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NEWS
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.
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NEWS
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
August 16, 2012
A La Cañada Flintridge man and his brother ran into trouble in the Angeles National Forest on Wednesday night and  were airlifted out by Montrose Search and Rescue on Thursday morning. Andre and Rene Laurencot were attempting 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 Montrose team that responded. “One had hiked [the trail]
NEWS
By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | July 5, 2012
James Hall has spent nearly 20 years patrolling the Angeles National Forest, doing everything from leading an engine crew to showing inner-city youth the wonders of the outdoors. Now he is playing a leadership role in firefighting and fire prevention in the sprawling wilderness. Last month Hall was named fire chief for the forest, capping a 33-year tour of duty with the U.S. Forest Service. Hall first joined the agency in 1979 after a stint in the Army. He served as a squad leader of a 20-man “hot shot” firefighting crew in Northern California's Lassen National Forest in 1989 before transferring to the Angeles National Forest in 1994.
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
June 27, 2012
The L.A. County Sheriff's Department and Montrose Search and Rescue are scouring the Mt. Lukens area of the Angeles National Forest for missing hiker Ertug Ergun. Ergun, 33 and of Bakersfield, was reported missing on Wednesday, June 20, by his supervisor at work, according to Bakersfield Police Det. William Hughes. At around 2:30 p.m. on Friday, June 22, sheriff's deputies located Ergun's vehicle at the Stonyvale Picnic area off Big Tujunga Road. There were no signs of the missing hiker and no signs of suspicious circumstances, according to the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station.
NEWS
June 20, 2012
A black bear visited a La Cañada Flintridge home at 6 a.m. Wednesday, climbing at least 30 feet up a redwood tree in the backyard of a house on the 600 block of Pomander Place, a cul-de-sac near Woodleigh Lane, south of the Foothill (210) Freeway. Lt. Angela Shepherd of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station said deputies were dispatched to the home, but the bear descended from its perch and left on its own accord around 7:15 a.m. The bear did not cause any damage. It also avoided the media scrutiny that befell “Glen Bearian,” a bear that garnered its own Twitter account in April after spending a few weeks rummaging through North Glendale and La Crescenta garbage cans.
NEWS
May 26, 2012
Rangers who work in the Angeles National Forest and the volunteers who support them deserve a tip of the hat for opening a huge swath of forest this weekend, less than three years after the Station fire ravaged the front range of the San Gabriel Mountains. More than 41,000 acres below the Big Tujunga Dam, a huge area upslope from La Cañada Flintridge, are open again for hiking and camping. But much cleanup work remains, as 46,000 acres are still off limits. Angeles National Forest Supervisor Thomas Contreras sounded plaintive in his talk with conservationists and volunteers last week at the Eaton Canyon Nature Center, both asking for more volunteer support and admitting the tasks remaining are stretching staff resources.
NEWS
May 24, 2012
This article has been updated. Nature enthusiasts will have something to celebrate Memorial Day weekend, as  Angeles National Forest officials will open parts of the Big Tujunga watershed closed after the Station Fire devastated the area in 2009. On Wednesday, U.S. Forest Service officials said they hope to get final approval of the plan on Thursday. Sites open again to the public include the Stone Canyon Trail, Trail Canyon Trail and the Delta Flat recreation areas.
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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