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California Briefing / Los Angeles

Fire threat rising in Angeles National Forest

July 11, 2009|Ruben Vives

Beginning Sunday, the fire danger level in the Angeles National Forest will be raised from high to very high, authorities said Friday.

The change comes as summer weather continues to dry out vegetation and the region experiences an increase in fire activity, said Stanton Florea, a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service.

Firefighters have responded to 79 wildfires in and around the forest since May 17, when the level was raised from moderate to high.

Open wood and charcoal fires will be permitted only in developed campground and picnic areas, where fire rings and grills are located. A campfire permit will be required for those who want to use gas or propane stoves and grills in backcountry areas. Permits can be obtained at all U.S. Forest Service offices and most visitor centers and fire stations.

-- Ruben Vives

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