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Fri., July 26, 2013, 4:24 p.m.

Why I don’t camp reason #93

A ground squirrel surveys the land surrounding its burrow on the McWhorter Ranch near Prosser, Wash.
A ground squirrel surveys the land surrounding its burrow on the McWhorter Ranch near Prosser, Wash.

Plague infected squirrels.

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Authorities have evacuated and shut down a section of a national forest outside Los Angeles for at least a week after a ground squirrel was found there infected with the plague, county public health officials said on Thursday.

The squirrel tested positive for plague after it was trapped in the Angeles National Forest during "routine surveillance activities," the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said in a written health advisory. Health officials said that as a precaution, visitors were ordered to leave three campgrounds and a recreation area of the Angeles National Forest, which encompasses some 655,000 acres in the San Gabriel Mountains just north of metropolitan Los Angeles. More here.

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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.