Arcadia, Calif. – The Angeles National Forest will be temporarily closing weekend access to Millard Canyon Campground, starting Saturday, August 22, due to heightened public safety concerns.
The Chaney Trail gate will also be temporarily locked during weekends. An alternative starting point park is from Loma Alta Park at Sunset Ridge Road start from the Altadena Crest Trail:
The Fire Danger Level in the Angeles National Forest is currently elevated to, “Extreme”. Weekend closures will remain in effect until the current high fire danger decreases or the mitigation measure is no longer needed.
Recreation areas across the Angeles National Forest have been experiencing exceptionally high numbers of visitors. In the Millard Canyon Campground, visitor vehicles continue to exceed available parking. Vehicle congestion and illegal parking on the narrow mountain roads have resulted in constricted roadways that block access by emergency crews and limits public egress in an emergency.
The hot, dry conditions make it is imperative that fire crews and emergency vehicles have adequate access for public safety. The two major fires currently burning on the Angeles National Forest, the Lake Fire and Ranch 2 Fire, underscore the considerable fire danger within the dry, combustible canyons.
The temporary closure of Millard Canyon Campground is currently limited to weekends only, Saturdays and Sundays when high visitor volume produces the greatest fire risk. Weekday access will remain open, Monday through Friday.
The Angeles National Forest is working with state and local partners to find solutions to the recent overcrowding and increasingly heavy traffic volume on mountain roadways. Until then, it is necessary to temporarily close weekend access for public safety.
Millard Canyon is within the Angeles National Forest, just north of Pasadena, and closely associated with the communities of La Canada Flintridge, Pasadena and Altadena.
Finally, please remember that the Angeles National Forest has enacted strict fire restrictions. We are in an above-normal fire season and using a fire on national forests in California is generally prohibited.
For more information, please visit our website: www.fs.usda.gov/angeles
For questions, please contact Public Affairs officer, John Clearwater, at (626) 425-2150, or firstname.lastname@example.org.