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Before venturing out, you need to know the latest news about road conditions, campground closures and fire restrictions.
Here is a round-up of the current headlines pulled from US Forest Service press releases, the Bureau of Land Management, California
Department of Fish and Game, California Department of Forestry, National Park Service and other sources.
HIKER FALLS TO DEATH IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA - January 21, 2013
Authorities say a Southern California man apparently has fallen to his death during a mountain hike. Hikers found the body of 60-year-old Dominic Belletti...
HIKER MISSING AFTER SUB-FREEZING NIGHT IN ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST - January 14, 2013
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Following an extensive search, rescuers Sunday found a hypothermic hiker who spent more than 24 hours stranded in the Angeles National Forest north of Azusa, including a night...
BLM DESERT ADVISORY COUNCIL TO MEET IN BARSTOW - January 9, 2013
Bureau of Land Management press release
The next field trip and meeting of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) California Desert Advisory Council (DAC) will be held Feb. 8 and 9 in Barstow. The council will participate in a field tour of nearby BLM-managed public lands on Friday, Feb. 8 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and meet in formal session...
THREE HIKERS RESCUED AT ISLIP SADDLE - January 6, 2013
Montrose Search and Rescue and Air 5 rescued three hikers who fell 300 feet down an ice shute at Islip Saddle (near where Angeles Crest Highway and Highway 39 meet) Saturday, according to Lieutenant Angela Shepherd of the Crescenta
LAKE CLOSED TILL MARCH AFTER VISITORS FALL THROUGH ICE - Friday, January 04, 2013
WRIGHTWOOD, California — Angeles National Forest officials have closed Jackson Lake in the San Gabriel Mountains following a Dec. 25 incident in which visitors playing on its partially frozen surface fell through the ice. The lake was closed...
SILVERWOOD LAKE: ELDERLY HIKER HURT DURING NIGHTTIME ACCIDENT - January 03, 2013
Based on a global positioning system's plot of the cellphone call, sheriff's and fire department personnel began rescue efforts at Rio Baranca Valle Campground, west of Highway 138 and Cleghorn Road. The victim was found about two miles away, between ...
INJURED HIKER AIRLIFTED TO SAFETY NEAR IDYLLWILD - January 02, 2013
Southwest Riverside News Network
Firefighters sent a helicopter today to rescue a hiker who fell about 30 feet over an embankment in the Idyllwild area, a county fire department spokeswoman said. Firefighters sent a helicopter today to rescue a hiker who fell about 30 feet over an ...
HIKER, DOGS RESCUED FROM SNOWY PEAK IN LA COUNTY - December 31, 2012
LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles County sheriff's rescuers say they've saved a man and his two dogs from spending a freezing night at the snowy summit of Mount Baden-Powell in the Angeles National Forest. Sheriff's commander John Johnston says the ...
IDYLLWILD: HIKER IS RESCUED IN MOUNTAINS - December 26, 2012
Members of the Riverside County Mountain Rescue Unit, a Riverside County sheriff's helicopter and Cal Fire rescuers were called to the Devil's Slide Trailhead in Idyllwild to search for him. He was found at 4:12 p.m. Tuesday. The man was “cold and wet ...
NATIONAL FOREST AREA CLOSURES TO PROTECT NESTING GOLDEN EAGLES - December 19, 2012
Nat'l Forest Service Press Release
The Cleveland National Forest has been working hard to ensure that raptors and their habitat across the Forest are proactively managed. As of December 15, Golden Eagle closures are in effect for Glencliff and Gower Mountain on the Forest...
FIRE DANGER LEVEL LOWERED FOR THE ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST - December 18, 2012
Nat'l Forest Service Press Release
ARCADIA, Calif. – Effective today Dec. 17, fire restrictions on the Angeles National Forest will be downgraded from “Very High” (Level IV) to “Moderate” (Level II). The change is a result of recent rain, cooler temperatures and higher RH levels throughout the southland...