Is it safe to travel to Big Bear Lake? That is the question on the minds of a lot of would-be tourists this week.
The manhunt for ex-cop Christopher Dorner has generated more than 600 tips, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday. An army of hundreds of investigators are looking at the leads in the intense search for the former LA cop.
A police spokesman told the Times that the search in Big Bear Lake has been scaled back but that they would remain in the mountains until, "we've looked in every nook and cranny."
The Times add that there have been no reported sightings of Dorner in the Big Bear Lake area and that they have no new evidence linking him to the area.
Is it safe to travel to Big Bear Lake?
The Big Bear Lake Resort Association is understandable concerned about the search's impact on tourism. BBLRA issued the following statement Monday afternoon:
MANHUNT DOES NOT EFFECT BUSINESS IN BIG BEAR
Mother Nature Helps Boost Business This Weekend with Fresh Snow
Big Bear Lake, Calif. February 11, 2013 – Today, officials of The Big Bear Lake Resort Association (BBLRA) announced the search for triple-murder suspect Christopher Dorner in Big Bear did not have a significant impact on business this weekend. In fact, Mother Nature helped the cause by delivering 18 inches of fresh snow Friday, February 8 and an additional two inches late Sunday evening. Big Bear Mountain Resorts reported a 15 percent increase this weekend from the previous year, and lodging reservations through the BBLRA central reservations system were even from last year.
“The main topic of discussion from our visitors this past weekend was the excellent snow conditions,” said BBLRA Board President Joyce Reed. “The fresh snow seemed to outweigh police activity in the area.”
BBLRA is grateful for the continued police presence in Big Bear. All roads leading to Big Bear are open, and business in Big Bear remains open as the manhunt for Christopher Dorner continues.