Tuesday, October 13, 2009

road closures due to rain



The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works has announced that due to forecasted rain, and in coordination with the US Forest Service, it will close public access to all County roads within the Station Fire burn area as of 11:59 p.m. Monday, October 12.  The closures will remain in place for at least 48 hours.


The closures follow a decision by the US Forest Service to issue evacuation notices to its staff and USFS lessees, and to move its fire-fighting equipment from mountain fire stations to the foothills.


As a result, the Angeles Forest Highway, Big Tujunga Canyon Road, and Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road, will be closed to all traffic except emergency vehicles and DPW personnel. Residents living in the burn areas will not be permitted to use the roads until the closure is lifted.


Bob Spencer, Public Affairs Manager for Public Works, said the roads would be unsafe during a rainstorm due to the potential for debris flows sweeping over them.


“We are taking this action in cooperation and coordination with US Forest Service as a safety precaution,” Spencer said. “We urge residents to continue to monitor news broadcasts, or visit the CARE website at www.dpwcare.org for further updates.”





Media Contacts:          Bob Spencer, Public Affairs Manager, DPW

                                    (626) 703-7400


                                    Gary Boze, PIO, DPW

                                    (213) 703-6483


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