Angeles National Forest Fire Conditions

Fire Restrictions on the Angeles National Forest

Fire Use Restrictions on the Angeles are determined by a graduated system that becomes more restrictive as fire danger levels increase. The 'High' fire danger level is the third in a six-level graduated rating system which is used by the Angeles as a tool to convey current fire danger levels to forest visitors. These levels each convey an intended use restriction to inform people of the limits of fire use under the cumulative fire danger for the forest. A variety of criteria is used to determine when the level should be increased including vegetation moisture, weather conditions and firefighting staffing/equipment needs.

Fire Danger Levels


  • No Fireworks
  • No shooting of tracer, armor piercing, steel core, or Teflon ammunition.
  • Welding, grinding, cutting and use of explosives only with proper permit.
  • Spark arrestors are required on off-highway vehicles, chainsaws, and other equipment.
  • Wood and charcoal fires in designated sites only, in agency-provided campfire rings and stoves.
  • Gas and petroleum jelly stoves only outside of designated sites with a valid California Campfire Permit.
  • Smoking in enclosed vehicles, developed recreation sites, or areas cleared 3-foot in diameter.


  • All previous restrictions apply.
  • Certain geographic areas may be closed due to special circumstances.


  • All previous restrictions apply.
  • Additional geographic areas may be closed due to special circumstances.

Very High

  • All previous restrictions apply.
  • Additional geographic areas may be closed due to special circumstances.


  • All previous restrictions apply.
  • Smoking only in enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material.
  • Selected recreation areas and facilities are subject to closure.
  • Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire is prohibited.
  • Forest Supervisor may designate locations with special circumstances where dispersed recreation and/or day use can be allowed. Contact the District Office for more information.


  • Entry into the Angeles National Forest is restricted to state and county highways. All Forest Service sites are closed during these times, EXCEPT ranger stations, fire stations, and the headquarter's office.
  • The Forest Supervisor may designate areas or certain developed sites to be open.

Please remember to observe fire safety measures!

Dry summers, steep slopes, and dense vegetation make wildfires a constant threat to National Forests, especially during the hot summer months. Wildfires destroy trees and hillside vegetation, endanger lives and property, and damage vital watersheds. Your help is needed to preserve these valuable lands from the ravages of wildfire.

Smokey BearPlease help protect the forest by checking with your local Forest Service office for current regulations and by observing fire-safety measures during your visit.