The lack of significant winter rain and the robust amount of tall dry grass has prompted the Angeles National Forest to raise its Fire Danger Level from “Moderate” to “High” effective Friday, April 26.
The new designation is to enhance public awareness that fire-risk conditions are intensifying. The Live Fuel Moisture readings have started to decline, grasses at lower elevations have begun to cure earlier then normal and recent fire activity has increased.
The designation of “High” is the third in a six-level, graduated fire-danger rating system, shown in the below graphic. Factors determining the levels include vegetation-moisture levels, weather conditions and available firefighting resources.
Despite the change, there are no new campfire restrictions. Open wood and charcoal fires will still be permitted in approved “developed” campgrounds and picnic areas. Propane or jelled gas stoves and grills are permitted in non-developed areas with a valid California Campfire Permit.
Forest visitors should check spark arrestors (required year-round) on off-road vehicles, chain saws and other equipment with internal-combustion engines to ensure they are in working order. Drivers in the forest should stay on designated roads and never park on dry brush or grass, to avoid the risk of starting a fire.
“Know Before You Go” to the Angeles National Forest. Find out about local conditions at your destination prior to leaving by visiting us online at: http://fsweb.angeles.r5.fs.fed.us/