With warmer weather and relative humidity expected to be in the single digits, the Angeles National Forest is raising its fire danger level from “low” to “high” effective Sunday, May 8.
The new designation is to enhance public awareness that fire risk conditions are increasing as temperatures rise and forest grasses dry out. The Live Fuel Moisture readings have started to decline, grasses at lower elevations have begun to cure and recent fire activity has increased.
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The ANF has taken this step to enhance public awareness as visitation increases. High is the third in a six-level, graduated fire danger rating system.
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. Propane or jelled gas stoves and grills are permitted in non-developed areas with a valid California 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 the risk of starting a firew.
“Know before you go” is the credo of the forest. Find out about local conditions at your destination prior to leaving by visiting us online at www.fs.fed.us/r5/angeles.