Forest Roads to Close Over Weekend Due to Elevated Fire Danger

Glendora Ridge Road and Glendora Mountain Road in Angeles National Forest will be closed to motor vehicles this weekend due to elevated fire danger levels and concerns over increased visitor use, officials announced Thursday.

Bicycles and pedestrians will be allowed on the roads, but the closure to vehicular traffic will extend until Tuesday morning, according to the sheriff's department.

U.S. Forest Service officials have raised the fire danger level from "Very High" to "Extreme" for Angeles National Forest and San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, effective Friday.

"This change is in response to September's seasonal drying combined with the fifth year of an exceptional drought," the Forest Service's Nathan Judy said.

The increased risk has prompted restrictions on activities such as the use of wood and charcoal fires or propane or Sterno stoves except in identified campgrounds or picnic areas, according to the Forest Service.

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