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Forest fire danger alert raised to 'very high'

August 31, 2011|By Bill Kisliuk, bill.kisliuk@latimes.com

Fire danger at Angeles National Forest is increasing from "high" to "very high" as of Thursday, Sept. 1, when extreme heat is expected to return to the region.

"Very high" is the fourth-highest warning in an alert system that ranges from "low" to "critical."

Despite the change, the U.S. Forest Service is imposing  no new campfire restrictions. Open wood and charcoal fires will still be permitted in developed campgrounds and picnic areas. Visitors must get permits to operate gas and propane-powered stoves and grills in non-developed areas.

Forest visitors are reminded to exercise caution when visiting the forest and maintain a higher level of awareness with the increased fire risk.  Visitors should check spark arrestors (required year-round) on off-road vehicles, chain saws and other equipment with internal-combustion engines to ensure they are in working order.

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Drivers in the forest should also stay on designated roads and never park on dry brush or grass.

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