Forest fire-danger level being raised to 'Very High'

Release Date: Aug 12, 2010  

News Release

USDA Forest Service

Angeles National Forest

Contact: Sherry Rollman or John Wagner at 626-574-5208


Forest fire-danger level being raised to 'Very High'

ARCADIA, CA — August 12, 2010,

The Angeles National Forest fire-danger level will be raised from "High" to "Very High" on Sunday, Aug. 15, to enhance public awareness that fire-risk conditions are rising with warmer weather and drier local vegetation.

"Very High" is the fourth in a six-level, graduated fire-danger rating system, shown in the enclosed 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. Gas and propane-powered stoves and grills are permitted in non-developed areas with a state 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 risk of starting a fire.

For more information, please contact Sherry Rollman, public affairs officer; or John D. Wagner, assistant public affairs officer, at (626) 574-5208.


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    Information and News on Fire activity. Fire Information is also available at the Forest Supervisor's Office (626) 574-1613.

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