Drought closes Big Falls in San Bernardino National Forest

FOREST FALLS, Calif. (KABC) -- The drought has claimed another victim: The Big Falls in the San Bernardino National Forest.

Officials announced swimming at Big Falls will be off limits until Oct. 7, 2016, because of dangerous conditions created by the drought.

One of the more scenic waterfalls in Southern California, the Big Falls are popular because of their easy access and location in Forest Falls.

But conditions have increased injuries and the number of expensive, and also dangerous, rescues.

"This year we have seen triple the number of incidents at Big Falls," said Eric Sherwin with the San Bernardino County Fire Department. "The drought has decreased water flow through the area, which has exposed some very slick rocks that have contributed to the majority of falls here."

Hikers can still head to the base of Big Falls, but swimming is prohibited.

Those caught swimming could face misdemeanor charges.
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