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Most of the San Gabriel Mountains are Now Off Limits to the Public [Updated]

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Due to the Station Fire (and the Morris Fire, which is now 100 percent contained), officials today closed all portions of the Angeles National Forest within the San Gabriel Mountain Range, citing a federal law meant "to protect natural resources and provide for public safety." Basically, that means the whole mountain range is closed, save for the edges and a portion within the San Bernardino National Forest on the eastern end before the Cajon Pass and 15 Freeway. The closure will last until the fire is 100 percent contained.

Entering into this large portion of the forest will be illegal in most cases, even for some private property owners. However, the northeast part of the forest, north of the Santa Clarita Valley, remains open to the public.

Earlier today, the fire had burned through 144,743 acres with 38 percent containment. The blaze is still threatening 10,000 homes, according to KNX1070.

Update: Forest Service authorities define this as the closure area: "The Station Fire Closure Area consists of all National Forest System lands within the Angeles National Forest bounded by California State Route 14 (Antelope Valley Freeway) on the north, then continuing northeast to California State Route 138 (Pearblossom Highway), then continuing east to California Interstate 15 (Ontario Freeway/Barstow Freeway), then continuing south to California Interstate 210 (Foothill Freeway), then continuing west to the starting point."