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March 8, 2013
The Los Angeles County Public Works Department said it planned to close portions of roadways Thursday night in the Angeles National Forest based on weather forecasts of snow and icy road conditions. Starting at 10 p.m., agency officials said motorists would be barred from accessing Angeles Forest Highway from Aliso Canyon Road to State Route 2, also known as Angeles Crest Highway, and Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road between Angeles Forest Highway and Angeles Crest Highway. A late winter storm was expected to bring rain and possibly thunderstorms to Southern California late Thursday and into Friday, along with up to eight inches of snow in the mountains, according to the National Weather Service.
January 11, 2012
The Angeles National Forest announced today that in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Adventure Pass fees will be waived at trailheads and Forest Service-managed day use sites during the weekend of Jan. 14-16.  “To honor a great champion of civil rights, the normally required National Forest Adventure Pass will be waived this weekend, we are working to ensure as many visitors as possible can experience the numerous recreational opportunities the...
August 24, 2012
This post has been updated. Montrose Search and Rescue found an injured hiker shortly after starting a search for him on the Switzer trail in the Angeles National Forest on Thursday, Los Angeles County Sheriff's officials said. Lt. Tonya Edwards of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's station said the rescue team was activated at 5:20 p.m. Thursday to look for a young male hiker. Search and Rescue team member John Rodarte said the hiker and his wife were returning from Switzer Falls and were about 1.5 miles from the trailhead when the man fell off a log and broke his ankle.
December 31, 2013
If you're planning a New Year's Eve visit to Angeles National Forest tonight, then you need to leave the fireworks behind, sheriff's officials announced. The fireworks ban is year-round at the forest, regardless of weather condition or holidays, authorities said in a news release. "The use of fireworks is prohibited on all national forests," said Thomas Contreras, forest supervisor. "The regulations are enforced, and violation is punishable as a misdemeanor by a fine of not more than $5,000, imprisonment of not more than six months, or both.
By Mary O'Keefe | August 2, 2007
On Wednesday the fire danger level on the Angeles National Forest in La Cañada's backyard was raised from "very high" to "extreme." This is the highest national level, but the fifth in a six-level program for Angeles National Forest, with the highest being "critical." The decision to move to the extreme level is based upon several variables including the amount of vegetation, fire resources and moisture. "It is not just determined by moisture," said Sherry Rollman, spokeswoman for USDA Forest Service.
By Daniel Siegal, | August 17, 2011
The U.S. Forest Service has selected Thomas Contreras to be supervisor for the Angeles National Forest. He has been serving in that position on an interim basis for several months. Contreras has worked for the Forest Service since 1976, and previously served as supervisor of the Mendocino National Forest in Northern California. “I welcome the opportunity to manage one of the most heavily used urban forests within the nation,” Contreras said in a statement. Angeles National Forest recently reopened campgrounds and more than 100 miles of hiking trails after months of rehabilitation following the massive Station fire, which scorched wide swaths of landscape.
August 26, 2013
A 56-year-old Los Angeles man was found dead near Inspiration Point in the Angeles National Forest on Sunday afternoon after another hiker passing by spotted his body in a ravine, authorities said. Members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Air Rescue 5 unit located the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene before being airlifted to Farnsworth Park in Altadena, according to the Los Angeles Times . A preliminary coroner's examination determined that the man died from trauma sustained during a fall from a steep trail.
April 11, 2013
View Larger Map The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is investigating the circumstances surrounding a body found in Angeles National Forest. Deputies went to San Francisquito Canyon Road, about five miles south of Spunky Canyon Road, about 5:45 p.m. Wednesday after the body was found, the L.A. Times reported. Homicide detectives are handling the case, and sheriff's deputies had no immediate update Thursday morning. The area is about 17 miles north of Castaic.
August 30, 2013
A Placentia woman who had been missing for 10 days was found alive and in good physical condition by Montrose Search and Rescue workers on Friday in the Angeles National Forest above La Cañada Flintridge. Rescue workers found Shameca Lewis Johnson, 24, in the Switzer Falls area at about 10:45 a.m., according to a statement by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The search in the forest started Thursday evening after a hiker reported seeing a woman matching Johnson's description, was postponed after nightfall and resumed Friday morning.
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