National Forest Fire Danger to Very High
Rain, Snow Lowers Angeles National Forest Fire Danger To ‘Very High’
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Recent rain and snow in the Angeles National Forest lowered the fire danger to “very high” from “extreme,” officials said Monday.
This change is expected to allow areas previously closed due to the extreme rating to reopen. However, “Very High” fire restrictions still apply, including no use of campfires, camp stoves, or BBQs throughout the forest, according to Angeles National Forest officials.
These restrictions are set to be reevaluated in the coming weeks as we see moisture levels increase through further precipitation, according to the ANF.
“Although these recent rains have brought much needed relief, it will take a series of winter storms to bring the forest’s fuel levels out of critical moisture levels,” said Robert Garcia, fire chief of the Angeles National Forest.
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, according to the ANF.
The “low” fire danger level is the lowest 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 resource needs, according to officials.
Current fire restrictions include:
- Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire or stove fire outside of a developed recreation site.
- 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 materials.
- Welding, or operating an acetylene torch or any torch with an open flame.
- Discharging a firearm, air rifle or gas gun, except in authorized public shooting ranges.
For more information on the Angeles National Forest visit their website here.