Angeles National Forest officials on Wednesday, Sept. 15, announced that the emergency-closure order for the Angeles, Cleveland and San Bernardino national forests has been extended until midnight on Sept. 22.

Although the order issued on Aug. 31 that closed public access to all national forests in California was to end at midnight Wednesday, Sept. 15, two days early, Southern California forests will remain closed.

“Due to ongoing high fire danger and active wildfires across the West, the Southern California national forests will remain closed for another week to better provide for public and firefighter safety,” forest service officials said in a statement.

“Moreover, conditions on the forest have prompted Angeles forest fire managers to increase the fire danger level from extreme to critical,” the officials added.

“Through this order we hope to minimize the likelihood that visitors could become entrapped during an emergency and decrease the potential for new fire starts at a time of extremely limited firefighting resources,” the statement said.

Some local firefighters and their equipment have gone to Northern California to battle blazes.