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June 18th, 2009 by Temple City Tribune
The Fire Danger Level on the Angeles National Forest is being raised from “Moderate” to “High,” effective May 17, 2009, as warm temperatures continue to dry out vegetation and the forest prepares for an increase in visitation.
Despite the change, there are no new campfire restrictions. Open wood and charcoal fires will still be permitted in developed campgrounds and picnic areas only. Gas and propane powered stoves and grills are permitted in non-developed areas 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. Travelers driving through the Forest should remain on designated roads and never park on dry brush or grass.
The “High” fire danger level is the third in a six-level, graduated fire danger rating system. A variety of factors determine the level, including the moisture in vegetation, weather conditions and firefighting equipment needs due to regional and national fire activity.