ARCADIA ( – A relatively dry winter season prompted U.S. Forest Service officials to raise the fire danger level for the Angeles National Forest.

The new designation – which goes into effect on Friday – upgrading the threat of fire risk conditions from “Moderate” to “High” comes as Live Fuel Moisture readings have started to decline, grasses at lower elevations have begun to cure earlier then normal and recent fire activity has increased.

Despite the change, 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.

Click here to check local conditions in the Angeles National Forest or other campground destinations.


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