LA County to close roads in Station Fire burn area before storm hits

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That big winter storm heading toward Southern California will be here by Friday night. Before it arrives, L.A. County plans to close the roads that wind through the Angeles National Forest.

It’s been a year-and-a-half since the Station Fire burned through the middle of the Angeles National Forest. The flames stripped the mountain hillsides bare – and even though some vegetation has returned, the danger of mudslides, snowdrifts and small avalanches is still too big.

The L.A. County Public Works Department looked at the weekend forecast – and figured the safest thing to do was close down all the roads through the burn area. The shutdowns will begin at high noon, a few hours before the cold weekend storm arrives.

Here’s the list: the Angeles Forest Highway from Aliso Canyon Road to the Angeles Crest Highway, Big Tujunga Canyon Road from Big Tujunga Dam to the Angeles Forest Highway, and Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road. Once the storm passes and the roads are safe, L.A. County Public Works says it’ll work fast to open the roads so you can play in the new snow.