ARCADIA (CNS) – The fire-danger level in the Angeles National Forest was raised today from “moderate” to “high” because of a lack of significant winter rain and a large amount of tall dry grass, authorities said.
“The new designation is to enhance public awareness that fire-risk conditions are intensifying,” a statement from the U.S. Forest Service said. “The vegetation-moisture readings have started to decline, grasses at lower elevations have begun to cure earlier than normal, and recent fire activity has increased.”
The designation of “high” is the third in a six-level, graduated fire- danger rating system.
However, despite the change in fire danger level, there are no new campfire restrictions, the forest service said.
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.