The Angeles National Forest will end its forest closure order September 22 at 11:59 pm. Additionally, the forest will lower its fire danger level from Critical to Extreme, which continues to ban any use of any open-flame or certain spark-emitting equipment forest-wide. This means both the Sky High Disc Golf Course and the North Lodge Grill & Pub will be open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays for the remainder of the year. Factors leading to this decision include:
- Weather conditions have improved throughout much of the state.
- Containment of the large fires in northern CA has significantly improved leading to improved resource availability.
- Preparedness levels are improving in all west coast GACCs and nationally.
- Following the current offshore wind event, weather in SoCal is predicted to improve.
More than 7,404 wildfires have burned over 2.25 million acres across all jurisdictions in California. The Angeles National Forest has responded to over 180 wildfires in or around its jurisdictional boundaries. As of Sept. 20, the national preparedness level has been lowered to Preparedness Level 4 (PL4) and the Northern California Geographic Area has also lowered to PL4. Although we remain in EXTREME fire danger conditions, the National and Regional improvement will help to provide the needed firefighting resources to southern California. As the forest remains in EXTREME fire danger conditions it is important to remember that full fire restrictions remain in place.
The Angeles National Forest thanks you for your cooperation and understanding. Visitors with specific questions regarding the closure expiration or what remains closed are encouraged to call their local Forest Service office, visit their website, or social media pages for more information.