With vegetation drying out and warmer temperatures bearing down on the Southland, officials today raised the fire threat level for Angeles National Forest to “very high.”
U.S. Forest Service officials are asking the more than 1 million people who are expected to visit Angeles National Forest “to use common sense'' and be aware of the increased risks of sparking a fire.
Open wood and charcoal fires will only be allowed in developed campgrounds and picnic areas where fire rings and grills are available. Gas and propane-powered stoves and grills are permitted in backcountry areas with a free California Campfire Permit, according to the Forest Service.
The fire danger warning comes as weather forecasters warn of triple-digit temperatures this week.
Forecasters believe Woodland Hills will see some of the warmest weather in the area, with temperatures hovering around 100 degrees throughout the week, weather specialist Stuart Seto told The Times.
On Tuesday and Wednesday — the days anticipated to be the hottest of the heat wave — Woodland Hills could see 102-degree weather.