Living In PMC

Here is helpful information about life in the mountains and tips on what to do in the event of an emergency offered by Cal Fire, Kern Fire Safe Council, Los Padres Bear Aware, California Department of Fish and Wildlife and other entities. A reminder that if there is an emergency, it is essential that PMCPOA knows how to contact you: If you do not have current contact information on file with the association or you have not registered for the Members' Login on this website, please notify the Business Office to provide updates right away by calling 242-3788 or by stopping at the front desk during regular business hours.

Here is a fun poster that depicts living in Pine Mountain Club.

Living in PMC poster

Here is an Abbreviated Association Rules Handout (one page), Dec 2022.

Here is the Member Information Packet (May 2022)

New Members Orientation and All Members Meet & Greet

The October 2022 New Members Orientation and Meet & Greet for All Members brought the community out to learn more about all that PMC and the association have to offer. Representatives from clubs, committees, the local school, fitness classes, staff and the Board of Directors were on hand to share information and answer questions. Below are photos from the event, provided by the Communications Committee.

 School rep photoClubs reps Dance Studio Board of Directors members Fitness program rep Governing Documents committee members
Guitar Society reps Communications Committee rep Fire Safe Council rep Women chatting Planning Committee members


Firearms and Hunting

firearms poster

Bears/Wildlife

Here in PMC, we share the mountains with a variety of wildlife. Most of the time, animal encounters are from afar, but bear activity has been on the increase in recent years.

To view the video of the Aug. 21, 2022 Town Hall "Living With Bears," please click here.

January 2023 PMC Bear Updates by Vicky Kraft of Los Padres Bear Aware

At least 11+ Unlocked Vehicles have been entered by bears in January 2023. Continue to keep vehicles locked with no scented items inside, including scented air freshener. Remove child car seats and wash the car seat frequently! There is a vacuum / car wash in Frazier Park and at the Tejon Outlets. Many PMC area bears did not enter torpor in December, nor in January. Bears do not enter torpor when there is food & water available to them. Providing food/water disrupts their natural behavior.
Please check your property: Check crawlspace doors, skirting, vents and underneath low to the ground decking to make sure no bear is residing on your property.
Never store food nor scented items in crawlspaces, sheds & garages. Lock your home doors, garages & sheds; do not leave them unlocked. Bears can open unlocked doors.

November 2022 PMC Bear Updates by Vicky Kraft of Los Padres Bear Aware

Most bears typically enter torpor AFTER Dec. 20. Some bears remain wandering PMC even during winter.
Please check your property - check crawlspace doors, skirting, vents and underneath low to the ground decking to make sure no bear is residing on your property. Continue to keep vehicles locked with no scented items inside, including scented air freshener. Remove child car seats and wash the car seat frequently! There is a vacuum/car wash in Frazier Park and at the Tejon Outlets. Never store food nor scented items in crawlspaces, sheds & garages. Lock your home doors, garages and sheds - do not leave them unlocked. Bears can open unlocked doors.

Bear Facts as of October 2022, as reported by Vicky Kraft of Los Padres Bear Aware.

(The photos below are of bears in PMC and some of the damage they have caused.)

  • 19 BEARS ARE ACTIVE IN PMC -- We have a lot of young bears.

  • VEHICLES -- 179+ vehicles with bears inside. Lock vehicles 24/7. Never leave your vehicle windows “cracked open.” Keep your vehicle windows up all the way. Vacuum and clean out your vehicles. Bears entered over 118+ unlocked vehicles in 2021.

HOMES -- 289+ entries into homes, garages, crawl spaces or sheds by bears have been reported in 2022. 185+ homes, garages, crawl spaces or sheds were entered by bears in 2021. NO FOOD, NO TRASH, NO PET FOOD, no SCENTED items, etc. EVER in any garage, shed, crawl space or outside area.

Bear on property Damage to garage by bear Vent pulled out by bear Shed damage by bear

Most bear damage is occurring via the following actions:

  • UNLOCKED VEHICLES -- Three full-time owners’ cars have been totaled because the bear got trapped inside when the door shut on the bear as it moved around inside the vehicle. Clean out your vehicles and lock the doors 24/7. Clean out scented items from RVs.

  • UNLOCKED FRONT DOORS -- We have several bears who can depress the lever of a front door or the door between the garage and kitchen. The bears gain access by opening the door to then strut to the kitchen.

  • LOW OPEN WINDOWS TO A SCREEN -- Any window under 8 feet is easy access for a bear. Open windows must not have anything underneath them including decking, railings, lawn furniture, storage containers, thick siding or thick window trim on a window below the open window, etc.

  • GARAGES -- Never store any food or scented items in garages. No trash, no pet food, no bird food, no fertilizer with blood meal, no scented items, no recyclables, etc. Bears realize no people reside inside garages to scare them away. Bears can smell refrigerators and freezers.

  • SHEDS -- Never store any food-related items: no trash, no pet food, no bird food, no fertilizer with blood meal, no recyclables, no scented items, etc. in sheds. Bears realize no people reside inside sheds to scare them away.

  • CRAWL SPACES -- A few bears are removing vents on homes where crawl spaces or basements are. Check your house by walking your property. No food, no pet food, no bird food, no scented items, no trash or recycles in a crawl space.

Bear by shed Bear on deck railing Bear poop in a car Car damaged by bear

Click Here for Safety Measures

LOS PADRES BEAR AWARE – To view photos, videos or to read bear information, you do not need a Facebook account. Visit Los Padres Bear Aware here: https://www.facebook.com/Los-Padres-BEAR-Aware-176841945709816

For free help with bear issues, call Vicky at 661-242-6988.

Bear resting on a rock Bear by house bear crossing street Dead bear by side of road Young bear in brush

Do Not Feed The Bears!

This is an important reminder that it is essential you do not feed the bears. Remember, a fed bear is a dead bear! When bears come into town looking for human and pet food, they become habituated, and more aggressive. They break into homes and confront humans. Many of these bears will wind up getting shot.

It is essential that you haul your garbage to the Transfer Site as often as possible, and never leave human or dog food outside or even near an open window inside. Here are tips offered by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife on how to safely live in bear country. Please take them seriously; the safety of the residents, pets and bears of the PMC community depend upon it.

Additional Information about Stashing Your Food and Trash

California Mountain Lions

More than half of California is mountain lion habitat, including the PMC area. Mountain Lions generally exist wherever deer are found. They are solitary and elusive, and their nature is to avoid humans. Some people think there are more mountain lions these days, but that’s not necessarily true. They are just being seen on people’s home security cameras doing what they do – prowling and hunting at night.

mountain lion photo

To read an article about living in mountain lion country, please click here.


Fire

Kern Fire Safe Council: www.kernfiresafe.org

Please click here to view the Kern County Fire Dept. Fire Hazard Reduction Program Notice to Abate Fire Hazard flyer.

Ready Kern Notification System
To sign up for Ready Kern, Kern County's emergency notification system, please visit www.ReadyKern.com or the express sign-up page here.

Wildfire is always a concern in mountain communities, and Pine Mountain is no exception. It is crucial that all residents and visitors take care to follow fire safety guidelines, and be aware that no fireworks of any kind are allowed in PMC and the surrounding forest.

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Photo of a forest fire

Hazard reduction is required by early June each year for all property owners. Fire Department personnel inspect properties, and those found to be in violation are issued a $500 citation.

The owner of the property is given 15 days from the mailing date of the citation to either dispute the citation or show proof the violation was corrected. For more information about this requirement, visit www.kerncountyfire.org to view the Hazard Reduction Guidelines.

As Cal Fire reminds on its website, “Creating defensible space is essential to improving your home’s chance of surviving a wildfire. It’s the buffer you create between a building on your property and the grass, trees, shrubs, or any wildland area that surrounds it. This space is needed to slow or stop the spread of wildfire and it protects your home from catching fire—either from direct flame contact or radiant heat. Defensible space is also important for the protection of the firefighters defending your home.”

To view safety tips provided by PMCPOA’s Emergency Preparedness Committee on how to protect your home, please click here.

Evacuation Tips from Cal Fire: www.fire.ca.gov

Evacuations save lives and allow responding personnel to focus on the emergency at hand. Please evacuate promptly when requested! Click here to read the article.

Christmas Tree and Holiday Décor Safety Tips

To read an article about Christmas tree and holiday decor safety tips by PMCPOA Director Peggy Hoyt-Voelker from the Cal Fire Website, please click here.

Electrical Safety Article
To read an article about electrical safety, please click here.

Chimney Fire Safety Article
To read an article about chimney fire safety, please click here.

Home Heating Fire Safety Article
To read an article about home heating fire safety, please click here.


Winter Weather

Winter weather and snowy conditions are common in Pine Mountain Club, and the time to get prepared for winter storms is before they happen.

Snow Plowing

To view a page with snow plowing operations information, including a plowing status map that updates every five minutes, please click here.


PMCPOA Radio Station AM 1610

During inclement weather when the power stays on, you can tune into PMCPOA’s radio station, AM 1610, for regular updates, or call 242-3857 after hours for current conditions. The radio station is updated every night around 3-4 a.m. with current weather and road conditions, and more often if we are having a snowstorm because the situation can change quickly. It’s a good idea to keep a transistor radio in the house that operates on batteries in case of a power outage.

photo of snowy scene

Winter Weather Preparation

FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) offers advice in being prepared for winter weather before it strikes.
Read the article here.

Familiarize yourself with the terms that are used to identify winter weather.
Read the article here.

Home Heating Safety Tips by CAL FIRE

When the days get shorter, the outside temperature is lower, and it starts to get cold, icy and snowy, winter weather brings a change in season and a time to think about home-heating safety. Did you know that heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fires and home fire deaths? With a few simple safety tips and precautions, you can prevent most heating fires from happening.

CAL FIRE offers fire safety tips to encourage safety and warmth.
Read the article here.

 Dress for the Weather

If you must go outside during a storm or very cold weather, wear several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. The outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent. Wear mittens, which are warmer than gloves, and wear a hat. Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs

Winter Driving

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The roads in PMC and surrounding areas can get quite icy during the winter.

The best advice for driving in bad winter weather is not to drive at all, if you can avoid it. Don’t go out until the snow plows and sanding trucks have had a chance to do their work, and allow yourself extra time to reach your destination. If you must drive in snowy conditions, make sure your car is prepared, and that you know how to handle road conditions.

It’s helpful to practice winter driving techniques in a snowy, open parking lot, so you’re familiar with how your car handles. Consult your owner’s manual for tips specific to your vehicle.

Here are driving tips offered by the National Safety Council.

Using Wireless Devices in Emergency Situations

Emergency preparedness is key to getting through a disaster when it happens. Part of this planning should include a wireless communications device, which can add capabilities to help you get through an emergency. It’s not uncommon for the power to go out in PMC. When it does, a wireless device can help. Here are tips.

Clubhouse Serves as Shelter During Storms and Power Outages

During severe weather, the PMCPOA Clubhouse remains open 24/7 in the event of the power going out. PMCPOA has an emergency generator that provides power immediately upon an outage, so the Clubhouse stays warm and lit. You can bring sleeping bags and games, and hunker down during the storm until the power comes back on. (No pets please; and a note that PMCPOA cannot provide transport to the Clubhouse.)