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February 13, 2014
Angeles National Forest is waiving its visitor fee this weekend in honor of President's Day.  Beginning Saturday through Monday,  visitors aren't required to purchase the usual National Forest Pass, according to a news release from John Wagner of the U.S. Forest Service.  Although the Adventure Pass fee does not apply this weekend, campground, reservation, group-site and concession prices may still be in effect, Wagner said.  ...
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | August 18, 2012
A La Cañada Flintridge man and his brother ran into trouble in the Angeles National Forest on Wednesday and spent the night in the mountains before they were airlifted out by Montrose Search and Rescue on Thursday morning. Andre and Rene Laurencot were trying to hike from the Switzer Picnic Area to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory on the Gabrielino Trail on Wednesday when they failed to see a trail closure sign and got stuck, according to Mike Leum, assistant director of the rescue team.
NEWS
May 11, 2012
Some of the beauty to be found in the Angeles National Forest this spring can exact a heavy price. Areas burned by the Station fire are sprouting a bush with a lovely purple flower known as the poodle-dog bush. But when it comes to this plant, hikers would do well to head warnings from officials: look, but don't touch. That's because the flowering plant,  Turricula parryi, can cause poison oak-like skin rashes and blisters. The plant thrives in areas where the soil has been ravaged by flash floods or, as in this case, fire.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | September 5, 2012
The flora being torched by the Williams fire above Glendora is in very different shape than that above La Cañada Flintridge, making a similar blaze in this area unlikely, according to Angeles National Forest officials. Angeles National Forest Acting Resource Officer Justin Seastrand said Wednesday that the thick chaparral and brush fueling the Williams fire was largely cleared out of the La Cañada area by the 2009 Station fire. “There is enough vegetation [near La Cañada] that a fire could burn through there,” Seastrand said.
NEWS
January 9, 2013
A car registered to a missing Santa Clarita woman was found in a ravine in Angeles National Forest, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said. A body was found nearby, said sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore, but has not been identified. The plates of the silver sedan found off Sand Canyon Road match those of the vehicle registered to Sarah Alarid, 19, who has been missing since getting into an argument with an ex-boyfriend at a New Year's Eve party, Whitmore said. She had left the party about 3 a.m., telling friends she was headed home.
NEWS
January 28, 2013
A man who authorities say attempted to kill himself and his estranged girlfriend by driving them off the side of a mountain was taken into custody Sunday after he crashed his vehicle into a guardrail, fled the scene and then barricaded himself in a home near Santa Anita Dam. The suspect, Patrick Anthony Gonzalez, 21, of Los Angeles, left the scene of the incident at Chantry Flats late Saturday and ran off into the Angeles National Forest, according...
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | March 7, 2012
A 76-year-old hiker who was reported missing Monday morning was found dead Monday afternoon in the Switzer Falls campground area of the Angeles National Forest. The body of Richard Derusha, of Bellflower, was located by Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies around 4:25 p.m., L.A. County coroner's officials confirmed. His body was recovered on Tuesday, as darkness prevented a helicopter from being used on Monday night, and the body's location was too remote for it to be carried out by rescue personnel.
NEWS
June 30, 2012
While searching for a missing 33-year-old Bakersfield hiker in the Angeles National Forest Friday, Montrose Search and Rescue members found and resuscitated a drowning toddler, according to the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's office. At around 5 p.m., the search team found a girl, 1 and a half years old, face down in a pool of water near the picnic area. Reserve deputies Michael Leum and Janet Henderson aided the girl, along with her mother. The girl was flown to Northridge Hospital to receive treatment, where she was released around midnight, said Sgt. Cynthia Gonzales of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station.
NEWS
August 10, 2013
The Sharp fire in Angeles National Forest has grown to 150 acres, but firefighters, aided now by five water-dropping helicopters, have been able to increase containment to 40%. Two firefighters, meanwhile, were treated at a local hospital after one suffered a back injury and the other a heat-related ailment, said Ryan Carey, an information specialist for Angeles National Forest, the Los Angeles Times reported .  The extent of...
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By Joe Piasecki and Daniel Siegal | August 31, 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.
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