This Sunday, July 12th, the Angeles National Forest will raise the level of Fire Danger from High to Very High – the fourth in a six-tiered fire danger scale.

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Since the fire danger level was set at High on May 17th, there have been 79 fires in the Angeles National Forest. And although it’s not in the borders of the ANF, I’m sure you probably noticed the recent brush fire near the Getty Center, which shut down the museum and the 405 for some time this week.

Open wood and charcoal fires are now only permitted in developed campgrounds and picnic areas where fire rings or cooking grills are provided. If you’re in the backcountry, gas and propane stoves are ok, as long as you get a California Campfire Permit, which are available at almost every ranger station, fire station, and visitor’s center in the National Forest for no charge.

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