Fire danger rating lowered across the forest

ARCADIA, Calif. — Effective today Fire Management on the Angeles National Forest and San Gabriel Mountains National Monument have lowered the Fire Danger level from “Very High” to "High”.

For the first time since early January, the forest has received near to above normal precipitation amounts across the forest. This precipitation has resulted in a decline of fire activity and an increase in fuel moisture levels on the Angeles National Forest. This has prompted fire managers to lower the fire danger level. Angeles’ Fire Chief Robert Garcia said “This change in fire danger is in the best interest of the public we serve and will assure appropriate restrictions on the forest. We will continue to assess fire danger in the coming months and modify restriction 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 equipment and personnel needs. 

Fire Restrictions include:

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

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

  • Spark arrestors (required year-round) should be checked to make sure they are in good working order on all off-road vehicles, chain saws and other equipment with internal combustion engines.

  • Smoking, except within an 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.

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