Portions of the San Bernardino National Forest will be closed starting Friday because fire and drought conditions are considered extreme. US Forest Service officials say the closures, which affects a vast majority of the 671,000-acre forest, could last at least a month. Towns such as Big Bear City and Lake Arrowhead will remain open. Meantime, Angeles National Forest just to the west remains closed after the largest wildfire in Southern California this year burned more than 38,000 acres and destroyed 76 buildings. That forest won´t be reopened until there´s enough rainfall to mark the end of fire season.
Forestry officials are considering similar closures in the Cleveland National Forest north of the Mexican border and east of San Diego. A decision is not expected until next week.