October 08, 2004
As a precaution, Hi Hill Outdoor Science School closed last week because of high fire risk in the Angeles National Forest. It is expected to reopen later this year when the fire danger subsides. Although no fire was reported in the area, the U.S. Forest Service closed 90 percent of the forest because dry conditions have created an extreme risk of wildfires.
The 13-acre camp near Mt. Wilson will remain closed until there is sufficient rain or snowfall to lower the fire danger.
Each year, thousands of local fifth graders enjoy Hi Hill for five days. They learn about geology, biology and other sciences. About 140 students each week have attended the camp since Labor Day. Since 1948, more than 300,000 students have gone to Hi Hill.
The camp closed for two weeks last year during a major outbreak of wildfires in Southern California. In 2002, the camp also closed for about six weeks because of dry conditions. Once the camp reopens, students’ usual five-day stays may be shortened to allow more students to attend.