Fire Threat Level Raised to 'Very High' For Labor Day Weekend

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LOS ANGELES (KTLA) -- The U.S. Forest Service is raising the fire danger threat level from "high" to "very high" as the Labor Day weekend approaches and forecasters predict extreme heat in the area.

"Very high" is the fourth-highest warning in an alert system that ranges from "low" to "critical."

Residents are warned to make sure dry brush is cleared from around their homes and to be careful when hiking or visiting campgrounds in the Angeles National Forest and San Bernardino National Forest.

Homeowners who live near the area burned by the devastating "Station Fire" are worried that people might be careless and put them in danger once again.

Two firefighters were killed, 250 square miles of brush burned, 209 structures, including 89 homes, when the fire broke out in August, 2009. The blaze threatened 12,000 structures in the Angeles National Forest and the nearby communities of La Canada Flintridge, Glendale, La Crescenta, Glendale, Acton, Littlerock, Sunland and Tujunga. It was the largest brush fire in Los Angeles history.

Fire officials say even though the threat level is being raised, open wood and charcoal campfires will still be allowed in campgrounds and picnic areas.

Visitors, however, must get permits to use gas stoves and grills in certain areas.

Temperatures are expected to climb into the triple digits for the holiday weekend.

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