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Fire-Danger Level Raised to Very High

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June 26, 2015 11:28AM
ARCADIA, Calif. – Fire activity throughout the region, coupled with drought starved vegetation, has prompted the Angeles National Forest and San Gabriel Mountains National Monument to raise its Fire Danger Level from “High” to “Very High” effective Friday, June 26.

Live fuel moisture levels continue to drop across the forest and monument creating the possibility that any new ignitions have the potential for rapid fire growth and active burning. The forest will augment its initial attack response level during periods of above normal temperatures, low relative humidity or red flag days.

“At this time, local fuel moisture levels closely resemble those which are normally seen later in the summer and are highly susceptible to fire,” said Fire Chief Robert Garcia. “With every fire start, we have the potential for large fire growth, not just on red flag days.”

All previous fire restrictions apply and temporary closures may occur due to fire probability or activity. Restrictions include but are not limited to; open wood and charcoal fires are only permitted in approved “developed” campgrounds and picnic areas where a steel ring or stoves are provided. Propane or jelled gas stoves and grills are permitted in non-developed areas with a valid California Campfire Permit. Smoking is allowed in enclosed vehicles or developed recreation sites only. See our website for all restrictions.

All fireworks are prohibited on national forest lands. Fire & law enforcement officials want to remind visitors that the possession or use of all fireworks, even those deemed “safe and sane” are prohibited on national forest system lands. Violation of this law is punishable as a misdemeanor by a fine of not more than $5.000 or imprisonment of not more than six months, or both. Human-caused wildfires, witch damage natural resources, threaten lives and property, and account for 94 percent of all wildfires on the Angeles National Forest and San Gabriel Mountains National Monument.
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Fire-Danger Level Raised to Very High

Rick965June 26, 2015 11:28AM



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