According to the U.S. Forest Service, on August 15, the Angeles National Forest fire-danger level will be raised to “Very High” due to the warmer weather and drier local vegetation.
“Very High” is the fourth in a six-level rating system, ranging from “Low” to “Critical.” The Forest Service determines the ratings by inspecting vegetation-moisture levels, weather conditions and available firefighting resources.
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Despite the change, there are no new campfire restrictions. Open wood and charcoal fires will still be permitted in approved “developed” campgrounds and picnic areas. Gas and propane-powered stoves and grills are permitted in non-developed areas with a state Campfire Permit.
Forest visitors should check spark arrestors (required year-round) on off-road vehicles, chain saws and other equipment with internal-combustion engines to ensure they are in working order. Drivers in the forest should stay on designated roads and never park on dry brush or grass, to avoid risk of starting a fire.
Given the heat wave that is expected to spread through inland areas, campers should remain alert. The National Weather Service is predicting triple-digit temperatures from Sunday and extending into next week across portions of Los Angeles County mountains, deserts and interior valleys.