Angeles National Forest Closes Area Due to Lake Fire

ARCADIA, California – Due to the actively burning Lake Fire near the Lake Hughes community, Angeles National Forest officials signed a closure order restricting public access for public safety and resource protection. Closure 05-01-20-06 was signed Aug. 13 and will remain in effect until Dec. 31, 2020.

“For the safety of our firefighters and our visitors, we must close this section of the Angeles National Forest for a time,” said Rachel Smith, Angeles National Forest Deputy Forest Supervisor. Once full containment on the Lake Fire is achieved, the order will give the Burned Area Emergency Response Team (BAER) a chance to reduce erosion, flooding, and mudslide potential.”

“Closing an area is never an easy choice. However, it is our responsibility to continue to protect our communities before and after the fire as well as heal the land as quickly as possible,” Smith explained.

Cottonwood, Spunky Canyon, and Sawmill-Liebre campgrounds are within the closure area. Additionally, a small section of the Pacific Crest Trail will be affected by this order.  A copy of the closure order and map can be found on the Angeles National Forest’s Alerts and Notices webpage