Above normal temperatures coupled with unusually dry vegetation have prompted the Angeles National Forest to raise its Fire Danger Level from “High” to “Very High” effective Tuesday, July 2.
The Forest has taken this step to enhance public awareness that fire-risk conditions are increasing as temperatures rise, forest grasses and brush dry out. The Live Fuel Moisture readings have been declining, grasses at lower elevations have cured and recent fire activity has increased in and around the forest.
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 where a steel ring or stoves are provided. Propane or jelled gas stoves and grills are permitted in non-developed areas with a valid California Campfire Permit. Smoking allowed in enclosed vehicles or developed recreation sites only.
All fireworks are prohibited on national forest lands. 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. The majority of all wildfires on the Angeles are human caused.