Fire danger level reduced to Very High


ARCADIA, Calif. – Fire Management officials on the Angeles National Forest and San Gabriel Mountains National Monument have downgraded the fire danger level from "Extreme" to "Very High".

The change is a result of recent rain bringing much needed precipitation to Southern California. Fire activity in the region has decreased and fuel moisture levels across the forest have increased to a point where fire managers feel confident in lowering the fire danger level. Forest visitors will be able to use campfires, BBQ’s, camp stoves and lanterns within designated campgrounds and picnic areas. Angeles National Forest’s Fire Chief Robert Garcia said "We will continue to assess fire danger in the coming months and modify restrictions as needed."

Fire restrictions on the Angeles National Forest are determined by a graduated system that becomes more restrictive as fire danger levels increase, and less restrictive as conditions improve. The "Low" fire danger level is the lowest level of a six-level, graduated fire danger rating system. A variety of factors determine the level, including the moisture in vegetation, weather conditions and nationwide firefighting resource needs.

Fire Restrictions include:

Wood or charcoal fires are allowed only in developed campgrounds and developed picnics areas within provided fire rings.

 White gas, jellied or propane-type camp stoves and lanterns used outside of developed recreation sites are permitted with a valid California Campfire Permit.

 Smoking is limited to enclosed vehicles and developed recreation sites.

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