Angeles National Forest Ending Closure Order September 22nd; Fire Danger Level is Lowered to Extreme

The Angeles National Forest will end its forest closure order tonight at 11:59 pm, a week past the expiration of the California regional closure. Additionally, the forest will lower its fire danger level from Critical to Extreme, which continues to ban any use of any open-flame or certain spark-emitting equipment forest-wide. Other Southern California national forests, Los Padres, San Bernardino, and the Cleveland closures will also expire tonight with modified or updated fire use restrictions.

While the majority of the Angeles National Forest will reopen, a significant part of the forest will remain closed due to the 2020 Bobcat Fire. This closure order has been in place since the fire’s start in Sept. of 2020 and remains in-effect until April of 2022 to allow for the affected area to recover after the 100,000+ acre fire. The Bobcat closure order encompasses popular sites like Chantry Flat Picnic Area, and Buckhorn Campground.

“Several factors led to this decision allowing the closure order to expire,” said Robert T. Heiar, deputy forest supervisor, Angeles National Forest. “Although we remain in EXTREME fire danger conditions, the National and Regional improvement will help to provide the needed firefighting resources to southern California. As the forest remains in EXTREME fire danger conditions it is important to remember that full fire restrictions remain in place.”

More than 7,404 wildfires have burned over 2.25 million acres across all jurisdictions in California. The Angeles National Forest has responded to over 180 wildfires in or around its jurisdictional boundaries. As of Sept. 20, the national preparedness level has been lowered to Preparedness Level 4 (PL4); the Northern California Geographic Area has also lowered to PL4, and the Southern California Geographic Area remains at PL4. The Angeles National Forest continues to monitor conditions on the forest for public and firefighter safety as there continues to be a potential for high intensity fires and large fire growth.

We recognize the important role of the forest in our visitor’s lives and the Angeles National Forest thanks our partners and the public for their cooperation and understanding. Visitors with specific questions regarding the closure expiration or what remains closed are encouraged to call their local Forest Service office or social media pages for more information.

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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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Forest Fire Restoration Program

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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The Angeles National Forest Fuels program mission is to manage fuels at the landscape scale to restore and maintain fire-resilient landscapes that are compatible with their historical fire return interval, a core goal of the Cohesive Strategy.

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