December showers that prompted fears of debris flow damage in hillside neighborhoods below Station fire burn areas have also significantly lowered the risk of wildfire for the Angeles National Forest.
For the first time since last January, U.S. Forest Service officials on Friday downgraded the Angeles National Forest's fire danger level from "high" to the lowest level possible.
While staffing and the availability of firefighting resources tend to be factors in setting fire danger levels, the primary reason for the reduced risk level is that forest lands are simply soaked, said Sherry Rollman, the Forest Service's spokesperson on Angeles National Forest matters.
A county rain gauge at the Clear Creek Ranger Station recorded more than 17 inches of rainfall in December. To the east, a gauge near the Inspiration Point trailhead recorded 15 inches in that time.
Descanso Gardens has recorded nearly 19 inches of rainfall on its grounds since Oct. 1.