winter, the Yucaipa Station and our law enforcement partners will be increasing our presence in the mountain communities and stepping up enforcement of observed violations.

While we want everyone to enjoy the beauty and fun of our mountain communities, we ask that you do so in a manner that respects the rights and privileges of residents and others.

Refer: Lt. James Porter

Station: Yucaipa Station

Phone No. 909-918-2305

JOHN McMAHON, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

SBSD - Yucaipa Police Department
34144 Yucaipa Blvd
Yucaipa, CA 92399

Emergency: 9-1-1

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