- Associated Press - Thursday, September 29, 2016

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - Southern California’s tallest waterfall will remain closed for another year while forest officials figure out how to address record-high numbers of visitor injuries.

The Press-Enterprise reports (https://bit.ly/2dgQWUm ) that San Bernardino National Forest Officials are extending the closure of Upper Big Falls. Officials first banned access to the upper three falls in the 500-foot-long series of cascades in October 2015.

Firefighters and deputies had to rescue at least 57 people who were hurt climbing around the falls in 2015. San Bernardino County Fire Department Capt. Tom McIntosh says 18 people have also been injured in the area in 2016, and all but one of them was in the banned region.

McIntosh says he’s disappointed that forest officials haven’t yet made an effective plan so that they can reopen the falls.

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Information from: The Press-Enterprise, https://www.pe.com

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