Forest Service Closes National Forests in Pacific Southwest Region

Angeles National Forest to remain closed to the public until September 22

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Angeles National Forest officials today announced the current forest-wide emergency closure order has been extended till midnight of Sept. 22. The Angeles, Cleveland, and San Bernardino National Forests are also extending their forest-wide closures through Sept. 22. Moreover, conditions on the forest have prompted Angeles forest fire managers to increase the fire danger level from Extreme to Critical. New fires continue to occur and major incidents have the potential to exhaust all resources. This increase in the fire danger will necessitate the need to restrict access to the national forest for non-essential activities.

Through this order we hope to minimize the likelihood that visitors could become entrapped during an emergency and decrease the potential for new fire starts at a time of extremely limited firefighting resources. Severe and persistent drought due to hot and dry weather has led to rapid growth and increasingly unpredictable fire behavior across Northern California with no relief expected until late fall. Southern California remains in drought conditions and the National Interagency Fire Center predicts that “above normal significant fire potential” will continue across Southern California through September and into October as “very dry conditions are expected to continue along with the start of the Santa Ana wind season.”

“Once our resources return from fighting Northern California fires, we’ll be able to re-evaluate fire danger conditions for reopening the forest,” said Robert Garcia, fire chief, Angeles National Forest.

The Regional Order that closed public access to all national forests in California through Sept. 17 will be rescinded tonight at midnight. Due to ongoing high fire danger and active wildfires across the West, the Southern California national forests will remain closed for another week to better provide for public and firefighter safety.

Currently, there are 11 large uncontained fires burning on National Forest System lands statewide, and there are more than 15,000 personnel, 303 crews, and 1,113 engines committed to fire fighting in California. This closure order is intended to reduce the likelihood of a new fire start over the next week.

Angeles National Forest Road Closures

In response to the Emergency Forest Closure of the Angeles National Forest, We have with our cooperators have placed road closures at the following locations:

  • CA-HWY 2 at Clear Creek
  • CA-HWY 2 at Big Pines
  • CA-HWY 39 near Gateway Center
  • Golden State Highway at I-5
  • Old Ridge Route at 138
  • Upper Big Tujunga at CA-HWY 2 and at Angeles Forest Highway
  • Glendora Mt. Road and Glendora Ridge Road
  • San Dimas Canyon Road

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Outdoor recreation can be beneficial for your health but must be practiced safely. Please avoid visiting national forests if you are sick and/or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Follow CDC guidance on personal hygiene and social distancing before and during your visit to the forest.

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Please visit us at https://www.fs.usda.gov/r5 and access our forest maps at https://www.fs.fed.us/ivm/. If you need immediate assistance or have any questions, please call 747-322-6574.

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Esta oficina se ha cambiado a servicios virtuales. Por favor visítenos por el internet en https://www.fs.usda.gov/r5 y acceda los mapas de nuestros bosques en https://www.fs.fed.us/ivm. Si necesita atención inmediata o tiene alguna pregunta, por favor llame al 747-322-6574.

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The Angeles National Forest is located within one of the driest, most fire-prone areas in the United States – where human-caused wildland fires are becoming larger and more frequent - significantly damaging natural resources as well as the important human infrastructure on these invaluable public lands.

Not all areas and resources impacted by these fires will recover naturally, so forest managers and partners have launched a number of restoration efforts intended to produce ecosystems that are able to adapt and thrive over time. Projects located within the areas burned by the Copper Fire (2002), Ranch Fire (2007), and Sayre Fire (2008) focus on forest or upland vegetation and stream or riparian ecosystem restoration, sensitive wildlife species management, infrastructure improvements, and other beneficial projects.

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