The current fire hazard level is: VERY HIGH

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Fire conditions as of 28/Dec/2015: VERY HIGH.

Very High

Fire conditions can change at any time!

For current fire conditions of specific locations within the Angeles National Forest please call (626) 574-5200 before you go.

For information within the Cleveland National Forest call (858) 673-6180.

For information within the San Bernardino National Forest call (909) 382-2600

For information within the Los Padres National Forest call (805) 968-6640

Ground fires anywhere along the Highway and its associated parking areas, picknic areas, river waterways and canyons is strictly forbidden. Gas stoves and Coleman stoves are permitted in areas that are clearly marked.

One of the major police enforcement efforts in the canyons and river waterways along the highway is the policing of fires. Setting ground fires anywhere in the area often results in arrests and criminal prosecution, complete with financial punishments and towed vehicles.

In the Crystal Lake camping grounds, fires are permitted only within the metal fire rings and free-standing BBQ boxes located at most camp sites.

The closest fire station that's operating is at the Rincon Fire Station some 13 miles down the highway.

Fire Hazards

Fire Danger Levels

Low:

  • No fireworks
  • No shooting or tracer, armor piercing, steel core, or Teflon® ammunition
  • Welding, grinding, cutting, and use of explosives only with the proper permits
  • Spark arrestors are required on off-highway vehicles, chainsaws, and other equipment
  • Wood and charcoal fires are permitted in designated sites only: in agency-provided campfire rings and stoves.
  • Gas and petroleum jelly stoves are only permitted outside of designated sites with a valid California Campfire Permit.
  • Smoking in enclosed vehicles, developed recreational sites or areas cleared 3-foot diameter.

Moderate:

  • All previous restrictions apply
  • Certain geographic areas may be closed due to special circumstances

High:

  • All previous restrictions apply
  • Additional geographic areas may be closed due to special circumstances

Very High:

  • All previous restrictions apply
  • Additional geographic areas may be closed due to special circumstances

Extreme:

  • All previous restrictions apply
  • Smoking permitted only within vehicles or buildings
  • Entry into the National Forest is restricted to certain developed sites. Those sites will typically be within 1/4 mile of State or County highways.
  • Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, camp fire, or stove is strictly prohibited
  • Forest Supervisor may designate locations with special circumstances where dispersed recreation and/or day use can be allowed. Contact the San Gabriel River Ranger District Office for more information.

Critical:

  • Entry into the Angeles National Forest is restricted to State and County highways (where open.) All Forest Service sites are closed during those times EXCEPT for ranger stations, fire stations, and supervisor offices.
  • The Forest Supervisor may designate areas at certain developed sites to be open.

To report an arsonist call: 1-800-468-4408

To report a fire call 911

Site map is at: Crystal Lake site map
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