Fire restrictions on the Angeles National Forest will be downgraded from “Very High” to “High” as of today. The change is a result of recent rain and cooler temperatures throughout the southland.
“Although we are lowering the Fire Danger level we ask that everyone remain cautious because even with snow visible in the high country, the vegetation in the lower foothills are still susceptible to fire,” said James Hall, acting Fire Chief for the forest.
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Fire restrictions on the Angeles National Forest are determined by a graduated system that becomes more restrictive as fire danger levels increase and decrease when the conditions change.
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 with a valid California Campfire Permit.
- 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.
- Fireworks are prohibited on Angeles National Forest.
- Discharge of firearms is prohibited on the Forest except for the purpose of hunting during the designated hunting season as established by the California Department of Fish and Game.
- Target shooting is only allowed within designated areas on the Forest. Steel core ammunition; armor piercing ammunition; and tracer ammunition are never allowed on the Angeles.
- Smoking is limited to enclosed vehicles, developed recreation sites.
- Welding, grinding, and cutting allowed only with a permit.
The Angeles website can be accessed by searching for the phrase “Angeles National Forest - Home”