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A Bobcat Fire still image from a camera by UC San Diego at Mount Wilson (Photo – HPWREN)

As the Bobcat Fire is encroaching on the San Gabriel Valley communities, ColoradoBoulevard.net will have a live update article keeping the local communities abreast of the latest developments.

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By News Desk

We are closing this blog now. It has been an incredibly stressful and painful time for our communities.
From all of us, we thank you for trusting us with bringing you the news.
Our hearts go to all affected by the fires and our utmost gratitude to our firefighters keeping us safe.

10/05/20

– 10:30 am. #BobcatFire Final Update.

Firefighters monitored and patrolled the active areas of the fire overnight:

  • Burning continued in the Valley Forge and Falls Canyon areas north of Mount Wilson, within fire containment lines with no perimeter growth reported overnight.
  • For the past few days, this interior island north of Mount Wilson has been producing a large amount of smoke and it will continue to consume internal acres within the control fire lines.
  • The smoke from this area may be more visible during the peak heat areas of the day. The containment line is not threatened with this internal burning and fire crews are in this area monitoring possible spotting.
  • Due to successful containment achieved in the last week, incident commanders of the Bobcat Fire will be transitioning from California Interagency Incident Management Team 11, to the Angeles National Forest. Resources have begun to be released from the incident to allow them to shift firefighting efforts to other critical needs throughout the state.
  • This is the final update.

Stats

The fire size is approximately 115,758 acres and 88% contained. Cause is still under Investigation. Assigned resources:

  • Total Personnel: 572.
  • Hand Crews: 6.
  • Helicopters: 8.
  • Engines: 26.
  • Dozers: 3.
  • Water Tanders 6.
  • Injuries: 6.
  • Structures threatened:  6,000.
  • Residence: Damaged 28. Destroyed 87.
  • Other structures: Damaged 19.  Destroyed 83.

Weather

Temperatures continue to gradually cool, however it will still be warm, dry and mostly sunny with passing high clouds. Terrain driven southwest winds are expected in the lower and mid-elevations for the fire in the higher terrain.

10/04/20

– 7:00 pm. #BobcatFire – The fire size is approximately 115,548 acres and 84% contained.

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– 12:00 pm. #BobcatFire – Last night, the fire activity was minimal with a few pockets of rollout that posed no threat to the fire line:

  • The Mount Wilson area continued to burn the dense internal fuel pocket in the Valley Forge and Falls Canyon areas.
  • This interior island north of Mount Wilson has been producing a large amount of smoke for the past few days and will continue to consume internal acres within the control fire lines.
  • More smoke is expected today. The containment line is not threatened with this internal burning. Fire crews are staged in this area to monitor for spotting. Moisture in the air may cause the smoke to lay low and smoke plumes near Mount Wilson may be more visible in the peak heat hours.
  • Crews on other divisions of the fire will be patrolling and monitoring for adverse behavior and potential spotting. Firefighters will be doing mop up and patrol operations where any heat pockets may be smoldering within the containment lines.

Stats

The fire size is approximately 115,548 acres  and 84% contained. Cause is still under Investigation. Assigned resources:

  • Total Personnel: 711.
  • Hand Crews: 9.
  • Helicopters: 13.
  • Engines: 29.
  • Dozers: 6.
  • Water Tanders:10.
  • Injuries: 6.
  • Structures threatened:  6,000.
  • Residence: Damaged 28. Destroyed 87.
  • Other structures: Damaged 19.  Destroyed 83.

Weather

Temperatures will be a few degrees cooler but are still above average. Fuels continue to be very dry with low relative humidity recovery overnight. Winds are not expected to negatively affect the fire behavior today.

 

10/03/20

– 5:00 pm. #BobcatFire – Heavy smoke may be visible during peak heat hours as a dense internal island of fuel burns.

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(Photo – angeles_nf)

 

– 11:55 am. #BobcatFire – Today’s fire containment will consist of firefighters mopping up, patrolling and improving containment lines:

  • An exception is an interior island northeast of Mount Wilson. This area of the fire will continue to consume approximately 300 internal acres well within the fire control lines. This is not a prescribed burning operation but is a pocket of fire in difficult terrain that has been difficult for firefighters to access. Firefighters expect this pocket to burn on its own through the day. Crews are patrolling this area and monitoring for spotting and adverse behavior in the steep rugged terrain in this area. Heavy smoke may be visible during peak heat hours as this internal island of fuel burns.
  • Note: Most recent numbers of residential and other structures damaged or destroyed have increased in today’s update but are not a result of fire activity in the last 5 days. The number of damaged and destroyed buildings may rise as damage assessment teams continue to gather accurate data from properties spanning over 114,900+ acres.

Stats

The fire is 114,963 acres with 84% containment. Cause is still under Investigation:

  • Resources assigned: 936 Personnel.
  • Water Tenders: 13.
  • Hand Crews: 14.
  • Helicopters: 13.
  • Engines: 62.
  • Dozers: 8.
  • Structures Threatened: 6,000.
  • Residence: Damaged 28. Destroyed 87.
  • Other Structure: Damaged 19. Destroyed 83.
  • Injuries: 6.

10/02/20

– 5:20 pm. #BobcatFire – The fire is 114,901 acres and 79% contained:

Isolated pockets of fire are present in the Mount Wilson area. Smoke plumes from this area will remain visible and more prevalent in the afternoon as heavy fuels burn. This behavior is expected and firefighters are monitoring for spotting and adverse behavior in steep terrain.

-1:00 pm. #BobcateFire – Latest Update.

Firefighters observed minimal fire activity and no fire growth overnight:

  • Isolated pockets of fire are still present in the Mount Wilson area on the northern slope and firefighting priorities are to protect the observatory and communications sites there.
  • Smoke from this area will remain visible and may make smoke plumes more prevalent in the afternoon as heavy fuels burn. This fire behavior is to be expected and firefighters are monitoring for spotting or adverse behavior in the steep rugged terrain.
  • Forest restoration has begun as crews repair fire containment lines made by hand crews and dozers. Restoration will include adding water bars that protect roads by reducing erosion by directing water in specific areas during rain events. In addition, we are evaluating the habitat and status of protected plant and animal species in the burn area. Firefighters will also be removing hose, trash and equipment associated with fire activity.

Stats

The fire is approximately 114,901 acres and 75% contained. The cause is still under Investigation:

  • Resources assigned: 995 personnel.
  • Engines: 68.
  • Handcrews: 15.
  • Helicopters: 13.
  • Dozers: 8.
  • Water tenders: 12.
  • Injuries: 6.
  • Structures Threatened: 6,000.
  • Residence: Damaged – 28.  Destroyed – 83.
  • Other structures:  Damaged – 19. Destroyed – 79.

Weather

Dry fuels combined with low humidity will create a receptive environment for fire spread:

  • Temperatures are expected to range between 78-96 degrees based on elevation.
  • A Heat Warning is in effect until tonight at 8pm with temperatures expected to decrease over the weekend.
  • Predicted humidity is between 10-18%. Light diurnal winds will continue in the upper elevations but are not expected to be a threat to fire spread.

Assistance

For assistance, LA County residents can call 211 and make an appointment at the Palmdale HighSchool Assistance Center:

  • The Red Cross Evacuation Centers at Palmdale High School and Santa Anita Park are now closed.

10/01/20

-11:00 am. #BobcateFire – Latest Update:

After three weeks of hard work, the Bobcat Fire is winding down. There are just a few areas left with interior fire activity:

  • Along the open line on the northeast side of Fenner Canyon.
  • Along the center of the west flank where this fire meets the old Station Fire burn scar and in the island of unburned vegetation northwest of Mount Wilson.

The main work left is mopping up, back-hauling equipment and trash and patrolling along the containment lines.

Stats

The fire is approximately 114,901 acres and 75% contained. Cause is still under Investigation:

  • Resources Assigned: 995 personnel.
  • Engines: 68.
  • Handcrews: 15.
  • Helicopters: 13.
  • Dozers: 8.
  • Water tenders: 12.
  • Injuries: 6.
  • Structures Threatened: 6,000.
  • Residence: Damaged – 28. Destroyed – 83.
  • Other structures: Damaged – 19. Destroyed – 79.

Weather

Strong high pressure anchored over the west will maintain hot and dry conditions over the region with much above normal temperatures at least through Friday. Temperatures will peak near 100 degrees over the lower elevations of the fire tomorrow and Thursday before a slight cooling trend begins over the weekend. Humidity in the low teens with poor overnight R/H recovery will continue for the next several days; this means that the fuels are very dry and receptive to burning. A mostly light diurnal wind pattern will prevail at the lower elevations of the fire with light north-northeasterly winds over the upper elevations for the next few days:

  • A Heat Warning has been extended through 8:00 pm Friday for the San Gabriel Mountains and surrounding areas.

9/30/20

-5:00 pm. Angeles National Forest Closure Extended. (Click to read details inside).

-12:00 pm. #BobcateFire – Latest Update.

Today, firefighters will continue to strengthen containment line:

  • On the northwestern portion of the fire, crews are working from Highway 2 to Little Rock Reservoir constructing handlines and mopping up. Patrols will continue along the northern portion of the fire to make sure communities are secure and staying alert for any potential new activity.
  • Heavy mop-up will continue northwest of Mount Wilson from Mt. Wilson Red Box Rd to Highway 2.
  • In the northeast portion of the fire near Mount Waterman, mop up and patrol activities continue.
  • The southern perimeter of the fire remains moderated and in patrol and mop-up status from Mt. Wilson around to Crystal Lake. On the south and east sides of the fire crews will begin the process of pulling hose and backhauling equipment. They will also begin suppression repair work on contingency lines.

Stats

The fire is approximately 114,438 acres with 63% containment. Cause is till under investigation:

  • Resources Assigned: 992 personnel.
  • Engines: 72.
  • Handcrews: 19.
  • Helicopters: 14.
  • Dozers: 9.
  • Water tenders: 10.
  • Injuries: 6.
  • Structures Threatened: 6,000.
  • Residence: Damaged 28. Destroyed 83.
  • Other Structure: Damaged 19. Destroyed 79.

Weather

Strong high pressure anchored over the west will maintain hot and dry conditions over the region with much above normal temperatures, at least through Friday. Temperatures will peak near 100 degrees over the lower elevations of the fire tomorrow and Thursday before a slight cooling trend begins over the weekend. Humidity in the low teens with poor overnight R/H recovery will continue for the next several days. A mostly light diurnal wind pattern will prevail at the lower elevations of the fire with light north-northeasterly winds over the upper elevations for the next few days. A Heat Advisory has been extended through 8:00 pm Friday for the San Gabriel Mountains and surrounding areas.

-11:30 am. #BobcateFire – What happened last night?

There was minimal fire growth yesterday and last night:

  • Fire crews focused on strengthening containments lines, monitoring areas for spot fires, and looking for opportunities to attack the fire directly.
  • Heavy mop-up occurred in the Mount Wilson area from Mt. Wilson Red Box Rd to Highway 2.
  • Crews continued to monitor, patrol, and clean up the Pinon Ridge area to secure containment lines.
  • Firefighters monitored fire activity near the Manzanita Trail and found opportunities to fight the fire directly with the assistance of aviation assets.
  • For the past few days, fire activity on the eastern side of the fire has moderated on the northern portion of the Highway 39 corridor to the San Gabriel Reservoir.

9/29/20

-11:00 pm. #BobcateFire – Latest Update:

The fire is approximately 114,202 acres with 62% containment and 992 personnel assigned to the incident:

  • Engines: 119
  • Handcrews: 23
  • Helicopters: 14
  • Dozers: 13
  • Water tenders: 13

The green island near Mount Wilson continues to burn out. When there is no threat to the line, it’s best to let the fire burn on its own rather than putting firefighters at risk. One benefit is a less intense, more natural burn:

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(Photo – angeles_nf)

 

– 11:35 am. #BobcatFIre – Latest Update:

Firefighters will continue to strengthen containment lines today:

  • On the northwestern portion of the fire crews are working from Highway 2 to Little Rock Reservoir constructing handline and mopping up. Patrols will occur along the northern portion of the fire to make sure communities are secure and will be alert for new activity.
  • Heavy mop-up will continue northwest of Mount Wilson from Mt. Wilson Red Box Rd to Highway 2. The southern perimeter of the fire remains moderated and in patrol and mop-up status from Mt. Wilson around to Crystal Lake.
  • California Incident Management Team 11 has taken over management of the fire.

Stats

The fire is approximately 114,202 acres with 62% containment. Cause is till under Investigation:

  • Resources Assigned: 1,363 personnel.
  • Engines: 119.
  • Handcrews: 23.
  • Helicopters: 14.
  • Dozers: 13.
  • Water tenders: 13.

Weather

A large area of high pressure will expand over the west and bring an extended period of hot and dry conditions. Above average temperatures and single digit humidity are expected over the next four days. A Heat Advisory has been issued from 10:00 am Tuesday until 8:00 pm Thursday over the Bobcat Fire.

– 11:30 am. #BobcatFire – What Happened Last Night:

There was minimal fire activity last night. Fire crews focused on strengthening containments lines, monitoring areas for spot fires, and looking for opportunities to attack the fire directly”

  • Heavy mop-up occurred in the Mount Wilson area from Mt. Wilson Red Box Rd to Highway 2.
  • On the north end near Mount Waterman, mop up and patrol activities continued. Crews continued to monitor, patrol, and clean up the Pinon Ridge area to secure containment lines.
  • Firefighters monitored fire activity near the Manzanita Trail and found opportunities to fight the fire directly with the assistance of aviation assets. For the past few days, fire activity on the eastern side of the fire has moderated on the northern portion of the Highway 39 corridor to the San Gabriel Reservoir.

9/28/20

– 9:30 pm. May you have a safe night:

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.
~ Maya Angelou

– 9:20 pm. #BobcatFIre – Latest Update:

  • Fire crews will continue to actively monitor and patrol containment lines searching out heat along the perimeter. Patrols will conduct smoke checks near communities to assure safety. Crews will also work to strengthen contingency lines in preparation for wind events across the fire tonight.
  • Patrols will occur along the northern portion of the fire to make sure communities are secure and will be alert for new activity.
  • California Incident Management Team 1 is in the process of transitioning with a new incident management team who will take over the fire.

Stats

The fire is approximately 114,202 acres with 62% containment:

  • Resources assigned: 1,363 personnel.
  • Engines: 119.
  • Handcrews: 23.
  • Helicopters: 14.
  • Dozers: 13.
  • Water tenders: 13.

Weather

Moderate northeast winds 20-30mph will continue to impact the upper elevations and ridgetops of the fire tonight before diminishing Tuesday morning. A large area of high pressure will expand over the west and bring an extended period of hot and dry conditions. Above average temperatures and single digit humidity are expected over the next four days. A Heat Advisory has been issued from 10:00 am Tuesday until 8:00 pm Thursday over the Bobcat Fire.

– 9:00 pm. #BobcatFire – What happened today:

Fire crews focused on strengthening containment lines, monitoring areas for spot fires, and looking for opportunities to attack the fire directly:

  • Heavy mop-up occurred in the Mount Wilson area from Mt. Wilson Red Box Rd to Highway 2.
  • Further up on the west end of the fire, crews saw no potential for spotting from the wind. On the north end near Mount Waterman, mop up and patrol activities continued today.
  • Crews continued to monitor, patrol and clean up the Pinon Ridge area to secure containment lines. Firefighters monitored fire activity near the Manzanita Trail and found opportunities to fight the fire directly alongside aviation assets.
  • For the past few days, the eastern side of the fire has moderated on the northern portion of the Highway 39 corridor to the San Gabriel Reservoir.
  • The southern perimeter of the fire remains moderated and in patrol and mop-up status.

– 11:05 am. #BobcatFire – Latest Update.

A Red Flag Warning is in effect through 5:00 pm today for gusty winds and low relative humidity, while a Wind Advisory is in effect until 3:00 pm. Fire crews will continue to actively monitor and patrol containment lines searching out heat along the perimeter.

  • Patrols will occur along the northern portion of the fire to make sure communities are secure and to be alert for new activity.
  • Engines will be available for smoke checks around the communities.
  • Increased activity is anticipated within containment lines near Mount Wilson and Mount Lewis as the wind speeds increase and relative humidity decreases. Residents can expect to see smoke columns in these areas as unburned fuels within the containment lines continue to consume.
  • Crews will be working near Mount Lewis to reduce the spread of the fire and to keep it north of Route 2. They will also be working to secure the spot fire northwest of Bare Mountain.
  • California Incident Management Team 1 is in the process of transitioning with a new incident management team who will take over the fire.

Stats

The fire is approximately 114,200 acres with 62% containment. Cause is still under Investigation:

  • Resources Assigned: 1,363 personnel.
  • Engines: 119.
  • Handcrews: 27.
  • Helicopters: 14.
  • Dozers: 13.
  • Water tenders: 13.

Weather

Today, Santa Ana conditions are expected to bring high temperatures, very low relative humidity, and gusty northeast winds. On ridgetops and in exposed areas winds will be 15 to 25 mph, with gusts 25-35 mph. These winds will decrease after 3:00 pm and drop overnight. On Tuesday and Wednesday temperatures will be well above normal and humidity will drop into the single digits, and winds will be light.

– 11:00 am. #BobcatFire – What happened last night:

  • The fire continued to remain active around the Mt. Lewis area where it made its way down to the bottom of the drainage. Fire crews were engaged in actions to stop the forward rate of spread.
  • The island of unburned fuels northwest of Mount Wilson continued to consume. North of Highway 2 in the Barley Flat area firefighters worked throughout the day and night to eliminate any heat near the fire’s edge.
  • Hand crews and aircraft worked all night to contain a 40-acre spot fire northwest of Bare Mountain. Crews continued to actively monitor and patrol containment lines searching out heat along the perimeter.
  • No repopulation or lifting of any warnings occurred yesterday. All orders remain the same.

 

9/27/20

– 10:00 pm. Food for thought for Monday morning:

Think of many things; do one.
~ Portuguese proverb

Have a safe evening and a glorious Monday morning.

– 9:00 pm. #BobcatFire – Earlier today, increased wind activity in the Mount Wilson area prompted an aircraft to lay retardant in order to reinforce the ridgeline:

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(Photo – Angeles_NF)

 

– 8:45 pm. Latest Updated:

Fire personnel will work to build on existing containment lines. They will continue to mop-up and monitor the perimeter of the fire:

  • Crews will continue to secure the portion from Mount Wilson to Highway 2 and monitor green islands as they burn to ensure there are no spots that develop in Barley flats area.
  • Patrols will occur along the northern perimeter of the fire to make sure communities are secure and to be alert for new activity. Engines will be available for smoke checks around the communities.
  • Increased activity is anticipated within containment lines near Mount Wilson and Mount Lewis as the wind speeds increase and relative humidities decrease.
  • Crews will be working near Mount Lewis to reduce the spread of the fire and to keep it south of Route 2.

Stats

The fire is still approximately 114,103 acres with 65% containment:

  • Resources assigned: 1,363 personnel.
  • Engines: 119.
  • Handcrews: 27.
  • Helicopters: 14.
  • Dozers: 13.
  • Water tenders: 13.

Weather

Santa Ana conditions will bring strong east to northeast winds beginning early Monday morning and lasting through the afternoon. These gusty winds will combine with very low humidity to produce a period of critical fire weather conditions resulting in a red flag warning in effect from 0500 to 1700 Monday.

– 8:40 pm. #BobcatFire – What happened today:

  • Today, fire crews continued to actively patrol searching out heat along the perimeter while monitoring containment lines in preparation of forecasted Santa Ana conditions later tonight. These conditions are forecasted to begin around 5:00 am Monday morning. They will bring increased temperatures, lower relative humidities, and increases to wind speed as well as a change in the wind direction, resulting in critical fire weather conditions tonight and into tomorrow.
  • The fire continued to remain active around the Mt. Lewis area where the fire made its way down to the bottom of the drainage. Crews were engaged in actions to stop the forward rate of spread.
  • The island of unburned fuels northwest of Mt. Wilson continued to consume.
  • No repopulation or lifting of any warnings occurred today. All orders remain the same.
  • Warmer and drier conditions occurred on the fire today, with a shift to north ridgetop winds.

– 12:15pm. #BobcatFIre – Someone placed this cardboard message in the Angeles National Forest:

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(Photo – Angeles_NF)

 

– 12:00 pm.#BobcatFire – Latest Update:

  • Fire rews will continue to actively monitor and patrol containment lines in preparation of forecasted Santa Ana conditions (conditions include increased temperatures, lower relative humidity, and increases in wind speed as well as a change in the wind direction). Changes will increase the chance of critical fire weather conditions that might occur late tonight and into tomorrow.
  • The island of unburned fuels northwest of Mount Wilson continues to burn out. Firefighters are actively monitoring and patrolling to make sure it does not move outside of the lines.
  • Fire activity remains around the Mt. Lewis area where the fire has made its way down to the bottom of the drainage. Crews are engaged in actions to stop the forward rate of spread.
  • Fire activity from Pinon Ridge to Dorr Canyon has moderated and crews continue to patrol and mop-up any residual heat sources.
  • Repopulation efforts continue with help from Los Angeles County Occupancy support.

Stats

The fire is approximately 114,103 acres with 65% containment. The cause is still under Investigation:

  • Resources Assigned: 1,427 personnel.
  • Engines: 129.
  • Handcrews: 24.
  • Helicopters: 15.
  • Dozers: 15.
  • Water tenders: 14.

Weather

Today, building high pressure will bring warmer and drier conditions, with a shift to northeast ridgetop winds. Santa Ana conditions will bring stronger east to northeast winds beginning early Monday morning and lasting through the afternoon. These gusty winds will combine with very low humidity to produce a period of critical fire weather conditions. As a result, A Fire Weather Watch is in effect on Monday for gusty Santa Ana winds and low relative humidity.

– 11:30 am. #BobcatFire – What happened last night:

Personnel worked to build on existing containment lines, mop-up and monitor the perimeter of the fire:

  • Heavy mop-up to the north of Mount Wilson to Highway 2 continued with personnel lining and plumbing hose to the area around Barley flats. Aircraft in conjunction with ground personnel continued to battle isolated heat remaining near Chilao.
  • Most of the northern end and eastern end of the fire near Highway 39 to the San Gabriel Dam of the fire has seen minimal fire activity and no movement. Crews continued to monitor the area for heat signatures.
  • To the south end, from Monrovia Canyon to Santa Anita Canyon, fire crews saw little to no heat signatures during mop-up. Yesterday, LA County Sheriff’s Department lifted evacuation warnings for selected areas in the Antelope Valley.

9/26/20

– 9:10 pm. A #Bobcatfire aircraft made an emergency landing near Highway 2 today due to mechanical issues. No injuries occurred and the pilots were able to safely land and inspect equipment.

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(Photo – Angeles_NF)

 

– 9:05 pm. #BobcatFire – Latest Update:

Tonight, fire crews will continue to actively monitor and patrol containment lines in preparation for a rise in forecasted temperatures and increased winds (see below,) resulting in critical fire weather conditions. Night resources will be placed around the Mt. Lewis area and southeastern perimeter of the fire to monitor and hold existing lines. Additional night resources will be available as they continue mop-up and cold trailing on the north end of the fire.

Stats

The fire is approximately 114,082 acres with 63% containment:

  • Resources Assigned: 1,427 personnel.
  • Engines: 129.
  • Handcrews: 24.
  • Helicopters: 15.
  • Dozers: 15.
  • Water tenders: 14.

Weather

Building high pressure will bring warmer and drier conditions tomorrow, as well as a shift to northeast ridgetop winds. Santa Ana conditions will bring stronger east to northeast winds beginning early Monday morning and lasting through the afternoon. These gusty winds will combine with very low humidity to produce a period of critical fire weather conditions. As a result, A Fire Weather Watch is in effect on Monday for gusty Santa Ana winds and low relative humidity.

– 9:00 pm. #BobcatFire – What happened today:

Earlier today, personnel worked to build on existing containment lines, mop-up and monitor the perimeter of the fire before forecasted critical weather conditions take place early next week:

  • Fire activity remained around the Mt. Lewis area where the fire has made its way down to the bottom of the drainage. Crews are looking at potential options to stop the forward rate of spread.
  • Fire activity from Pinon Ridge to Dorr Canyon has moderated and crews will remain to patrol and mop-up the area. Most of the northern end and eastern end of the fire near Highway 39 to the San Gabriel Dam of the fire has seen minimal fire activity. Crews continued to monitor the area for heat signatures.
  • Heavy mop-up to the north of Mount Wilson to Highway 2 continued today. Aircraft and crews continued to battle isolated heat remaining near Chilao. To the south end, from Monrovia Canyon to Santa Anita Canyon, fire crews saw little to no heat signatures during mop-up. A moderate Santa Ana wind event is forecasted for early next week. Fre crews will work to ensure priority areas remain ready.
  • Also today, LA County Sheriff’s Department lifted evacuation warnings for selected areas in the Antelope Valley. Repopulation efforts continue with help from Los Angeles County Occupancy support.

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– 12:00 pm. Latest Update:

Work continues on the northeastern corner of the fire around Dorr Canyon and Rock Creek Rd where the fire has reached the creek bottom. Personnel supported with aircraft will continue to hold and monitor containment lines and prepare for defensive strategic firing if conditions allow:

  • Around the fire’s perimeter, engines and crews will scout out then mop-up, patrol, monitoring and extinguishing any hot spots that may remain.
  • Continued efforts will be made today and tomorrow to securing the west side of the fire prior to a forecasted wind shift to the northeast on Sunday.
  • Residents will continue to see smoke from burning islands will within the perimeters. Engines will remain available in the north for smoke checks near the communities.
  • Evacuation orders for Antelope Valley areas were lifted and changed to warnings and previously evacuated residents in these areas were able to return home.
  • A moderate Santa Ana wins event is forecasted for early next week, fire crews will work to ensure priority areas remain ready.
  • Repopulation efforts continue with help from Los Angeles County Occupancy support.

Stats

The fire is approximately 114,004 acres with 61% containment. Cause is till under Investigation:

  • Resources Assigned: 1,554 personnel.
  • Engines: 147.
  • Handcrews: 27.
  • Helicopters: 15.
  • Dozers: 21.
  • Water tenders: 12.

– 11:30 am: What happened last night:

  • The northern portion of the fire near Mt. Lewis remained active with short runs and flare ups.
  • Overnight crews worked to monitor this area to ensure it did not cross Highway 2. To the north of Mount Wilson, and firefighters continued to add depth to the holding lines and monitoring internal heat islands.
  • In the north end, crews continued cold trailing and mopping up around structures. On the eastern perimeter of the fire activity remained low from Santa Anita Canyon to Mount Wilson.

9/25/20

– 9:30 pm:

Whenever something bad happens, keep calm, take a few deep breaths and shift the focus to something positive.
~ Roy T. Bennett

Have a safe evening.

– 9:15 pm. #BobcatFire – A significant heat wave with triple digit temperatures in Southern California will begin this Monday and continue throughout the week. The hot temperatures will create an environment that will be favorable for plume dominating fire conditions resulting in rapid and critical rates of spread.

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– 9:05 pm. #Bobcat Fire – Latest Update:

  • Fire crews will mop-up and patrol the perimeter of the fire tonight, monitoring and extinguishing hot spots that may remain.
  • Priority areas for tonight include Mount Wilson to Highway 2, Dorr Canyon and Rock Creek Rd area where crews will continue to hold and monitor containment lines, ensuring the fire does not cross any lines in preparation for moderate Santa Ana winds expected early next week.
  • Residents will continue to see smoke from burning islands will within the perimeters. Engines will remain available in the north for smoke checks near the communities.
  • A moderate Santa Ana wins event is forecasted for early next week, fire crews will work to ensure priority areas remain ready.

The fire grew to approximately 113,986 acres and still 55% contained:

  • Resources Assigned: 1,554 personnel.
  • Engines: 147.
  • Handcrews: 27.
  • Helicopters: 15.
  • Dozers: 21.
  • Water tenders: 12.

– 9:pm. #BobcatFire – What happened today:

  • The northern portion of the fire near Mt. Lewis remained active short runs and flare ups. Overnight crews will work to monitor this area to ensure it does not cross into Highway 2.
  • To the north of Mount Wilson, firefighters continued to add depth to the holding lines and monitoring internal heat islands. Firing operations may occur near Rock Creek Rd and the Manzanita Trail to strengthen dozer lines. In the north end, crews remain cold trailing and mop up around structures. On the eastern perimeter of the fire activity remains moderate, as well as Santa Anita Canyon to Mt. Wilson.
  • Evacuation orders for Antelope Valley areas were lifted and changed to warnings, previously evacuated residents in these areas were able to return home.
  • Repopulation efforts continue with help from Los Angeles County Occupancy support.

– 6:00 pm. #BobcatFire – Memorial for fallen USDA Forest Service firefighter Charles Edward Morton:

– 12: 00 pm. #BobcatFire – Latest update:

  • Fire crews will continue to prep and add additional depth to secure lines north of Mount Wilson and in the Northeast between Highway 2 and Big Rock Creek. These continued strategic firing operations are done to secure the fires perimeter from the fire making a run at the fire lines from unburned fuels within. Crew, engines, equipment and aircraft work in coordination to build holding lines, plumb the lines with water, and while firing aviation assets slow the movement of the main fire. West of Waterman Mt., firefighters will continue to focus on strengthening the lines where the Mount Wilson operation occurred.
  • A focus of the efforts today and tomorrow will be securing the west side of the fire before winds shift to the northeast Sunday. Engines will be available for smoke checks near the communities. Repopulation efforts continue with help from Los Angeles County Occupancy support.

The fire is approximately 113,986 acres with 55 % containment:

  • Resources assigned: 1,575 personnel.
  • Engines: 170.
  • Handcrews: 25.
  • Helicopters: 11.
  • Dozers: 19.
  • Water tenders: 10.

– 11:30 am. #BobcatFire – What happened last night:

Fire crews continued to work on holding and improving containment lines last night while securing the perimeter of the fire for hot spots and mop up around structures. Crews using minimum impact suppression techniques (MIST) completed a portion of the line on the western perimeter. Fire activity remained near Mount Waterman Ridge where crews worked on building direct handline.

9/24/20

– 9:00 pm. Meanwhile,

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– 8:50 pm. #BobcatFire – Latest Update:

Fire crews will work on holding and improving containment lines tonight while securing the perimeter of the fire for hot spots and mop up around structures. Crews and engines will continue to build line on the western perimeter from north perimeter south to the area near Chilao. Engines will also be available for smoke checks on the northern perimeter near the communities:

  • In Antelope Valley, crews will continue to secure line and mop up around structures.
  • The eastern and southern portions from Crystal Lake around to Mount Wilson remain “mop-up, monitor and patrol” status.

Stats

The fire size grew to approximately 113,986 acreswith 50% containment. Cause is still under investigation:

  • Resources Assigned: 1,575 personnel.
  • Engines: 170.
  • Handcrews: 25.
  • Helicopters: 11.
  • Dozers: 19.
  • Water tenders: 10.

Weather

  • Slightly cooler temperatures and slightly higher humidity is forecasted for Friday. On Saturday, strengthening high pressure will bring a stout warming and drying trend.

– 8:45 pm. #BobcatFire –   What happened today:

  • Crews and aircraft were successful in containing a small pocket of fuel north of Barley Flat Road where they will continue to monitor the area.
  • Fire activity remained near Mount Waterman Ridge where crews worked on building direct handline.
  • Firing operations continued at Mount Wilson and crews will remain there to monitor and patrol the area for hot spots.
  • Fire resources also continued to mop-up and patrol the Big Rock Creek Area where dozerline has been placed.
  • Crews continued monitoring and patrolling containment lines from Camp Trask all the way to Chantry Flat in Santa Anita Canyon.
  • Repopulation efforts for the Pasadena and Altadena areas.
  • Additionally, Clear, Sand, Ward and East Fork areas were repopulated today with help from Los Angeles County Occupancy support.

Weather

  • Warm and dry conditions continued across the fire today. Ridgetop winds varied from the south to west, with afternoon gusts into the 15-25 mph range.

– 2:30 pm. #BobcatFire – Fire crews and aircraft are currently working on containing a small pocket of fuel north of Barley Flat. Smoke will be visible to surrounding communities.

– 1:30 pm. A Repopulation Order, on September 24, 2020 at 2:00 pm, has been issued for residents in the East Fork Areas. Additionally, evacuation warnings for the residents of Altadena and Pasadena have been lifted.

– 1:00 pm. #BobcatFIre – Just In: Evacuation Warnings for the residents of Altadena and Pasadena have been lifted.

– 12:00 pm. #BobcatFire Community News:

  • Pasadena is still under an Evacuation Warning.
  • Altadena’s Evacuation Warning:
    All areas of Altadena that are north of Woodbury Drive and New York Drive, and east of the Hahamongna Watershed Park.
  • A repopulation order has been issued in Clear, Sand and Ward areas with “No Restrictions.”
  • Mano a Mano, a partnership between Pasadena Job Center, Pasadena Covenant Church, All Saints Church, Epicenter, Lake Avenue Church, and Pasadenans Organizing for Progress, is looking for few volunteers this Saturday. Click here to sign up.
  • L.A. County Fire Department CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) is currently working at the Juniper Hills Community Center to support Antelope Valley residents that have been affected by the fire. (Photo – @LACoFDPIO).

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– 11:30 am. #BobcatFore – Latest update:

Progress continues to be made on containment as the Bobcat Fire is now 50 percent:

  • One of the priorities today will be the northeastern corner of the fire from Highway 2 to Big Rock Creek Road, where crews will be working to construct a direct handline. If this is not feasible, they will prepare for strategic firing.
  • The areas where strategic firing took place north of Mount Wilson will continue to burn out today and if needed, and conditions warrant, aerial ignition will be used to increase the depth along Highway 2.
  • In the northwestern section of the fire, crews continue to construct a direct handline from Highway 2 to Little Rock Reservoir. This is a very steep and difficult country and It will take several days to accomplish this task.
  • In Antelope Valley, crews will continue to secure lines and mop up around structures.
  • The eastern and southern portions from Crystal Lake around to Mount Wilson remains ‘mop-up, monitor, and patrol’ status.
  • West of Highway 39 along the foothill communities, isolated heat is present along the interior of the containment line with no significant growth. The southern section remains ‘mop-up, monitor, and patrol’ status. Possible smoke and minor flames may be seen on the interior portions of the Southern Containment Lines today. Los Angeles County Occupancy support will be beginning today,

Stats

The fire is approximately 113,986 acres with containment of 50%:

  • Resources Assigned: 1,613 personnel.
  • Engines: 170.
  • Handcrews: 25.
  • Helicopters: 11.
  • Dozers: 23.
  • Water tenders: 10.

Road Closures

  • All roads leading into San Gabriel Canyon.
  • Hwy 39 is closed north of Azusa to SR 2.
  • SR 2 between Upper Big Tujunga Rd to Big Pines.
  • Upper Big Tujunga Road between SR 2 and Angeles Forest Highway.
  • Chantry Flat Road is closed.
  • Mount Wilson Road from SR 2 to Mt Wilson.
  • Fort Tejon / Valyermo Rd.
  • Valyermo Rd / Bob’s Gap Rd.
  • Big Pines Hwy / Largo Vista Rd.
  • Big Pines Hwy / Mescal Creek Rd.
  • Big Pines Hwy / Hwy 2.

 

9/23/20

– 9:30 pm. #BobcatFore – Tonight:

Fire crews will continue to fortify the areas that were strategically burned to improve containment while continue patrolling and mopping-up on hotpots near the fire line:

  • There may be additional strategic burning in areas where the fire continues to push North, East and to the West.
  • Personnel will be holding the portion of the line in the Northeast and big rock creek and monitor and patrol the area from big rock creek all the way south back to Mount Wilson. Structural engines will continue securing areas around structures. Dozers and hand crew will work though the evening completing handlines on direct and indirect lines in both the West and Eastern portions of the fireline.
  • Pasadena and Altadena remain under an Evacuation Warning.

– 9:00 pm. #BobcatFire – What happened today: The fire grew approximately to 113,733 acres with 39% containment. Tonight, there are 1,613 personnel assigned to it:

  • Engines: 170.
  • Handcrews: 25.
  • Helicopters: 11.
  • Dozers: 23.
  • Water tenders: 10.

Earlier today:

Much of the work today was focused on completing the strategic defensive firing operation from last night. Crews searched any remaining unburnt fuels and brought the containment line to HWY-2. Additionally, operations officials flew the fire near the 2009 Station Fire burn scar looking for any potential areas of concerns, however, they were able to construct handline directly near Red Box Picnic Area. Meanwhile, firefighters continued to patrol and monitor the containment lines near the foothill communities finding mostly cold containment line.

– 7:00 pm. Footage of El Dorado Fire Jumping HWY 38.

  • Just to give you an idea of what firefighters go through, below are footage taken by a helmet-cam mounted on a firefighter, of the El Dorado Fire in San Bernardino as the fire crossed over Hwy 38:

– 6:45 pm. #BobcatFire – Smoke advisories remain in place for parts of the South Coast Air Quality Management District and the Mojave Desert Air Quality District.

– 6:30 pm. #BobcatFire – We’ve heard this term many times since the fire started, so what is “Strategic Firing”? Click video below:

– 6:20 pm. #BobcatFire – The fire moved 2-4 acres past proposed containment lines near Barley Flat. Firefighters, however, were able to stop its advancement and build a containment line.

– 3:50 pm. #BobcatFire – The temporary Forest Closure Order has been extended until Thursday, October 1, 2020.

– 2:30 pm. #BobcatFire – Photo of the Day: Hwy 2 Is Still Closed, by Reg Green. (Click to read).

– 12:50 pm. #BobcatFire – A repopulation order has been issued on September 23, 2,020, at 1:00 pm for residents in  the Clear, Sand, and Ward areas.

Evacuation Orders have been lifted and changed to Warnings:

  • Clear Areas
    North of East Avenue W-14, South of Pearblossom Highway, East of 155th Street East, West of 165th Street East
  • Sand Areas
    North of Big Pine Highway and Highway 2, South of 138th Street East, East of Largo Vista Road, West of 263rd Street. The southwestern region of the Sand Area may have power outages.
  • Ward Areas
    North of Fort Tejon Road, South of East Avenue V, East of 87th Street East, West of 121st Street East

Crews are still working to fully control the fire. Please note, Unified Incident Commanders and cooperators continue to evaluate all evacuated areas for future repopulations. Soft closure residents must present identification to repopulate. Livestock and animals are allowed to repopulate.

Safety

There are many hazards that may exist when returning to your home after a wildfire. These hazards can include fire ash, damaged utilities, exposed and burned structures, as well as hazardous materials. To protect yourself from these hazards, it is important to utilize personal protective equipment that can include breathing protection (N-95 rated respirators), protective clothing, gloves, and boots, as well as eye/face protection. For more information on returning safely to your home after a wildfire, call the National Forest Service Hotline: (626) 574-5208.

– 12:45 pm. As of Sept. 23, 2020, over 18,200 firefighters continue to battle 26 major wildfires in California. The latest numbers on all active wildland fires:

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– 12:30 pm. A field damage assessment is ongoing for structures that are located within the footprint of the #BobcatFire. Updated results of this inventory can be found at this link(This assessment is ongoing and subject to change).

– 12:15 pm. #BobcatFire – Today, the fire grew to approximately 113,307 acres. Containment is 38%. Cause is still under Investigation:

  • Resources assigned: 1,556 personnel.
  • Engines: 187.
  • Handcrews: 19.
  • Helicopters: 11.
  • Dozers: 20.
  • Water tenders: 9.

The focus today will be on the northeastern corner of the fire along Highway 2 and the valley floor. If crews determine that direct line is not feasible, they will be preparing for additional strategic firing along Highway 2 to stop fire movement northeast towards Wrightwood.

  • Fire crews will be constructing direct line south from Littlerock and north from Highway 2.
  • Firefighters will be working North of Mount Wilson to strengthen the lines where strategic firing was completed last night.
  • The foothills communities can expect to see smoke in this area today as the interior burns out and aerial ignition may be used to help this process along. The lower eastern through the southern perimeter remains in patrol status.

– 12:00 pm. #BobcatFire – What happened last night.

Fire activity was reduced yesterday compared to the previous days and some critical work was accomplished:

  • Strategic firing from Mount Wilson down to the Redbox Road and then east along Highway 2 back into the fire perimeter was completed last night.
  • A significant portion of the fireline in the Antelope Valley was classified as contained as a result of the work that has been done in this area and crews continued to secure areas around structures.
  • Indirect fireline has been completed for the northwestern edge of the fire.

9/22/20

– 8:00 pm. #BobcatFire – Who’s on Evacuation Warning and who’s on Evacuation Order?

Evacuation Warnings:

  • Pasadena.
  • Altadena.
  • Wrightwood.
  • South of Pearblossom Hwy, East and North of Angeles Forest Hwy, North and West of Mt. Emma Rd., East and South of Hwy 122, and West of Cheseboro Rd.
  • South of Hwy 2, North of Blue Ridge Truck Trail, East of Hwy 39, and West of the Los Angeles Co. border.
  • South of Ave U-8, North of East Ave W-14, East of 121st East, and West of 155th St East. (Longview).
  • South of Pearblossom Hwy (Hwy 138), South and East of Pearblossom Hwy (Hwy 122), North and West of Mt. Emma Rd., North and East of Angeles Forest Hwy, and West of Cheseboro Rd. (Emma).
  • South of Mt. Emma Rd., North of Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Rd., East of Angeles Forest Highway, and West of Pacifico Mountain.
  • Littlerock: East of Cheseboro Road, South of Pearblossom Hwy, North of Weber Ranch Rd, West of 87th St E.

Evacuation Orders:

  • South and West of Upper Big Tujunga.
  • East of Angeles Forest Hwy.
  • North of Angeles Crest Hwy.
  • Residences along Angeles Crest Highway, between Angeles Forest Highway and Highway 39.
  • The unincorporated areas of Juniper Hills, Devils Punch Bowl, and Paradise Springs.
  • The unincorporated areas of Crystal Lake, East Fork of the San Gabriel River, and Camp Williams.
  • South of Hwy 138, North of Big Rock Creek, East of 87th St East, and West of Largo Vista Rd.
  • South of 138th St. East, North of Big Pine Hwy and Hwy 2, East of Largo Vista Rd., and West of 263rd St. East.
  • South of Hwy 138, North of East Ave W-14, East of 155th St East, and West of 165th St. East.

– 7:45 pm. The #BobcatFire grew to approximately 112,053 acres with 17% containment. Resources Assigned: 1,556 personnel:

  • Engines: 187.
  • Handcrews: 19.
  • Helicopters: 11.
  • Dozers: 20.
  • Water tenders: 9.

– 7:40 pm. #BobcatFire – Tonight: Strategic Firing operations will continue into the evening from Mount Wilson to the Redbox Road as favorable weather conditions allow. Crews, engines and equipment continue to strengthen containment lines, patrol, and mop up hot areas near the fire perimeter.

– 3:40 pm – The #BobcatFire has now burned approx. 109,271 acres and is one of the largest fires in Los Angeles County history. It has surpassed the Woolsey Fire of 2018, which burned 96,949 acres, and is behind the Station Fire of 2009, which burned 160,577 acres.

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– 3:30 pm. #BobcatFire – From the Angeles National Forest:

The defensive firing operation is going well at Mt. Wilson. They’re using aerial ignitions to increase the buffer between HWY 2 near Barley Flat to Big Tujunga Rd.

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(Photo – Angeles_NF)

 

– 1:30 pm. #BobcatFire Did What Virus Couldn’t -By Reg Green. (Click to read here).

– 12:35 pm. – Hello Echo!
Meet Echo (shown with her handler and Firefighter, Jake Windell). Echo is a Peer Support comfort dog with the L.A. County Fire Department, where she’s assigned to the #BobcatFire. Her job is to offer comfort to de-stress firefighters and personnel that have spent countless hours working on keeping us safe.

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(Photo- @LACoFDPIO)

 

– 12:25 pm. The #BobcatFire is approximately 109,271 acres with 17% containment: The cause is still under investigation. Resources assigned:

  • Personnel: 1,513.
  • Engines: 185.
  • Handcrews: 24.
  • Helicopters: 6.
  • Dozers: 18.
  • Water tenders: 11.

– 12: 20 pm. LA County Residents near the #BobcatFire will see a large plume of smoke near Mount Wilson. This is from a strategic defensive operation in the area as crew operation will bring the fire’s edge to HWY 2 ensuring it won’t jump the HWY.

– 12:10 pm. #BobcatFire –   With the forecasted weather conditions today, similar fire activity is expected to yesterday:

  • The defensive strategic firing operation to secure line between Mt. Wilson and Highway 2 will continue and should be completed today.
  • North of Highway 2 on the west side of the fire crews will look for opportunities to construct both indirect and direct line to check the westward spread of the fire and carry out structure defense as needed.
  • In the Antelope Valley, crews will continue to construct direct line on the fire’s edge and mop up.
  • On the northeastern corner of the fire, crews will be looking for opportunities to construct line to stop any further spread to the east.
  • The south side and Highway 39 corridor continues to be in mop up and patrol status.
  • The fire is 109,271 acres and has improved containment of 17%.

– 12:00 pm. #BobcatFire – What happened yesterday:

Yesterday the fire remained active in the western, northern, and southwestern portions. Last night personnel were successful picking up numerous spots. Yesterday evacuations were issued for the areas near Colby Ranch and Hidden Springs where crews worked to prepare structures and build contingency lines. Crews began a strategic firing operation moving north from Mt. Wilson to Highway 2 that continued throughout the night. Minimal fire activity occurred on the southern and eastern sides from Mt. Wilson around to Crystal Lake.

9/21/20

– 10:00 pm. As the last day of summer gives way to the first day of fall, this quote comes to mind:

Fall …The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.

~ Lauren DeStefano

Have a safe night.

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Pasadena in the fall

– 9:45 pm. Just to get your mid a bit away from the #BobcatFire, check this newly published article: “Ever Wished You’ve Experienced Pasadena in the 1920’s?” by Jeannette Bovard. (Click here to read).

– 9:40 pm. #BobcatFire – What Happened Today:

  • The fire remained active in the western, northern, and southwestern portions.
  • New evacuations were issued for the areas near Colby Ranch and Hidden Springs where crews worked to prepare structures and build contingency lines.
  • The area around Mount Wilson experienced unfavorable wind conditions through the afternoon delaying strategic firing operations.
  • Fire crews worked on the fire perimeter near Pinon Ridge where there was increased fire activity. Additionally, near Dawson Saddle saw increased activity as the fire pushed to Hwy 2 where resources remained in place.
  • There was minimal fire activity on the eastern flank from Crystal Lake down to the San Gabriel Reservoir.
  • On the southern perimeter, crews continued mop up and maintain existing containment lines.

– 2:25 pm. #BobcatFIre – These communities are still under an “Evacuation Warning”:

  • City of Pasadena.
  • Altadena and Wrightwood (Unincorporated communities).
  • South of Pearblossom Hwy, East and North of Angeles Forest Hwy, North and West of Mt. Emma Rd., East and South of Hwy 122, and West of Cheseboro Rd.
  • South of Hwy 2, North of Blue Ridge Truck Trail, East of Hwy 39, and West of the Los Angeles Co. border.
  • South of Ave U-8, North of East Ave W-14, East of 121st East, and West of 155th St East. (Longview).
  • South of Pearblossom Hwy (Hwy 138), South and East of Pearblossom Hwy (Hwy 122), North and West of Mt. Emma Rd., North and East of Angeles Forest Hwy, and West of Cheseboro Rd. (Emma).
  • South of Mt.  Emma Rd., North of Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Rd., East of Angeles Forest Highway, and West of Pacifico Mountain.
  • Littlerock: East of Cheseboro Road, South of Pearblossom Hwy, North of Weber Ranch Rd, West of 87th St E.

– 9:00 pm. This is what we know so far:

  • The #BobcatFire grew to approximately 106,179 acres and down to 13% containment.
  • Crews will attempt to take advantage of moderate weather conditions to continue strategic firing operations overnight.
  • New evacuations were issued for areas near Colby Ranch and Hidden Springs where crews worked to prepare structures and build contingency lines.

– 6:52 pm. We just had the last sunset of summer 2020.

– 6:30 pm. #BobcatFire Virtual Meeting for Sept. 21 (click here to watch on YouTube):

– 6:20 pm. #BobcatFire – A Red Cross LA spokesperson will be speaking at the town hall tonight with Incident Command to update the public about the evacuation point and services we are offering. We will attempt to carry it live here and on our Facebook Page.

– 4:40 pm. #BobcatFire – Caltrans (Dist. 7) crew was seen removing a fallen tree on Route 2 to allow emergency vehicle access.

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Bobcat Fire (Photo – Caltrans)

 

– 3:55 pm. From La Cañada Flintridge:

The Bobcat fire is producing a plume of smoke visible from La Cañada Flintridge. We are constantly monitoring the situation and maintaining open lines of communication with our Public Safety partners. La Cañada Flintridge is not under any warnings at this time.

– 3:45 pm. #BobcatFire – One of the tankers is experiencing a technical problem with its landing gear door, and it’s heading back to San Bernardino International Airport for assessment and fixing.

– 3:40 pm. Just In – “Evacuation Order” is in effect for the #BobcatFire areas:

  • South and West of Upper Big Tujunga.
  • East of Angeles Forest Hwy.
  • North of Angeles Crest Hwy.

– 3:35 pm. The #BobCatFire continues to show plume dominated with brief periods of extreme fire behavior, mainly in the afternoon hours. Weather: SCE. 3:00 pm winds in the area S-SE 5-10 mph. with Relative Humidity 30-35%.

– 3:30 pm. From the City of Arcadia:

Plumes of smoke could be seen behind the foothill mountains today. There is no fire threat to the city. The smoke is coming from Mt. Wilson where #BobcatFire crews continue to use defensive strategic operations in the area.

– 3:15 pm. – Los Angeles County Fire Department:

#BobcatFire is making a hard push at Mt. Wilson. Strategic defensive operations are beginning from Mt. Wilson to the west.

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(Photo – Brian Lugo, Bobcat IC Crew 12)

– 2:35 pm. #BobcatFire – An “Evacuation Warning” has been issued for the residents in the following areas:

  • South and West of Upper Big Tujunga.
  • East of Angeles Forest Freeway.
  • North of Angeles Crest Freeway.

If you have not already done so, gather your family, pets, important papers, medications, and any emergency supplies, and be prepared to evacuate the area “if ordered.” If your family must split up, determine a designated meeting place to account for every member.

– 1:30 pm. #BobcatFire – An update from Mount Wilson Observatory superintendent:

The Observatory remains safe at this time. There are still some hotspots scattered around the southwest side of the containment line. A majority of the engines made their way down this morning to another Dropzone.

– 12:56 pm. #BobcatFire – The flare up as seen in Monrovia, Sept. 21, 12:00 pm (Photo – Ann Hunnewell).

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The flare up as seen in Monrovia, Sept. 21, 12:00 pm (Photo – Ann Hunnewell)

 

– 12:00 pm. What you hear in the sky is aircraft, along with engines and hand crews, currently working on picking up spot fires to the north of Mount Wilson.

– 11:30 am. #BobcatFire –   Earlier today, a fixed-wing aircraft was grounded due to a drone incursion. If drones are spotted, firefighting aircraft must stay grounded until the area is cleared.

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– 11:25 am. #BobcatFire – Weather:

We are in the middle of a cooling trend that will last through mid-week. Humidity today will be in the low teens, except on higher ridgetops, where it may reach single digits. This morning winds will be from the east and then switch around to the south to southeast in the afternoon. Wind gusts will be 20 to 30 mph on the ridge tops and less at lower elevations.

– 11:20 am. #BobcatFire – The Bobcat Fire is approximately 105,345 acres with 15% containment. There are currently 1,718 personnel assigned:

  • Engines: 227.
  • Handcrews: 25.
  • Helicopters: 6.
  • Dozers: 18.
  • Water tenders: 10.

– 11:15 am. Climate Crisis is Real – National Fire News:

  • Currently, 78 large fires have burned 3.9 million acres.
  • Nearly 32,000 firefighters and support personnel are assigned to wildfires across the West.
  • To date, 43,598 wildfires have burned 6,982,242 acres, which is above 10-year average.

– 11:05 am. – #BobcatFire – Today:

  • On the southern perimeter, there was a flare up this morning at SR-2/Mount Wilson Red Box Road (PM 40). Fire crews will continue securing the line between Mount Wilson and Highway 2. Defensive strategic firing operations may occur today to slow the growth of the fire.
  • On the northern end of the fire’s perimeter towards Antelope Valley, firefighters are constructing both direct and indirect line to stop the fire from spreading to the east and west.
  • Both hand and dozer line construction continues on the eastern and western flanks.
  • Throughout the fire, additional work continues on holding and improving fireline.
  • There will a virtual meeting tonight at 6L30 pm. It’ll be live-streamed on the Bobcat Fire YouTube channel, and on the Los Angeles County Fire Department Facebook page.

– 11:00 am. – #BobcatFire – What Happened Yesterday:

The fire west of Mt. Wilson made a northerly push towards Highway 2, firefighters were able to keep it in check. The north end towards the Antelope Valley continued to grow to both the west and east. The fire remained relatively quiet along the Highway 39 corridor and along the south side.

9/20/20

11:30 pm. – As we count the garden by the flowers not the leaves that fall, let’s count our life with smiles and not the tears that roll.

Have a safe and peaceful night.

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An Erickson Aero Tanker making a drop Sunday afternoon on Mount Wilson (Photo – Angeles_NF).

 

– 9:15 pm. Angeles Helitack Night Copter 531 is flying over the #BobcatFire tonight assisting ground crews with structure protection on Mount Wilson along with two other helicopters from Los Angeles County Fire Air Operations.

– 8:57 pm. Meanwhile, Pasadena City College’s 2021 Winter Intersession and Spring semester will be mostly online, with limited face-to-face instruction.

– 8:45 pm. – The #BobcatFire grew today to approximately 103,135 acres with 15% containment.

– 8:40 pm. #BobcatFire Evacuation Warnings are still in effect for the following:

  • City of Pasadena.
  • Unincorporated communities of Altadena and Wrightwood.
  • South of Pearblossom Hwy, East and North of Angeles Forest Hwy, North and West of Mt. Emma Rd., East and South of Hwy 122, and West of Cheseboro Rd.
  • South of Hwy 2, North of Blue Ridge Truck Trail, East of Hwy 39, and West of the Los Angeles Co. border.
  • South of Ave U-8, North of East Ave W-14, East of 121st East, and West of 155th St East.
  • South of Pearblossom Hwy (Hwy 138), South and East of Pearblossom Hwy (Hwy 122), North and West of Mt. Emma Rd., North and East of Angeles Forest Hwy, and West of Cheseboro Rd.
  • South of Mt.  Emma Rd., North of Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Rd., East of Angeles Forest Highway, and West of Pacifico Mountain.

– 8:30 pm. #BobcatFIre – What happened today:

Today, crews and equipment continued to build and strengthen lines to protect communities to the north of the fire.

  • The fire continued to have active fire behavior near the San Gabriel Wilderness Area and made a push towards Highway 2. Fire crews used strategic firing to hold the lines. In the south a spot fire in Santa Anita Canyon near Chantry Flat spot was picked up early this afternoon. Crews successfully surrounded it with a hose lay and handline.
  • The fire held west of Highway 39 from Crystal Lake to the San Gabriel Reservoir where crews will continue to monitor and hold containment lines.
  • Previously installed containment lines on the south end held well and crews will continue to monitor for hotspots.
  • The northern portion around Mt. Wilson remained active today where they will continue to use strategic firing and direct handline to protect infrastructure.
  • This evening the area north of Mount Wilson picked up and made a run at Hwy 2, resources are in place.
  • There will be a Virtual Community Meeting on Monday, September 21, 2020 at 6:30 pm. It’ll be live-streamed on:
    • Bobcat Fire YouTube channel.
    • Los Angeles County Fire Department Facebook page.

– 7:30 pm. #BobcatFire – Fire activity north of Mount Wilson continues to push north towards Highway 2. Crews and equipment are on scene. Photo – HPWREN).

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– 7:20 pm. #BobcatFire – From Rich Thompson, IMET with NWS Los Angeles/Oxnard:

Expect active fire behavior overnight with marginal RH recovery and some continued wind. Division D and the area around Mt Wilson will be main focus of firefight.

– 6:20 pm. #BobcatFire- Fire crews successfully picked up a spot fire in Santa Anita Canyon near Chantry where they surrounded it with a hose lay and handline was installed. Crews continued to battle fire to protect Mount Wilson, where they utilized strategic firing and direct handline.

– 6:15 pm. #BobcatFire – There will be a Virtual Community Meeting on Monday, September 21, 2020 at 6:30 pm. It’ll be live-streamed on:

  • Bobcat Fire YouTube channel.
  • Los Angeles County Fire Department Facebook page.

– 5:45 pm. #BobcatFire – Air Quality is Unhealthy in Parts of Los Angeles County: (Click here for details).

– 4:35 pm. These aircraft are currently assigned to the #BobcatFire:

  • 5 large air tankers.
  • 2 very large air tankers.
  • 8 copters.
  • 3 helitankers.

– 4:30 pm. #BobcatFire – As the fire makes a run near Mount Wilson towards Hwy 2, multiple aircraft are en route to that location to reinforce existing retardant lines.

– 3:30 pm. #BobcatFIre “Evacuation Warning”:

  • North of Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Rd.
  • South of Mt Emma Rd.
  • East of Angeles Forest Hwy.
  • West of Pacifico Mountain.

– 2:30 pm. #BobcatFire Update:

  • The small brush fire above Chantry Flat has been extinguished and crews are working to clear hot spots in the area.
  • Another flare-up has occurred several miles away near the Cogswell Dam area and smoke can be seen from Arcadia. Bobcat Incident Command has fire crews working to gain control of this area.

– 1:50 pm. #BobcatFire continues to have active fire behavior near the San Gabriel Wilderness Area. The fire is making a push towards Hwy 2. In the northeastern section, direct line is being put in to stop forward progression of the fire.

– 1:30 pm. #BobcatFire – Mount Wilson Observatory’s mountain superintendent, David Cendejas, went up the mountain and shared this picture. The pink is fire retardant sprinkled along the route.

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– 1:15 pm. #BobcatFire – Crews are en route to 1/4-acre spot at Chantry Flat, 1/4 miles above the construction site at Chantry Road (Photo – @Angeles_NF).

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– 12:15 pm. #BobcatFire –   A flare up has occurred on the road to Chantry Flat above Sierra Madre:

  • About 1/4 to 1/2 acre in size.
  • L.A. County Fire Department helicopters and ground units from Sierra Madre, Arcadia and Monrovia are on scene.
  • There is no change in alert status at this time.
  • Residents are urged to remain alert for any additional evacuation orders or warnings that may be issued.

– 12:10 pm. #BobcatFire siize is approximately 99,428 acres (as of 8:00 am) with 15% containment. The cause is till under Investigation. Resources Assigned: 1,686 personnel:

  • Engines: 215.
  • Handcrews: 25.
  • Helicopters: 6.
  • Dozers: 18.
  • Water tenders: 10.

– 12:00 pm. #BobcatFire spawns a fire whirl, ‘smokenado,’ near Big Pine amid strong winds:

– 11:55 am. #BobcatFire – The National Weather Service Los Angeles
is expecting critical fire weather conditions today and Monday. There will be gusty winds and low humidity. This can cause extreme fire conditions.

– 11:45 am. #BobcatFire – Latest updates:

  • Fire crews will be looking for ways to better secure the line between Mt. Wilson and Highway 2 to eliminate the threat to that area. Aside from Mt. Wilson, the fire remained quiet from Crystal Lake all the way around the south end back up to Highway 2. The Firing operation near Highway 39 and West of San Gabriel Valley Reservoir is holding. There are some hot spots above the City of Monrovia, however, fire crews are mopping the area up. The Ranch2 and Fish Fire Burn scar area above Duarte continues to have little to no movement.  
  • Today’s priorities are to continue work on the control lines. These lines are being built in the northeastern and northwestern portions of the fire in order to stop the forward progression.
  • Firefighters will continue to mop up and secure the areas around structures where the fire burned into Antelope Valley and Juniper Hills.
  • They will also be looking for ways to secure the line between Mt. Wilson and Highway 2 to eliminate the threat to that area.
  • Pasadena and Altadena remain under an “Evacuation Warning”.
  • The weather today will me mostly clear with areas of smoke and temperatures will be steady throughout the day. Humidity will drop into the teens again and winds will remain southerly, with the strongest winds occurring in the northern portion of the fire again. A warming and drying trend is expected for mid-week.

– 11:30 am. #BobcatFire – What happened yesterday:

  • Additional evacuations were ordered for residents in the Antelope Valley yesterday. Yesterday and into the night the fire remained active due to windy conditions, especially on the north end. Over the evening the fire did moderate some and work started on direct lines.
  • Mt. Wilson also had successful aircraft operations last night boxing in the head of the fire.
  • Earthquake update – The USGS is saying that yesterday’s Magnitude 4.5 appears to be another of the deep “high stress drop” quakes that we sometimes see in the Los Angeles area. The 2008 (M5.5) Chino Hills quake was another. These quakes typically have relatively strong shaking but few aftershocks.

 

9/19/20

– 9:25 pm. #BobcatFire. This is what we know so far: Size is approximately 93,842 acres. Percent Contained: 15%. Resources Assigned: 1,686:

  • Personnel Engines: 216.
  • Handcrews: 25.
  • Helicopters: 6.
  • Dozers: 18.
  • Water tenders: 10.

– 9:06 pm. #BobcatFire – What happened today.

  • The fire grew to 93,842 acres with 15 % containment.
  • Evacuation warnings were lifted for Arcadia, Sierra Madre, Monrovia, Duarte, and Bradbury, but were not lifted for Pasadena and Altadena.
  • Progress was made on holding containment lines on the south end of the fire.
  • Heavy fire activity took place to the north end of the fire where crews worked on constructing indirect line from the north east coming to the south, as well as the north west coming to the south. Dozerline is being constructed to cut the fire off, this work is starting at Camp Singing Pines heading north.
  • On the east end, a slopover was picked up across the East Fork Bridge. Smoke from unburned islands in the East Fork Area were visible to surrounding communities.
  • Along the Highway 39 corridor, crews continue securing and mopping up the area.
  • Fire continues to progress to the northeast around Mt. Wilson. Tonight, crews will work to secure the area. Residents are urged to remain alert for any additional evacuation orders or warnings that may be issued.

– 6:55 pm. #BobcatFire – Clarification:

  • Pasadena and Altadena remain under Evacuation Warning Orders.

– 6:45 pm. #BobcatFIre – The lifting of Evacuation Warnings in the foothill communities does not mean the fire is 100% contained. There will still be smoke coming from the hillside and the air quality will continue to range between moderate and unhealthy for the next few days. Residents are asked to remain vigilant and have a plan in place, should the situation changes.

– 6:30 pm. #BobcatFire – Defensive firing operations are about to begin on the North side of Mt. Wilson to mitigate the fire hooking around the NE corner of the mountain. This will tie it into existing retardant line. There is a good window of opportunity with favorable conditions.

– 4:30 pm. #BobcatFire – New Evacuation Warnings.

  • Wildfire is near the area N of Mt. Emma Road. Those nearby should get set for potential evacuation: S of Pearblossom Hwy, W of Cheseboro Road, E and N of Angeles Forest Highway, E & S 122 Highway , N & W of Mt. Emma Road.

– 4:25 pm. #BobcatFire – C.A.R.E. (a no-kill Sanctuary for abandoned cats and dogs near Palmdale) is pleading for help:

Emergency Volunteers Needed!
Our no-kill Sanctuary is located in Littlerock, CA close to Palmdale. We may need to evacuate our animals tomorrow, Sunday, because of the approach of the Bobcat fire. mail@care4pets.org or phone 818 842-5500 if you can help.

– 4:00 pm. #BobcatFire – “Evacuation Warnings” Lifted:

As of 4:00 pm today, Evacuation Warnings have been lifted in the cities of Monrovia, Bradbury, Sierra Madre (including Red Flag parking restrictions), Arcadia, and Duarte. Incident Command and representatives from each community believe that the Bobcat Fire is no longer a potential threat to life and/or property in these cities.

– 2:28 pm. #BobcatFire – The Unified Incident Command Teams just ordered an Evacuation Order for residents in:

  • South of 138th St East, North of Big Pine Hwy and Hwy 2, West of 263rd East, East of Largo Vista Rd.

– 2:25 pm. All monks at St. Andrew’s Abbey, a Benedictine monastery, have been asked to evacuate. The Abbey is located in Valyermo, in the Mojave Desert.

– 12:05pm. #BobcatFire – Foothill Communities Air quality:

According to the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) forecast, air quality will be unhealthy on Saturday, September 19. Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups/Individuals in:

  • West San Gabriel Valley.
  • East San Gabriel Valley.
  • West San Fernando Valley.
  • Santa Clarita Valley.
  • San Gabriel Mountains.

Los Angeles County Health Officer, Muntu Davis, MD, MPH, advises people living or working in the these areas with heart disease, asthma or other respiratory diseases to minimize outdoor activities.

Children who have sensitive conditions, including heart disease, asthma, and other chronic respiratory diseases, should not participate in outdoor physical activity and should stay indoors as much as possible.

– 12:00 pm. Today, there are 19,000 firefighters battling 27 major wildfires statewide. Latest wildfire stats in California:

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– 11:50 am. #BobcatFire – Temperatures will be slightly diminished today with highs in the 80’s and 90’s. Winds will continue to be very strong with forecasted gusts up to 25mph. Relative humidities continue to be in the teens and single digits.

– 11:45 am. #BobcatFIre Latest update:

  • No additional strategic aerial firing will be occurring today near the San Gabriel Reservoir. Large pockets of unburned islands of fuel remain within the perimeter that will be actively burning and producing smoke throughout the day.
  • Fire crews will focus on securing the fire’s perimeter in the north in an effort to stop any additional spread, especially to the communities in the northeast and northwest. On the southern perimeter personnel also continue to mop up to the extent necessary to ensure there is no further impact to structures.
  • In the west, crews will continue to protect Mt. Wilson and Chilao. Along the Highway 39 corridor crews will be securing and mopping up where the strategic firing occurred yesterday. It is very important to be alert for any additional evacuation orders or warnings that might take place today due to forecasted gusty winds.

– 11:30 am. #BobcatFire – What happened last night:

The fire grew to approximately 91,017 acres with 15% containment. Yesterday the fire was very active due to the very windy conditions. It reached Juniper Hills and the adjacent communities, homes were threatened and impacted. A strategic firing operation occurred to establish a secure line between the Ranch 2 Fire scar and Highway 39. Elsewhere on the fire crews had success improving and securing lines.

– 1:00 am. Here are four steps to be prepared for an earthquake:

  • Get an earthquake kit
  • Make A Plan
    Plan effectively for you and your family in case of an emergency.
  • Be Informed
    Understand which disasters are likely to occur in your area and what you must know to stay safe.
  • Learn CPR (and join your local CERT if possible).

– 12:40 am. From USGS: What we think will happen next?

According to our forecast, over the next 1 Week there is a 5 % chance of one or more aftershocks that are larger than magnitude 4.6. It is likely that there will be smaller earthquakes over the next 1 Week, with 0 to 11 magnitude 3 or higher aftershocks. Magnitude 3 and above are large enough to be felt near the epicenter. The number of aftershocks will drop off over time, but a large aftershock can increase the numbers again, temporarily.

– 12:35 am. Aftershock Forecast from USGS: Be ready for more earthquakes.

  • More earthquakes than usual (called aftershocks) will continue to occur near the mainshock.
  • When there are more earthquakes, the chance of a large earthquake is greater which means that the chance of damage is greater.
  • The USGS advises everyone to be aware of the possibility of aftershocks, especially when in or around vulnerable structures such as unreinforced masonry buildings. In an earthquake, remember to: Drop, Cover, and Hold on.

– 12:15 am.  No early reports of significant damage or injury.

9/18/20

– 11:50 pm. Los Angeles County Battalion Chiefs are currently conducting role call and assessments of each battalion, Helicopters are checking neighborhoods for any possible damage.

– 11:40 pm. UPDATED: Estimated magnitude 4.5 earthquake WSW of South El Monte, CA.

– 10:30 pm. A photo of #Bobcatfire from LAX Tower taken in the afternoon of Sept. 18, 2020. Lenticular clouds developed across the San Gabriel Mountains, which could be an indication of turbulent wind gusts around 45 mph near the ridges. (Click to enlarge. Photo – William Reid @stormbruiser).

Have a safe night.

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(Photo – William Reid @stormbruiser).

 

– 10:10 pm. #BobcatFire – Latest Update.

The fire grew to approximately 72,757 acres with 15% containment. The cause is still under Investigation.  Assigned resources are 1,663 personnel:

  • Engines: 215.
  • Handcrews: 29.
  • Helicopters: 6.
  • Dozers: 16.
  • Water tenders: 8.

The foothill communities remain in an evacuation warning (be prepared and ready).

– 10:00 pm. #BobcatFire – What Happened Today?

  • Numerous evacuation orders and warnings were issued today as the fire continued to make an aggressive push on the north, western and eastern edge. Fire resources worked diligently to slow the rate of spread into the front country of the desert. Structure protection remains in place for eminently threatened and impacted structures.
  • On the east edge of the fire, strategic aerial firing was utilized to strengthen containment lines and slow eastern fire progression. Plastic Sphere Dispenser machines were used in the area from the San Gabriel Reservoir north along Hwy 39. Evacuation warnings were issued for the East Fork area.
  • On the western edge near Chilao, dozers worked to pick up fire spread across Highway 2. Retardant was placed around Mt. Wilson as the fire spotted west and air resources helped strengthen lines and keep lines in check. In the southern edge, fire crews worked on locating remaining hotspots and holding the edge.
  • Strong and gusty southerly winds impacted the fire today. Wind gusts up to 40 MPH were reported in some spots, mainly across northern sections of the fire. Afternoon temperatures were very warm with low humidity. The combination of the winds, as well as the warm and dry conditions, allowed for very active fire behavior today.
  • Retardant was placed around Mt. Wilson as the fire spotted west and air resources helped strengthen lines and keep lines in check.

– 8:00 pm. #BobcatFire – At this time winds have diminished on the desert floor. All air tankers have been released for the night. 5 Copters from LACoFD remain committed to the incident with a 6th USFS Copter joining shortly. All will be working the north side of the fire on the desert floor.

– 7:55 pm. Today, there are 18,500 firefighters battling 27 major wildfires statewide:

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– 7:30 pm. #BobCatFire – There was extreme fire behavior due to gusty sw winds with peak gusts of 40-50 mph at higher ridges of the San Gabriel Mountains today and in the 30s across the southern of the Antelope Valley foothills.

– 7:00 pm. #BobcatFire – Evacuation Order has been issued for South of Avenue V, North of Fort Tejon Rd, West of 121st East, East of 87th St, East.

– 6:00 pm. #BobcatFire – If you need a safe place for your four-legged friend, contact L.A. County Animal Care at (562) 940-6898: They have trailers to transport them to shelter. Large animals go to Antelope Valley Fairgrounds and small animals go to the Palmdale Animal Care Center.

– 5:46 pm. #BobcatFire – On the western edge near Chilao there’s been a slopover on Hwy 2, dozers are working to pick it up. Continued winds in the north pushed the fire into the front county of desert. An active firefight continues, aircraft use is hindered by smoke and heavy winds.

– 5:45 pm. Smoke Advisory Extended:

  • Unhealthy Air Quality Declared due to Smoke from Wildfires Burning in the Region.

– 5:30 pm. #BobcatFire – Evacuation Order has been Issued for the following areas:

  • South of Pearblossom Hwy.
  • North of Big Pines Hwy.
  • West of Largo Vista Rd.
  • East of 165th St East.

– 5:00 pm. Our special “Note to Self” tribute to Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg:

a quote from Ruth Bader Ginsburg

– 4:30 pm. #BobcatFire continues to make an aggressive push into the Juniper Hills area where structures are being eminently threatened and impacted. Aircraft, crews and equipment are in a firefight and continue to do all they can to reduce the fire spread.

– 4:00 pm. #BobcatFire – Evacuation Order has been issued for:

  • South of Fort Tejon Rd, West of Longview Rd, North of Colley Pl, and East of 89th St East.
  • South of East Ave W-14. West of 165th St East, North of Tumbleweed Rd. and East of Longview Rd.

– 2:40 pm. There are currently 2 lead planes, 3 helitankers, and 8 helicopters dropping water and retardant on the active edges of the #BobcatFire.

2:30 pm. Reports of air tankers dropping retardant in the area west of Mount Wilson.

2:25 pm. #BobcatFIre – The fire in the Fish Fire and Ranch2 burn scar has had little to no movement. Fire Crews are cold trailing that area and hope to have it contained soon. Cold Trailing is a method of controlling smoldering forest fires by feeling the edge of a burning area with hand crews and digging out or trenching round burning spots.

– 2:00 pm. #BobcatFire – This is what we know so far. There are 1,300 assigned Engines:

  • 140 Handcrews.
  • 22 Helicopters.
  • 5 Dozers.
  • 8 Water tenders: 4

– 12: 55 pm. After last week’s cancellation, the “Friday Night Street Fair” in Monrovia will take place this evening with the closure of the 400 Block on Myrtle for outdoor dining. Vulnerable populations need to take extra precautions due to air quality.

– 12:45 pm. As the foothill cities mull the appropriate time to lift the Evacuation Warnings -and until they are lifted- residents will continue to see small fires and smoke near the burned areas. These small fires will be monitored closely by the fire crews as they continue to mop up and strengthen the lines on the south end of the fire.

– 12:40 pm. Canyon Park and the Hillside Wilderness Preserve in Monrovia will be closed to the public indefinitely due to fire damage. As the hillsides exhibit dangerous conditions from falling rocks and tree branches, the City of Monrovia still has to perform a damage assessment and clean up the areas. Signs will be posted at the entrance of Canyon Park and along Canyon Blvd.

– 12:35 pm. A firefighter has died fighting the #ElDoradoFire in San Bernardino County. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, and all firefighters who are on the front lines.

– 12:30 pm. Evacuation Order has been issued for the areas east of Hwy 39, south of East Fork Rd, west of GMR, and north of Glendora Ridge Rd.

– 11:45 am. The weather today will remain warm and very dry. Winds will be from the southwest and will be at their strongest on the northern ridges in the late afternoon and evening. Gusts are potentially 20 to 30 MPH on ridge tops and 10 to 15 MPH in valleys. Humidity is expected to increase on Saturday.

– 11:40 am. #BobcatFire – Today:

  • Fire crews primary focus will be to respond to and address the threats to the communities on the north end of the fire. A combination of air and ground resources will work at halting the fire’s forward progress while having structure protection in place.
  • Crews around Mount Wilson will continue to hold and improve the lines protecting the infrastructure why trying to keep the fire from spreading to the west around the mountain.
  • On the east side firefighters will continue to patrol and pick up any spot fires and will look for opportunities to establish direct control lines to slow the fire’s spread. In the south crews will continue to mop up and strengthen line around the communities.

– 11:30 am. What happened last night:

  • The #BobcatFire grew in size (approximately 60,557 acres) and in percentage of containment (15%).
  • The fire reached Juniper Hills and the adjacent communities, but fire activity moderated as it approached the lower slopes and valley floor. Large numbers of resources were shifted to respond to this threat. Evacuation orders have been issued for Juniper Hills, Devil’s Punchbowl, and Paradise Springs including the area East of Devils Punch Bowl Rd, South of the Big Pines Hwy, North of the Big Rock Creek, and West of Jackson Lake.
  • Efforts to protect Mount Wilson continued to be successful. Overnight on the east the fire made a downhill push above the San Gabriel Reservoir. In the south the fire around the communities is now in heavy mop up and patrol status.

9/17/20

– 11:00 pm.

When you put together a jigsaw puzzle made of hundreds of pieces, you put it together one piece at a time. No one can go back and change what has happened, but we can all start today and make a new tomorrow, one shovel at a time, one day at a time.
~ Anonymous

Have a safe night.

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Early Morning Sun (Photo- Reg Green)

 

– 10:40 pm. #BobcatFire – “Evacuation Warning” has been issued for residents in the unincorporated community of Wrightwood.

– 10:36 pm. #BobcatFire – Evening Video Operational Briefing for September 17, 2020 from Angeles National Forest. (Click to view).

– 10:00 pm. Latest Update:

  • The #BobcatFire had very active fire growth in the north end of the perimeter where it reached Juniper Hills and the communities around it. Additional aviation assets were requested.
  • Due to the increased fire activity and spread, evacuation orders were expanded to include the northern foothill communities.
  • As the top end of the fire attempts to head northwest and northeast, crews and aviation assets continue to work to keep the fire south of Pearblossom.
  • On the west end of the fire, firefighters will be scouting for additional opportunities to build both indirect and direct fire lines to protect the area around Chilao.
  • Fire activity remained active around Mt. Wilson with crews and equipment are working hard to protect infrastructure.
  • To the east, downslope winds activated eastward fire movement near the San Gabriel Reservoir. Containment grew to 9 percent on the south end where firefighters continue patrol and mop-up to secure lines near the foothill communities.
  •  The Fire near the Ranch2 and Fish Fire burn scar has very little activity. Fire crews are working on going direct and having containment in the near future.
  • As air operations transfer to more of a northern position, Encanto Park in Duarte should be released from aircraft operations within the next 7 days.
  • Evacuation Orders are in effect North of Angeles Crest North and between Clear Creek Station and Hwy 39. – Juniper Hills. – Devils Punchbowl. – Paradise Springs. – Including the area East of Devils Punch Bowl Rd, South of the Big Pines Hwy, North of the Big Rock Creek, and West of Jackson Lake.
  • In addition to the Red Cross Evacuation Center set up at Santa Anita Park (Gate 5), an American Red Cross Temporary Evacuation Point (TEP) has been set up at Palmdale High School (2137 E Avenue R, Palmdale, 93550). You can call Red Cross LA at (800) 675-5799.

– 9:56 pm. #BobcatFire is still impacting Mount Wilson. It is almost out of the critical section. Crews and engines are on-scene to defend infrastructure. Additionally, there is some strategic burning being used to expand containment lines.

– 9:30 pm. Evening #BobcatFire report from Angeles National Forest:

  • Crews on the #BobcatFire today saw active fire growth in the north end of the fire where it reached Juniper Hills and the communities around it, additional aviation assets were requested. Evacuation orders were expanded to include the northern foothill communities. (Read full report here).

– 8:50 pm. An advice from the Red Cross to residents in the path of the #BobcatFIre: “A wildfire can spread quickly, leaving you little time to get to safety. Be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice. Face your car in the direction of your evacuation route and confine pets to one room so you can quickly grab them and go.”

– 8:10 pm. #BobcatFire is 55,617 Acres with 9% containment and has crossed HWY2 into Pleasant View Wilderness. Operations will focus tonight on Juniper Hills and Devil’s Punchbowl.  Other crews will reinforce lines on the south and at Mount Wilson.

55,617 acres 9% de contención-El fuego ha cruzado HWY2 hacia el área silvestre de Pleasant View, avanzando hacia Juniper Hills y Devil’s Punchbowl. Operaciones se centrarán allí. Otros equipos reforzarán líneas en el sur y en Mount Wilson.

– 8:00 pm. #BobcatFire – UPDATE: It’s been confirmed by one of the hotshot crews that firefighters are doing back firing at Mount Wilson Observatory.
(Hotshot Crew: A highly trained fire crew used mainly to build fireline by hand).

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– 7:40 pm. #BocatFire – Fire officials stated that Altadena and Pasadena are currently at low-medium risk of evacuation. The focus now is on  Wrightwood and Pinion Hills in San Bernardino County.

– 7:20 pm. Starting at 7:30 pm, the Red Cross LA will be set up at Palmdale High School to serve residents who have evacuated the #BobcatFire by offering food, water, and a place to stay. Evacuees can also call the disaster hotline at (800) 675-5799.

– 6:56 pm. Wrightwood and Pinion Hills in SB County are being placed under an Evacuation Warning. Both communities are in the path of the #BobcatFire. This is a warning to begin gathering belongings and making evacuation preparations. For those that need more time to evacuate-start now.

– 6:00 pm. Due to Angeles National Forest’s system connection issues, the #BobcatFire Virtual Meeting will not be live-streaming on YouTube. You can still watch it on our Facebook page.

– 4:40 pm.  #BobcatFire progression. Screenshot taken at 4:40 pm on Sept. 17, 2020. (Photo – Angeles National Forest).

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– 4:20 pm. There is increased fire behavior in the north, east and west of the #BobcatFire. Strong winds on the western perimeter are pushing the fire several directions, crews and equipment continue to work on picking up spots with assistance from aircraft as weather allows.

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(Photo – @Angeles_NF)

 

– 4:10 pm. Smoky conditions are expected through Friday. It should begin clearing over the weekend as an upper trough passes north of SoCal.

– 4:00 pm. From the Red Cross LA:

Smoke has dissipated & air quality improved since this photo was taken, but our evacuation point at Santa Anita Park (285 W. Huntington Dr. #Arcadia) remains OPEN for anyone affected by the #BobcatFire.

Red Cross volunteers are standing by to help. Everyone is welcome.

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– 3:00 pm. #BobcatFire – A #BobcatFire Virtual Meeting will take place tonight, Thursday, September 17 at 6:30 pm. Representatives will provide updates and answer questions on the fire. We will carry it live on our website and on our Facebook page.

– 2:55 pm. #BobcatFire – Evacuations have been ordered for the following areas:

  • Paradise Springs.
  • Including the area East of Devils Punch Bowl Rd, South of the Big Pines Hwy, North of the Big Rock Creek, and West of Jackson Lake.

– 2:30 pm. #BobcatFire – Large animal sheltering is at Antelope Valley Fairgrounds (2551 W Avenue H, Lancaster). Small animals will be accepeted at Lancaster and Palmdale Animal Care Centers.

– 1:55 pm. #BobcatFire – Evacuations have been ordered from Big Rock Campground all the way to Juniper Hills:

  • A total of 15 Air Tankers were ordered for immediate structure protection.
  • The fire is currently outpacing retardant drops and is making hard runs up-canyon through the Forest.

– 1:45 pm. Evacuations have been ordered for residents in the foothills North of the #bobcatfire. This includes the following:

  • Juniper Hills.
  • Devils Punchbowl.

– 1:40 pm. A quick respite from the #BobcatFire – Former President Obama revealed he has a Finsta Account (what’s a Finsta?) while urging people to vote. Watch the video if you’ve got a minute:

 

– 1:25 pm. #BobcatFire – Multiple engines, 7 out of 15, are en route to the valley floor and will be assigned to structure protection in the Juniper Hills area.

1:00 pm. The #BobcatFire is seeing very active fire growth in the northeast and southwestern corners. The fire is approximately 1 mile from Juniper Hills. Crews, engines and equipment are being assisted with aviation assets with more on order. The area around Mount Wilson remains critical and active.

– 12:47 pm. #BobcatFire – From Monrovia City Manager:

Multiple fire engines will be seen in the neighborhood monitoring the conditions. In order to decrease traffic to clear the roads for these engines, the Monrovia Police Department, along with the Public Works Department, will continue to set up barricades to ensure that only residents are driving through the area above Foothill Boulevard.

– 12:45 pm. #BobcatFire – Monrovia residents may not see flames today, but may see crews conducting mop up operations in the burn area, as there continues to be small pockets of unburned fuel within the burn area. These small pockets of fuel, surrounded by the burn area, will continue to smolder and burn out. Residents can expect to see plumes of smoke, throughout the day, as crews perform these mop-up operations.

– 12:40 pm. As of this morning, the #BobcatFire has burned approximately 50,539 acres and is still 3% contained. There are 1,285 personnel assigned to the fire:

  • 142 engines.
  • 24 handcrews.
  • 6 helicopters.
  • 6 aircraft.
  • 8 dozers.
  • 4 water tenders.

– 12:38 pm. #BobcatFire – Encanto Park field in Duarte is closed and is being used as an emergency landing zone for rotary aircraft. The park will be used off and on for 24 hours a day to quickly refuel aircraft when spot fires occur near the foothill communities.

– 12:35 pm. #BobcatFire – All roads leading into San Gabriel Canyon are closed:

  • Hwy 39 is closed north of Azusa to SR 2.
  • SR 2 is closed between Upper Tujunga Rd to Big Pines.
  • Upper Big Tujunga Road is closed between SR 2 and Angeles Forest Highway.
  • Chantry Flat Road is closed.
  • Mt Wilson Road is closed from SR 2 to Mt Wilson.

– 12:30 pm. Air Attack advising the fire is 1 mile from structures and is backing downhill towards Devils Punchbowl County Park. They have requested 15 air tankers, any type, for immediate structure protection. Mandatory Evacuations will be sent out momentarily.

– 12:25 pm. Click for a live look at cameras picking up fire and smoke from lookouts in the region (Click here). You can monitor all cameras at once or just one of most interest to you. (Use the map to see camera location and the direction).

– 12:15 pm. #BobcatFire – Can’t See or Smell Smoke?

  • Unhealthy air quality precautions include avoiding unnecessary outdoor exposure and limiting physical exertion (whether indoor or outdoor), such as exercise. Children and people who have air quality sensitive conditions, such as heart disease, asthma, and other chronic respiratory diseases, should follow these recommendations and stay indoors as much as possible even in areas where smoke, soot, or ash cannot be seen, or there is no smell of smoke.

– 12:00 pm. #BocatFure – Overnight, two L.A. County Fire Department Air Operations’ Firehawk helicopters and Angeles National Forest Helicopter 531 made night water drops protecting Mount Wilson Observatory along with critical communications infrastructure. The efforts were coordinated water fill support from L.A. County Fire Department and South Pasadena Fire.

Mount Wilson continues to be threatened with fire.

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– 11:55 am. There are 17,400 firefighters today battling 26 major wildfires statewide:

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– 11:45 am. #BobcatFire Progress Report:

  • Around Mount Wilson, firefighters will continue to protect developments and push lines towards the north.
  • In the northern portion of the fire work will continue on the dozer lines that were started last night, firefighters will be scouting for additional opportunities for both indirect and direct firelines north of Highway 2.
  • On the east an effort will be made to secure lines between Highway 32 and the Ranch 2 Fire scar. This is the eighth day of setting records for fuel dryness and this is one of the factors that has been complicating control efforts.

– 11:40 am. #BobcatFire – Today:

  • Arcadia Fire Department has decoupled from the Bobcat Unified Command earlier this morning. Although the City is no longer part of the Bobcat Fire command structure, Arcadia Fire personnel will continue to be part of the Bobcat Fire agency advisory group monitoring the fire’s progress. Arcadia neighborhoods along the City’s urban-wildland interface are encouraged to remain on alert.
  • Arcadia Police Department is providing additional patrols in the area north of Elkins Ave and east of Santa Anita Ave where mandatory evacuation orderwere lifted last night. Non-residents are advised to remain out of affected areas until further notice.
  • Wilderness Park and Chantry Flat Recreational Area remain closed indefinitely as fire crews work to assess the area for fire activity.

– 11:35 am. What Happened Last Night?

Last night the fire crossed Highway 2 by its junction with Highway 39 and it continued to push north in the Cooper Creek area. Dozers worked all night long constructing line across the northern Forest boundary to protect the desert communities. In the south the fire was quiet around the foothill communities and the protection of Mt. Wilson continued to be successful.

– 11:31 am. There will be a #BobcatFire Virtual Community Meeting tonight at 6:30 pm. The meeting will be live streamed via multiple platforms with ASL interpretation services via Zoom, which is limited to 500. We will cover it live and link up to it here.

– 11:30 am: Unhealthy Air Quality declared, due to smoke from wildfires burning, in the following areas:

  • West San Gabriel Valley
  • East San Gabriel Valley
  • Pomona-Walnut Valley
  • South San Gabriel Valley
  • Central Los Angeles
  • Northwest Coastal LA County
  • Southwest Coastal LA County
  • South Coastal LA
  • Southeast LA County
  • West San Fernando Valley
  • East San Fernando Valley
  • South Central Los Angeles County
  • Santa Clarita Valley
  • San Gabriel Mountains

9/16/20

– 11:00 pm:

A house you can rebuild; a bridge you can restring; a washed-out road you can fill in. But there is nothing you can do about a tree but mourn.
~ Louise Dickinson Rich

Have a safe night.

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Trees burning in Angeles National Forest, Sept. 16, 2020 (Photo – Caltrans)

 

– 10:30 pm. Find out how your community did compared to other communities:

  • Local Cities and Towns in COVID-19 charts for September 16, 2020. (Click here to view).

– 10:20 pm. #BocatFire – Residents are urged to keep small pets indoors at night and remove all food sources from the exterior of the home, as wildlife has been seen throughout the foothill communities. Pasadena Humane advises against placing water outside for wildlife as it makes them dependent on humans and prevents them from moving on to where they can find sustenance. Wildlife animals are capable of finding food and water on their own. Pasadena Humane will pick up trapped wildlife if the animal is sick, injured, orphaned, or has bitten a person or another animal.

If you need immediate help with injured or ill wildlife, call or text Pasadena Humane’s wildlife helpline at (626) 344-1129 (9:00 am to 5:00 pm). For after-hours assistance, call animal control dispatch at (626) 792-7151 ext. 102.  For non-emergency wildlife questions, email wildlife@pasadenahumane.org.

– 10:10 pm. #BobcatFire – There will be another Virtual Community Meeting for fire management to provide an update on the Bobcat Fire. This time around, the meeting will be streamed through multiple platforms. Information on where to watch the virtual community meeting will be available in the morning.

– 10:00 pm. #BobcatFIre – What Happened Today? Latest update:

  • Efforts were focused on securing the south end of the fire where crews put in direct handline from Arcadia Wilderness Park to Santa Anita Canyon Road. Additionally, strategic firing operations took place near Camp Trask where the fire is holding at the line.
  • Containment lines above the Cities of Monrovia, Arcadia, Bradbury and Duarte are holding well. Firefighters feel confident in the progress made to protect these communities.
  • With decreased smoke conditions, increased temperatures, and lower relative humidity, the fire saw growth along the perimeter.
  • The area around Mt. Wilson and the southwestern edge of the fire remains active where crews continue to protect the Mount Wilson Observatory infrastructure.
  • The north side of the fire in Cooper Canyon continues northward into the Pleasant View Wilderness. Aviation assets were able to drop retardant as conditions allowed to slow the growth of the fire, while ground resources made their way into look for places to start putting in line.
  • Crews worked on fire growth near the Crystal Lake area and the West Fork where there is heavy fuel.
  • An Evacuation Order was issued for residences within the area north of Angeles Crest North and between Clear Creek Station and Hwy 39. A Red Cross Evacuation Site has been established at Santa Anita Park (285 W. Huntington Drive, Arcadia – Gate 5). Call 1-800-675-5799 to read Red Cross.
  • New evacuation warning was issued at Juniper Hills vicinity. Highway 39 will have continued fire activities and operations tonight.

– 9:55 pm. #BobcatFire – Air resources will be reduced during tomorrow’s operations and will start back to full the following day.

– 9:25 pm. Meanwhile, #ElDoradoFire West of Oak Glen in San Bernardino County is 18,506 acres and 63% contained. In comparison, #BobcatFire northeast of Cogswell Reservoir, San Gabriel Canyon in Los Angeles county is 46,263 acres and 3% contained.

– 9:00 pm. #BobcatFire – Our music writer, Jean Sudbury, sent us a photo this evening of Sierra Madre Playhouse’s special marquee sign:

Marquee with thank you message to firefighters

Sierra Madre Playhouse (Photo – Jean Sudbury)

 

– 8:50 pm. #BobcatFire – “Evacuation Warning” issued for the residents of:

  • Juniper Hills.
  • Residents South of Fort Tejon Rd East of 96th St East.
  • And South of Valyermo Rd west of Bobs Gap Rd.

For residents under Evacuation Warning, this is what you can do:

  • Remain aware.
  • Be prepared.
  • Keep phone on with volumes loud.
  • Have evacuation bag ready.
  • Don’t forget your pet(s).
  • Make yourself a cup of herbal tea (hot tea can cool you down at summer time).
  • Take a deep breath.

– 8:15 pm. #BobcatFire – Mount Wilson continues to be threatened with fire.

– 8:05 pm. #BobcatFire progress map as of 8:00 pm, Sept. 16, 2020. (Photo – screengrab, L.A. County)

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(Photo – Screengrab, L.A. County)

 

– 7:40 pm. This:

4.6 hours. Now she gets some love from the maintenance staff.

~ @BryanFirehelico

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(Photo – @BryanFirehelico)

 

-7:30 – #BobcatFire – Warm and dry conditions are expected overnight, allowing for active fire with light easterly and down canyon winds overnight. Night-shift’s main focus will continue on Mount Wilson as well as the foothill cities.

– 7:28 pm. #BobcatFire – Due to hot spots that remain in the foothills, the Evacuation Warning remains in effect for residents of the foothill communities.

– 7:25. #BobcatFire – Throughout the day, multiple hotshot crews and fire engines have been operating in Monrovia Canyon Park to perform mop up operations. Small pockets of fuel remain in the burn area that will periodically burn out. Residents can expect to see pockets of smoke from Monrovia Canyon Park possible small flames at night. These flare ups are in the burn areas and are carefully watched. Throughout the week, the fireline above the Clamshell Truck Trail and along the Spanish Canyon ridge will be patrolled and monitored.

– 7:20 pm. Although Mount Wilson isolated patches of the #BobcatFire ran up towards the compound, firefighters’ containment lines continued to hold. Meanwhile, firefighters in the Monrovia area, reinforced containment line and ensured the previous day’s burning operation had cooled.

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(Photo – Angeles_NF)

 

– 7:12 pm. #BobcatFire – The order requiring Sierra Madre streets to remain clear in the canyon areas of all vehicle, property, and debris expired at 6:00 pm. Red flag parking restrictions in the canyon areas, however, will remain in place indefinitely.

– 7:10 pm. #BobcatFire – All contingency lines have held the #bobcatfire in check. Fire crews have worked diligently today in the rough and steep terrain to establish perimeter lines that are intended to contain the southern portion of the fire. Once the perimeter lines are complete, crews will monitor to make sure the lines have held. After validation, these perimeter lines will become a portion of the overall containment of the Bobcat Fire.

– 6:45 pm. Caltrans District 8 (Cajon Maintenance) crews assisting near the #BobcatFire. Residents are asked to respect the closures that are currently in place on SR-2 from Big Pine to Islip Saddle for their safety.

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(Photo – Caltrans)

 

-6:30 pm. Meanwhile, check local numbers for our neighbors, friends and family being affected by COVID-19. (Updated as of 6:30 pm, Sept. 16). Click to see surrounding cities and towns).

-5:50 pm. #BobcatFire – Arcadia residents in the Evacuation Zone will receive trash service on Wednesday, September 23. Additional bagged trash will be collected, free of charge, during that week when placed next to your trash bin (as always, place all bins at the curb before 7:00 am).

– 5:35 pm. #BobcatFire and #ElDoradoFire Smoke Advisories extended to Thursday, September 17th. (Click to read).

– 5:20 pm. #BobcatFire – From Mt Wilson Observatory:

We are watching the white smoke from the #BobcatFire with “cautious” optimism. There were multiple water drops on our burn area today, we’re hoping for the best!

– 5:00 pm. #BobcatFire – Angeles National Forest introduced Story Map, a web-based resource that integrates maps, text, photos, video, etc. all in one place.

– 4:30 pm. The acreage burned by wildfires has increased drastically in the last 10 years. More acres have burned this year in California than ever before:

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– 4:00 pm. #BobcatFire – Be aware of fake “GoFundMe” campaigns popping up asking for “donations” to local Fire Departments. These accounts are not affiliated with local municipalities and may be created by scam artists trying to swindle good-natured residents out of their money. If you are ever unsure of a GoFundMe page, the company advises that you report that particular campaign to them.

– 3:58 pm. #BobcatFire – Road closures:

  • Hwy 39 is closed north of Azusa to SR 2.
  • SR 2 is closed between Upper Tujunga Rd to Big Pines.
  • Upper Big Tujunga Road is closed between SR 2 and Angeles Forest Highway.
  • Chantry Flat Road is closed.
  • Mt Wilson Road is closed from SR 2 to Mt Wilson.

Click this link for a full list.

– 3:50 pm. #BobcatFire – An update from Adams’ Pack Station. We include it as is with no editing:

We have had a few days to process what has happened in our canyon. I think I can speak for everyone in the canyon, when I say, we feel your love and support. We understand that this canyon is special to so many. For many, a piece of their heart resides here, such as hikers, runners, bikers and former cabin owners. With that being said, healing from what has happened is going to be a hard process, but an easier one (not easy), because of you, our community.

If any place can overcome, and move forward even stronger than before, its our community. The beauty of that, is this not only includes everyone in our foothills, but from all over LA and beyond. I will not leave out all those I have met, that come to these mountains from afar, just to set foot in it’s beauty. If this year has done anything for me, it’s reminded me that people are truly good. To remember that in the midst of so much tragedy and heartbreak, and people choosing to do the wrong thing, I need to have faith in the good of everyone who is here to help and focus on that. So from the bottom of my heart, I Maggie Moran of the Adams Pack Station, the Canyon Cabin Owners which includes Sturtevant Camp always, all thank you for your thoughts, kind messages and offers for help.

It will be some time before we can organize how to use your assistance. So for now, if you are interested in helping, please send a private message in Adams Pack Station messenger, with your email address and if you would like to help in a specific or general way. I will be putting together a list of everyone interested, so when we are ready to move ahead, we already have your information…I would like to leave you with a couple of images of what I feel is our beacon of hope.

This is an aerial shot of Chantry Flat taken 2 days ago. The smoke was too thick to see into the canyon that day. It is very difficult to see the pack station because it is still surounded with trees blocking the buildings. As it stands untouched by the blaze that came through this past Sunday, it is what will help restore our canyon, and in the meantime be the home of everyone who needs it to be until that happens…. Not only will the trees and plants of this canyon grow back, so will our spirits, hearts, and support for each other as a community. Even Stronger than before.

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Adams’ Pack Station (Location enhanced by our Graphics Dept.)

 

– 3:45 pm. #BobcatFire – Residents in the foothill communities are still under an “Evacuation Warning.” Be alert, packed, and ready to go if the need arises.

– 3:15 pm. Residents, communication is especially important during an emergency. Make sure to keep your phone charged at all times. (Click for more info).

– 2:15 pm. #BobcatFIre -Latest:

  • Fire crews are going direct in Santa Anita Canyon.
  • On Hwy 2, crews are working on picking up spots as well as strategically burning due to the fire actively making runs.
  • Fire crews continue to mop-up and hold in Spanish Canyon.
  • Mt Wilson continues to be threatened with fire.

– 1:30 pm. #BobcatFire – Sierra Madre and Arcadia Repopulation Order:

A repopulation order, on September 16, 2020 4:00 pm, has been issued in Arcadia and Sierra Madre for the residents in the following areas:

  • All residents-only north of Elkins Ave and East of Santa Anita Ave.

Residents will be required to provide a valid identification upon returning to the affected area. Non-residents and those without proper identification will not be allowed to enter the area. The Sierra Madre Police Department will be at the ingress points along the evacuation zone to assist our residents in returning home. Additionally, SMPD will continue to patrol those areas throughout the next few days.

– 1:25 pm. Click to see our Photo of the Day: Early Sun at Angeles National Forest (by Reg Green).

– 1:05 pm. #BobcatFire – Wilderness Park news:

The fire made its way into the Chantry Flat area above Arcadia and approached Wilderness Park. The fire burned the hillside above it, but the park itself was not damaged. The fire is continuing to burn westward through the Angeles National Forest along with spotting in nearby canyons.

– 1:00 pm. #BobcatFire – Returning Arcadia Residents Advisory:

There are many hazards that may exist when returning to your home after a wildfire, such as fire ash, damaged utilities, as well as hazardous materials. To protect yourself from these hazards, it is important to utilize:

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that can include breathing protection (N-95 rated respirators).
  • Protective clothing.
  • Gloves.
  • Boots.
  • As well as eye/face protection.

– 12:55 pm. #BobcatFire – Monrovia residents will be asked to provide a valid ID upon returning to the area. The Arcadia Police Department will be at ingress points along the evacuation zone to assist residents in returning home, in addition to providing additional patrols in the area throughout the evening. Non-residents will not be allowed to transit the area.

– 12:50 pm. #BobcatFire – The Duarte Mesa remains in an evacuation warning (be prepared and ready).

– 12:45 pm. #BobcatFire – Monrovia Firefighters pose in front of the 60-inch telescope.  (Photo – Mt. Wilson Observatory).

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– 12:37pm. Arcadia Evacuation Order Will Be Lifted at 4:00 pm:

The City of Arcadia, in coordination with the #BobcatFire Unified Command, is lifting the evacuation order for all residents north of Elkins Ave. and east of Santa Anita Ave. beginning at 4:00 pm today. (Residents will not be able to return before 4:00 pm).

– 12:35 pm. #BobcatFire – Sierra Madre Trash Collection:

In order to let Emergency Crews have all of the advantages possible to maneuver throughout the “Upper” and “Lower” Canyon areas, the City of Sierra Madre has asked Athens to delay collection until Friday, September 18th for all Canyon accounts. Residents are asked not  to put out cans until late Thursday or early Friday.

– 12:30 pm. #BobcatFire – Air Tankers are currently helping contain a large spot fire that is north of Highway 2. The fire is located in the Cooper Canyon area on the Northern edge of the fire.

– 12:25 pm. Today, 17,000 firefighters are battling 25 major wildfires statewide. Here are the latest numbers:

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– 12:20 pm. #BObcatFire – Monrovia City Manager:

We do not predict large amounts of fire activities in Monrovia today, but residents may see smoke coming from Canyon Park & Spanish Canyon as crews mop up the area.

Early this morning, the City was notified that Southern California Edison (SCE) shut off the power for about 65 customers living on Oakglade Drive, Ridgeside Drive and Briarcliff Road at around 1:30 a.m. to mitigate the fire. The City contacted SCE and power is now restored.

– 12:15 pm. #BobcatFire – This is what we know so far:

The fire has burned approximately 44,393 acres and is 3% contained. There are 1,158 personnel assigned to the fire:

  • 119 engines.
  • 23 handcrews.
  • 6 helicopters.
  • 6 aircraft.
  • 6 dozers .
  • 5 water tenders.

– 12:10 pm. The focus today is on holding onto what has been accomplished over the last few days in the vicinity of the foothill communities and Mt. Wilson Observatory.

  • Firefighters will be working on strengthening the lines and looking for opportunities to attack the #BobcatFire directly and additional strategic firing may occur as necessary to secure the lines.
  • In the north along the Highway 2 corridor, firefighters will be working at putting in lines around the spot fires and ensuring that additional spots are dealt with as they occur.
  • The spot fire in Cooper Canyon is approximately 700 to 1,000 acres. Compared to yesterday, fuels are at critically dry levels and there is anticipation of increased fire activity over the next couple of days.
  • On the east side along Highway 39, the fire crews will be preparing for a strategic firing operation to strengthen the lines.
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(Map – City of Arcadia)

 

– 12:05 pm. The City Monrovia issued a second supplement to the existing local emergency proclamation to include smoke as a dangerous threat. Small particles, which may cause burning eyes, runny nose, scratchy throat, headaches and illness, is the primary health concern with smoke. The impacts of smoke may be especially harmful to those who have preexisting conditions, such as chronic heart and lung disease (i.e. asthma, emphysema and COPD).

– 12:00 pm. #BocatFire – Residents of the foothill communities woke up today to a strong smell of smoke. According to the South Coast Air Quality Management District, smoke from wildfires burning in the region has caused unhealthy air quality in the following areas:

  • West San Gabriel Valley
  • East San Gabriel Valley
  • South San Gabriel Valley
  • Pomona-Walnut Valley
  • South Central Los Angeles County
  • Central Los Angeles
  • Northwest Coastal LA County
  • Southwest Coastal LA County
  • South Coastal LA
  • Southeast LA County
  • West San Fernando Valley
  • East San Fernando Valley
  • Santa Clarita Valley
  • San Gabriel Mountains

This advisory remains in effect through Wednesday, September 16.

– 11:40 am. Today:

Monrovia –  Fire crews will continue to operate on the ridge above Spanish Canyon to ensure that the fire remains contained in the canyon and there are no spot fires. There will also be crews working in Monrovia Canyon Park where there are small pockets of brush that may need extra attention. We do not predict a large amount of fire activities in Monrovia today, however residents may see smoke coming from Monrovia Canyon Park and Spanish Canyon as crews mop up the area.

Sierra Madre –   Today, fire crews will be putting a perimeter line around the southern portion of the fire near Sierra Madre. This fire has remained active due to steep terrain and inaccessible conditions. When fire crews are successful in placing this perimeter line we will start the monitoring period to ensure the fire is no longer advancing.

Unified Command is working hard to contain the southern portion of the Bobcat Fire which is impacting the communities in the foothills. Locally, the fire has been held in position. Fire crews are starting to close all remaining openings for the fire.

Meetings regarding repopulation of the evacuated area will take place this afternoon and an update will be provided for the evacuated residents east of Santa Anita and north of Elkins.

Arcadia – Efforts will continue today to hold onto what has been accomplished over the last few days in the vicinity of the foothill communities near Arcadia and Mt. Wilson Observatory. Firefighters will be working on strengthening the lines and looking for opportunities to attack the fire directly. Additional strategic firing may occur as necessary to secure the lines. In the north along the Highway 2 corridor firefighters will be working at putting in lines around the spot fires and ensuring that additional spots are dealt with as they occur.

Angeles National Forest: – Air Tankers have been ordered to help contain a large spot fire that is north of Highway 2. The fire is located in the Cooper Canyon area on the Northern edge of the fire.

– 11:30 am. #BobcatFire – What happened last night:

  • The fire has grown to over 41,000 acres and is 3% contained.
  • Firefighters were successful in keeping the fire from impacting Mt. Wilson Observatory. Fire behavior moderated at the south end of the fire overnight and this helped the crews working on strengthening control lines around the foothill communities near Arcadia and Mt. Wilson. Fire behavior was still active in the north and an additional focus was to try to contain the spot fires across Highway 2. The east side of the fire remained quiet.
  • All contingency lines held for the fire near Sierra Madre last night. The spots fires in Santa Anita Canyon and near Harvard Ridge were addressed and are no longer a concern.

 

9/15/20

– 11:00 pm. #BobcatFire – (Photo- City of Monrovia)

All forests in the world need to be given the same name, so that people can understand that there is only one forest in the world and that every burning forest is his own forest, no matter where in the world!
~ Mehmet Murat ildan

Have a safe night.

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BobcatFire, Sept 15, 2020 (Photo – City of Monrovia)

 

– 10:00 pm. #bobcatFire – From Monrovia City Manager: No Planned Outages for Wed.

We were notified by many residents that there would be planned power outages this week. Today, staff has coordinated with Southern California Edison (SCE) and outages planned for Wednesday September 16 will be postponed to a later date. We will continue to coordinate with SCE to postpone the outages planned for Thursday and Friday.

– 9:57. This is what we know so far. As of tonight, the #BobcatFire has burned approximately 41,773 acres and is 3% contained. There are currently 1,158 personnel assigned to the fire:

  • 119 engines.
  • 23 handcrews.
  • 6 helicopters.
  • 6 aircraft.
  • 6 dozers.
  • 5 water tenders.

– 9:55 pm. Angeles National Forest’s #BobcatFire Evening Update for Sept. 15, 2020:

Today

Today, firefighters worked diligently to protect the infrastructure around the Mt. Wilson Observatory by using strategic firing operations in conjunction with aviation assets to strengthen dozer lines. Additionally, prior fuel treatments done around Mt. Wilson helped moderate fire intensity and rate of spread around the area. To the south, the fire remained active and crews continued to strengthen lines with strategic firing operations to protect foothill communities as that remains a priority. In the north, firefighters actively engaged in suppressing a 500-1,000-acre spot fire that crossed Hwy 2. To the east, the fire remains to the west of Hwy 39 where the Ranch2 Fire burn scar has helped lessen fire spread. Over the past three days, more resources and personnel have arrived to bolster firefighting efforts. Today, a C-130 from Sacramento equipped with a MAFFs (Modular Airborne Firefighting System) made drops near Mt. Wilson. Evacuation orders have been lifted and the repopulation of Camp Williams, River Community Center, and Fire Camp 19 on East Fork Road was authorized. Residents and business owners that live in the East Fork area between Highway 39 to the west and Glendora Mountain Road (GMR) to the east can access their community through GMR in Glendora.

Yesterday

Yesterday, the fire was very active on both the north and south ends, fire progressed towards Mt. Wilson Observatory. Additionally, the fire progressed up to Mt. Sally and approached Hwy 2. To the north, crews battled multiple spot fires trying to hold the fires at Hwy 2. The eastern side of the fire along Hwy 39 remained quiet.

Weather

It was another warm and dry day across the incident with temperatures reaching the 90s with low humidity. Southern upcanyon winds were observed with gusts up to 20 MPH. For tonight and Wednesday, warm and dry conditions will continue with low humidity recoveries. On Thursday and Friday, slightly cooler conditions are expected with an increase in high level clouds.

Evacuation alerts

  • Evacuation Orders
    Today, an Evacuation Order was issued for residences within the area north of Angeles Crest North and between Clear Creek Station and Hwy 39. An evacuation order has been issued for all residents north of Elkins Ave. and east of Santa Anita Ave. in the City of Arcadia and portions of Sierra Madre. Residents are advised to evacuate the area using Santa Anita Ave.  A Red Cross Evacuation Center has been established at Santa Anita Park, located at 285 W. Huntington Drive, Arcadia, CA, 91007. Residents are advised to enter through Gate 5. To reach Red Cross LA, call 1-800-675-5799.
  • Evacuation Warnings
    Residents north of Foothill Blvd. and east of Santa Anita Ave. remain under an evacuation warning.Evacuation Warnings remain in effect for the foothill communities of Monrovia, Bradbury, Sierra Madre, Altadena, Duarte and Pasadena.

– 9:50 pm. A Proud Dad:

Always a special day when I get to see my boy in uniform. He has been bouncing around from fire to fire for the past couple of weeks on an Engine Strike team. This picture was taken on the #bobcatfire. I am proud of his humble, hard working, work ethic. #prouddad
~ Silvio Lanzas

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(Photo – Silvio Lanzas)

 

– 940 pm. #BobcatFire – An evacuation order was issued today for residences within the area north of Angeles Crest North and between Clear Creek Station and Hwy 39. An evacuation order has been issued for all residents north of Elkins Avenue and east of Santa Anita Avenue in the City of Arcadia and portions of Sierra Madre. Residents are advised to evacuate the area using Santa Anita Avenue. A Red Cross Evacuation Center has been established at Santa Anita Park (285 W. Huntington Drive) in Arcadia. Residents are advised to enter through Gate 5.

– 9:35 pm. The #BobcatFire remains to the west of Hwy 39 where the Ranch2 Fire burn scar has helped lessen the spread of the spread. Over the past three days, more resources and personnel have arrived to bolster firefighting efforts. A C-130 from Sacramento, equipped with a MAFFs (Modular Airborne Firefighting System,) made drops today near Mt. Wilson. Evacuation orders have been lifted and the repopulation of Camp Williams, River Community Center, and Fire Camp 19 on East Fork Road was authorized. Residents and business owners that live in the East Fork area between Highway 39 to the west and Glendora Mountain Road (GMR) to the east can access their community through GMR in Glendora.

– 9:32 pm. #BobcatFire – Above the City of Duarte, dozer lines were tied in from east to west creating a stronger protection line. Little to no movement has occurred in the Fish Fire burn scar. Fire Operations have continued above Duarte. In the north where firefighters actively engaged in suppressing a 500-1,000-acre spot fire that crossed Hwy 2.

– 9:30 pm. #BobcatFire – Flames will be visible in the City of Monrovia near SawPit Dam and within the Spanish Canyon this evening as the firing operations continue.

– 9:00 pm. – #BobcatFire story worthy of re-publishing:

“One of my favorite reports from last night…our officers positioned roadblocks in certain neighborhoods to prevent onlookers from blocking emergency vehicle access on neighborhood streets,” said Dylan Feik, Monrovia City Manager. ‘At the ‘Resident Only’ roadblock, drivers were stopped and asked where they live. ‘I live right there on that corner,’ was the most common response said the officer. When he asked the name of the street, unknowing the answer, they turned around and left. Thank you, MPD, for all of your hard work and commitment!”

– 8:52 pm. #BobcatFire – There are reports of people watching crews or stopping their cars to observe the fire “up-close”. Let’s be mindful as It’s absolutely critical that the public does not obstruct fire apparatus and personnel in the foothill communities.

– 7: 50 pm. The L.A. County Fire Air Operations set up a mobile water reload container today in the Mount Wilson parking lot. With support from CA Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) fire engine, a brand new L.A. County Air Operations’ S70i Firehawk helicopters helped protect Mount Wilson Observatory and other critical infrastructure from the advancing #BobcatFire.

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(Photo – @LACoFireAirOps)

– 7:40 pm. #BobcatFire – Don’t forget to plan for everyone should Evacuation Warnings turn into Evacuation Orders. Include your four-legged family members in your preparations. Have a go-bag ready for them to keep along with yours.

– 7:35 pm. #BobcatFire – SR-39 remains closed for all traffic with the exception of emergency personnel. CHP started staffing Glendora Mountain Road at 4:00 pm for residents access only. The forest remains closed until further notice.

– 7:30 pm. A USC student shared that evacuation centers for the #BobcatFire have been largely packed, with limited spots due to social distancing measures.

– 7:25 pm. All air resources have been released for the night. Crews set up a mobile water tank on the Mount Wilson parking lot. Multiple helicopters helped protect Mt Wilson Observatory and other structures from the fast moving #BobcatFire today and will continue to do so throughout the night.

& other structures from the fast moving #BobcatFire today and will continue to do so through the night.

– 7:23 pm. Sierra Madre residents in the Evacuated area east of Santa Anita and north of Elkins will remain under evacuation order:

  • A meeting with Incident Command will take place Wednesday afternoon to determine when repopulation can occur.

– 7:20 pm. #BobcatFire – Work will continue through the night with heavy equipment and apparatus in Sierra Madre, night-time reconnaissance work, and firing out in the ridges above Sierra Madre. The firing out may lead to smoke or flames visible from the City.

– 7:15 pm. WHat happened today:

Work continued throughout the day on the #BobcatFire and the fire remained mostly in check. There was a seven-acre spot fire at the bottom of Santa Anita Canyon as well as a spot fire on Harvard Ridge, adjacent to the dozer line. Both of these spot fires were addressed.

– 6:55 pm. #BobcatFire + #ElDoradoFire: Smoke Advisories extended to Wednesday, September 16th, with additional impacts from smoke coming from Central and Northern California, Oregon and Washington fires.

– 6:25 pm. #BobcatFire – The City of Arcadia is in contact with the Unified Command regarding the status of evacuation orders.

– 6: 21 pm. #BobcatFire – The City of Sierra Madre put out an Order that directs all properties in the canyon to remove any vehicles, personal property, debris, or any other object that is in the public right of way will be extended another 24 hours. The Order took effect at 6:00 pm tonight and will remain in effect for 24 hours, unless further extended.

– 6:00 pm. Video of the Angeles National Forest Virtual Meeting that happened Monday, Sept. 14 at 6:30 pm:

Bobcat Fire Community Meeting from City of Arcadia on Vimeo.

– 5:50 pm. #BobcatFire – Forest Closure Order has been extended until September 21, 2020. Residents are asked to adhere to the #ForestClosure Order” “Your National Forests thank you for doing your part in staying safe!”

– 5:15 pm. During this week’s #BobcatFire evacuation, Juanita was unable to grab her ukulele. Arcadia Music stepped up and donated a one to her in collaboration with the City of Arcadia and America Red Cross. (Photo – Debi Moraza).

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– 5:10 pm. #BobcatFire – Dense smoke on Highway 101 near the Ventura Pier is lowering visibility to around 1/2 mile.

– 5:05 pm. #BobcatFire – Tanker 40 flew in from Helena MT, refueled, loaded retardant in San Bernadino, and it’s working on protecting Highway 39.

– 5:00 pm. #BobcatFire – Strategic Firing Operations near Southwest fire edge is approximately 500 feet from the end of the south dozer line near Spanish Canyon. Crews will finish the operation by 7:00 pm.. This will reinforce an existing handline further protecting the foothill communities.

– 4:55 pm. #BobcatFire – From Mt. Wilson Observatory:

We give our sincerest thanks to the firefighters who are on the ground defending our observatory as well as the pilots flying aircraft for fire suppression. Here’s a picture from of firefighters crossing the “Einstein Bridge” from the 100-inch dome.

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(Photo – Mt Wilson Observatory)

– 4:45 pm. The #bobcatFire cause is still under investigation:

  • Two fire investigators are normally assigned at every fire.
  • A report is in progress.

– 4:15 pm. #BobcatFire – Smoke Advisory Extended:
Unhealthy Air Quality has been extended due to Smoke from Wildfires burning in the Region.

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– 4:05 pm. #BobcatFire – A C-130, from Sacramento, equipped with a MAFFs (Modular Airborne Firefighting System) is making drops near Mt. Wilson. It’s working in conjunction with ground resources to halt the spread of the Mt. Wilson infrastructure.

– 4:00 pm. #BobcatFire – Monrovia Residents:
For cooling or additional information, the Community Center is open until 9:00 pm, in which the hotline, (626) 256-8246, and the Center, will be closed and overnight calls will be transferred to voicemail. If it’s an emergency, call 911.

– 3:50 pm. #BobcatFire – This type is ideal for rugged terrain as it can drop up to 3,000 gallons of retardant in 6 seconds and can fly as low as 150 feet over a fire.

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(Photo – Angeles_NF)

 

– 3:40 pm. #BobcatFire – Wildlife is moving down into the neighborhoods. They’ve lost their home and they’re thirsty. You may want to consider leaving a bucket of water for them outside.

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Two fawns and a bear derriere in Monrovia (Photos – Ann Hunnewell)

 

– 3:15 pm. #BobcatFire – The public is responding in a great way. Firefighters are fed and don’t need donations. but they love your Thank You signs and notes:

We want to thank the members of the public for their continued support and say a special #ThankYou for the inspiring and genuine cards we received!
~ Cal Fire

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(Photo – Cal Fire)

 

– 3:05 pm. #BobcatFire – From Lance Harper, Chief Engineer of Southern California Public Radio stations: KPCC, KVLA, KUOR, KJAI, Santa Barbara repeater K210AD, and Palm Springs repeater k227BX:

Main transmitter site today at Mount Wilson. The #BobcatFire is on the East side of the compound and on the south at Mount Harvard. Ground crews and dozers are doing an amazing job defending the observatory and the whole telecommunications farm.

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(Photo – Lance Harper)

– 2:58 pm. Watch burn operation at Spanish Canyon motorway above Bradbury is going as planned. (Click to watch).

2:55 pm. #BobcatFire – From the Los Angeles Sherriff’s Department regarding Repopulation Plan.

A repopulation plan has been issued for the Bobcat Fire for the residents in the following areas:

  • East Fork Area Residences.
  • East Fork Area.

The evacuation orders have been lifted and the repopulation of Camp Williams, River Community Center and Fire Camp 19 on East Fork Road. Residents and business owners that live in the East Fork area between Highway 39 to the west and Glendora Mountain Road (GMR) to the East will be able to access their community through GMR in Glendora.

  • Highway 39 remains closed until further notice.

– 2:45 pm. #Bobcatfire – Fire crews are actively engaged in suppressing a spot fire (approx. 500-1,000 acres) that has crossed Hwy 2. Firing operations to protect Mt. Wilson continue down to the southernmost line towards Spanish Canyon. Additionally, the fire is actibe near Hwy 2 (Bobcat Cyn).

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(Photo – Angeles_NF)

– 2:22 pm. #BobcatFire – If you believe you may be evacuated but not currently in danger (and haven’t left your home,) put your emergency supply kit in your vehicle. This ensures that, when the time comes, you can leave quickly with you essential items.

– 2:20 pm. BobcatFire – USDA Forest Service Wildland Firefighters from Angeles National Forest Water Tanker 34. along with local fire departments, work to hold the Bobcat Fire now 12 miles NE of Pasadena. Over 115 engines are providing auxiliary support for this fire.

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(Photo – USDA Forest Service)

– 2:00 pm. The #BobcatFire fire is making a significant push on Highway 2 and is now well-established across the highway near Cooper Canyon. Crews are requesting for additional resources due to erratic winds creating spotting at this time.

– 12:50 pm. #BobcatFire – A request for 8 Air Tankers of any type has been fulfilled with what’s available. The fire is impacting Highway 2 near Mount Waterman. Multiple helicopters were requested to report to Mt Wilson as fire is now 500 feet away from it.

– 12:35 pm. The #BobcatFire is within 500 ft of the Mt. Wilson Observatory and crews are in place ready to receive the fire. Strategic firing is taking place in the south where air operations are strengthening dozerlines. Crews are working a spot fire that crossed Hwy 2 near Buckhorn.

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(Photo – Angeles_NF)

– 11:55 am. #BobcatFire – Heat progression maps for Spanish Canyon and Mt. Wilson:

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Spanish Canyon Progression map (Photo – City of Monrovia)

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Spanish Canyon Progression map (Photo – City of Monrovia)

– 11:48 am. A reminder:

Evacuation Warnings remain in effect for residents of foothill communities. Residents residing in the area on the Evacuation Maps should continue to prepare for evacuation and stay informed.

– 11:46 am. #BobcatFire – From Monrovia City Manager, Dylan Feik:

One of my favorite reports from last night…our officers positioned roadblocks in certain neighborhoods to prevent onlookers from blocking emergency vehicle access on neighborhood streets. ‘At the ‘Resident Only’ roadblock, drivers were stopped and asked where they live. ‘I live right there on that corner,’was the most common response said the officer. When he asked the name of the street, unknowing the answer, they turned around and left. Thank you, MPD, for all of your hard work and commitment!

– 11:43 am. #bobcatfire – Incident Command Team estimates it will take longer to reach full containment. The original estimated containment date of October 15 has been pushed back to October 30.

– 11:40 am. Fire crews primary focus today remains at keeping the fire from reaching Mt. Wilson and the foothill communities. The strategic burn operation will continue as weather conditions permit. A secondary priority will be to keep the Fire south of Highway 2. Aircraft will be utilized to actively support ground resources as visibility allows.

– 11:25 am. Brush fire above La Canada controlled quickly (By Reg Green): Click to read.

– 11:00 am. A Smoke Advisory issued by the AQMD is still in effect through this afternoon. Areas of direct impacts and poor air quality may include all parts of Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino Counties.

– 10:45 am. As of today, 16,600 firefighters are battling 25 major wildfires statewide. The latest figures:

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– 10: 30 am. Angeles National Forest (above La Canada) – A brush fire erupted around 7:00 am in N. Angeles Crest Hwy. L.A. County Units were on-scene assisting with the 50 x 100 spot fire. The brush fire was stopped within two hours. (Photos are coming soon along with a small piece from our writer Reg Green).

– 10:25 am. From City of Sierra Madre:

All of the hard work yesterday putting in control and contingency lines paid off. This included bulldozer lines, hand crew lines, fire retardant drops, and firing operations. The fire laid down in our area last night and did not progress towards the city.

…We will continue to have engines coming in and out of our Sierra Madre canyons and additional work being done to help fortify the fire defenses. We want to thank the residents for their continued understanding, cooperation, and support of these efforts.

Things are looking better today for us than yesterday, and better than the day before. However, we need to remain vigilant as we will continue to battle this fire for some time.

– 10:20 am. Unhealthy air quality continues in the foothill communities. Residents are encouraged to remain indoors, avoid physical activity, and to use your air conditioning or air purifier.

– 10:10 am. Today: (Updated).

Monrovia – Today, the fire crew will continue to control burn the Spanish Canyon. The team made great progress last night and they will continue in their efforts today. As this work is taking place, residents will notice a heavy presence of fire crews on Norumbega Drive. These crews are supporting the operation that has been going on since yesterday and their presence will be seen until the operation at Spanish Canyon is complete. Additionally, residents will notice an increase in smoke. The maps below demonstrates the fire progression in the Spanish Canyon and in the Mt. Wilson area.

Sierra Madre -Today’s goal is to continue to tie the control line together. That will involve completing bulldozer lines, hand lines, and firing out. Bulldozers will be seen creating fire breaks on the face of the mountain. Smoke, and possibly flames, may be seen in Santa Anita canyon and in front of and behind the ridges. The planned firing out will remove fuel from in front of the fire.

Arcadia – An increase in resources is allowing fire crews to expand efforts to reduce the fire’s growth. Today’s primary focus remains at keeping the fire from reaching Mt. Wilson and the foothill communities. The strategic burn operation will continue as weather conditions permit. A secondary priority will be to keep the fire south of Highway 2. Aircraft will be utilized to actively support ground resources as visibility allows.

Angeles National Forest: – Acreage this morning is 41,231 with 3% containment. Crews worked all night to keep the fire from reaching Mt. Wilson and the communities. Reduced containment is due to fire growth without our being able to increase containment lines.

– 10:00 am. What happened last night:

Sierra Madre – All of the hard work yesterday putting in control and contingency lines paid off. This included bulldozer lines, hand crew lines, fire retardant drops, and firing operations. The fire laid down in our area last night and did not progress towards the city.

Arcadia – The #BobcatFire is now at 41,231 acres with 3% containment. Fire crews worked diligently last night and into this morning with a focus on protecting Mt. Wilson and the Arcadia neighborhoods along the foothills. No Arcadia structures were damaged overnight.

– 1:00 am.

All of us, at some time or other, need help. Whether we’re giving or receiving help, each one of us has something valuable to bring to this world.”
~ Fred Rogers (Mister Rogers)

Have a safe night.

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– 11:40 pm. 50 men and 10 rigs are currently fighting the #BobcatFire at Mt. Wilson Observatory area.

– 11:10 pm. From the Angeles National Forest:

Strategic firing operations are taking place to protect the infrastructure around Mt. Wilson. The firing operation is going as planned. Firefighters are taking advantage of favorable weather conditions. Crews and equipment will be staffing the #Bobcatfire throughout the evening.

– 11:05 pm. Residents residing in the Evacuation Warnings area should continue to prepare for evacuation and stay informed. A Red Cross evacuation center is open at Santa Anita Park (285 W. Huntington Drive – enter through Gate 5). Those in need of lodging will be sent to hotels after arriving at the evacuation point.

– 11:00 pm. If the #BobcatFire moves toward KPCC’s transmitter on Mt Wilson, there’s a strong possibility the radio broadcast will be off the air. Listeners can still listen online, on the KPCC app, or on a smart speaker.

– 10:50 pm. Tonight:

  • With the fire slowly burning down Spanish Canyon towards the Monrovia Canyon Park, the priority will remain to protect the communities south of the fire by continuing strategic firing operations and utilizing fixed wing aircraft. The Spanish Canyon area is thick with heavy brush, tall trees and is located in an area where burning is visible. To combat the fire, dozer lines and retardant were put into place and strike teams are assigned to the ridge line to monitor the fire as it slowly burns downhill. As fire crews are working at the very top of the Spanish Canyon, residents will see an increase in flames, smoke and fire activities.

Earlier today:

  • The south end of the fire continued to be very active with flanking and spotting. The fire crossed a dozer line and is burning on the ridge line above the east side of Little Santa Anita Canyon. Air operations will continue making retardant drops to halt the forward rate of spread. Fire activity was heavy on the west side near Winter Creek and the Santa Anita Wash with the fire progressing ¾ of the way up to Mt. Wilson ridgeline. To the north, the fire continues to push up towards Hwy 2. Fire activity in area of the Ranch2 and Fish fire was very minimal today.

– 10:45 pm. #BobcatFire – This is what we know so far. There are currently 1,091 fire personnel assigned to the fire:

  • 118 engines.
  • 19 handcrews.
  • 5 helicopters.
  • 4 aircraft.
  • 8 dozers.
  • 5 water tenders.

– 10:43 pm. Why did the #BobcatFire containment go down from 6% to 3%?

The containment area has not changed, but the fire has increased in acreage lowering the total containment.

– 10:35 pm. The #BobcatFire is moving in the direction of KPCC’s transmitter on Mt Wilson. Firefighters are working hard to protect the site averting the possibility of KPCC being forced off the air.

– 10:30 pm. Air Attack 52 has requested L.A. County Fire Dept. Copters to assist with significant spotting and heightened #BobcatFre activity near Mt. Wilson.

– 1015 pm. Reports of a major increase in fire activity, The #BobcatFire has jumped the retardant line North of Sierra Madre with spotting across Hwy 2. USFS Copter 531 is currently overhead working near Mt. Wilson Observatory.

– 10:05 pm. Update excerpts from Adams’ Pack Station included as is with no editing:

…At the moment, noone knows for curtain what the canyon will look like once the fire subsides. The reports I received from firefighters who braved working in this area, were, that it appeared that much, if not all of the main canyon burned (First Water Trail towards Sturtevant Trail). How far north the fire went is unknown and in which direction the fire ran up is unknown. Until we go in there, we won’t know if any cabins made it through the burn. For curtain, the fire was seen going up the San Olin Canyon and rolling up towards upper winter creek. Noone could say exactly where it traveled from there, however I spoke with the superintendent of Mt. Wilson Observatory early yesterday evening and he was able to see the south side of Mt. Zion burning from there at the time. I’m sure with all the online apps and links to maps, you may or have already gotten some answers as to what has been over run by fire.

I know there isn’t much information here you probably can’t already look up. However, it’s very difficult for me to say that it appears that as of yesterday evening, the pack station and the forest sevice structures were saved. This was due to efforts made by key individuals who I will forever be indebted to and will always hold firm in my heart for doing what they did. I know they would say it was their job, but I know that they went above and beyond in the face of fire and uncertain safety to do what they did, because they cared about this place, the history and these mountains. I feel a level of gratitude that I have never felt before and yet my heart breaks for every single one of you in the canyon. For the loss and/or for the agonizing unknown.

…It truly feels unreal that I am posting these very words about our precious canyon. This historic gem of a canyon will live one way or another. I know that as the days pass and the smoke settles, we will come together to figure out how. I send each and every one of you all my love.

– 10:00 pm. #BobcatFire – L.A. County Fire Dept. Strike Team 1132A and Verdugo Strike Team 1206A are currently assigned to defend Mt. Wilson Observatory area.

– 9:45 pm. #BobcatFire – The Monrovia Community Center hotline will be open from 7:00 am – 9:00 pm. Overnight calls (after 9) will be transferred to voicemail. If it’s an emergency, call 911.

– 9:35 pm. #BobcatFire – National Forests will be closed for an additional week due to resources being stretched to the limit. Vehicles are allowed to drive on Hwy 2, but no one is allowed to exist vehicle for hiking or recreation.

– 9:30 pm. There’s a fire in every national forest in California. 3 million acres have burned so far.

– 9:20 pm. Observatory Evacuated:

The #BobcatFire is knocking on our door. Fire officials predicted that the fire would approach Mt. Wilson from Echo Rock. It looks like they are correct. Note: All mountain personnel have evacuated.
~ Mount Wilson Observatory

– 9:12 pm. #BobcatFire:

Tonight Sierra Madre residents should expect to see a glow from the north, which is the fire, currently in check, behind the flame retardant fortified dozer line.
~ Sierra Madre Police Department

– 9:10 pm. #BobcatFire – Sierra Madre: The strike teams assigned to the “Madre” Structure Protection Group began fortifying the canyon in case the fire makes its way down from the ridge. The strike teams identified and improved access points, trimmed vegetation, and preplanned hose placement. Hose was requested through the Incident Command and is planned to be put in place tomorrow.

– 9:05 pm. Sierra Madre #BobcatFire update:

  • The Bobcat Fire stayed north of Sierra Madre. Fire crews improved the dozer line that runs across Harvard Ridge. To the east, the “firing out” around the Clamshell and Wilderness Park are complete and crews continue to monitor and mop up the line.
  • Sierra Madre received substantial air support throughout the day and into the evening to knock the fire down. Fire retardant was applied to buffer the dozer line, which is currently holding the fire in check.

– 9:00 pm. #BobcatFire Incident Evening Update for Monday, September 14.

Today

The Bobcat Fire is now at 38,299 acres with 3% containment. The south end of the fire is active with flanking and spotting. The fire crossed the contingency line and is burning on the ridge line above the east side of Little Santa Anita Canyon. Air operations will continue making retardant drops to halt the forward rate of spread. Tonight, the priority will remain to protect the communities south of the fire by continuing strategic firing operations and utilizing fixed wing aircraft. Fire activity was heavy on the west side near Winter Creek and the Santa Anita Wash making its way about ¾ to the Mt. Wilson Observatory. To the north, the fire continues to push up towards Hwy 2. Fire activity in Ranch2 and Fish fire burns scars saw little to no activity today.

Tonight, fire management hosted a virtual public meeting via Zoom at where representatives from the Bobcat Fire and elected officials provided an update and responded to questions from the public. To watch the recorded meeting, visit the Angeles National Forest Twitter, Facebook or Bobcat InciWeb.

Yesterday

An evacuation order was issued for portions of Arcadia and Sierra Madre, today firefighters worked to maintain containment lines and keep the fire out of communities to the south. The fire was active around Chantry Flat and in Santa Anita Canyon yesterday and moved west towards Mt. Wilson. Last night fire behavior moderated after approximately 2 AM. Overnight, the fire continued to move primarily west towards Mt. Wilson and north towards Highway 2.

Weather

Warm and dry conditions continued across the fire today. Afternoon temperatures climbed into the 80s to mid 90s. Relative humidity dropped down into the teens across most of the fire area. Southwestern ridgetop winds, gusting up to 20 MPH, were observed with typical up-canyon winds at lower elevations. With the warm and dry conditions, the fire remained active. For tonight and Tuesday, slightly warmer and drier conditions are expected.

Evacuation Alerts

Evacuation Orders: An evacuation order has been issued for all residents north of Elkins Ave. and east of Santa Anita Ave. in the City of Arcadia and portions of Sierra Madre. Residents are advised to evacuate the area using Santa Anita Ave. San Gabriel Canyon including Camp Williams remains under an Evacuation Order. A Red Cross Evacuation Center has been established at Santa Anita Park, located at 285 W. Huntington Drive, Arcadia, CA, 91007. Residents are advised to enter through Gate 5.

Evacuation Warnings: Residents north of Foothill Blvd. and east of Santa Anita Ave. remain under an evacuation warning.Evacuation Warnings remain in effect for the foothill communities of Monrovia, Bradbury, Sierra Madre, Altadena, Duarte and Pasadena.

Summary

The Bobcat Fire started on September 6th at 12:21. The fire is located near the Cogswell Dam and West Fork Day Use area. The fire is burning in heavy fuels with a rapid rate of spread.

– 8:57 pm. Containment has fallen to 3%:
The #BobcatFire remains very active. The fire grew to 38,299 acres and is 3% contained as fire growth outpaced containment. Overnight, firefighters will strategically fire Chantry Flat – Sierra Madre area if opportunities arise.

– 8:52 pm. #bobcatFire – This comment:

My grandpa is one of the bravest and hardest working man I know. He is out there fighting the north cal fires @ 68 years old. I look up to you more than you ever know. I love you old man stay safe out there and come home safe.
~ Antonio Zamora

– 8:50 pm. #BobcatFire – Another strike team is being sent to Mt Wilson for a total of 2 strike teams (10 engines) to protect Mt. Wilson observatory.

– 8:45 pm. #BobcatFire – Smoky conditions persist over the area with fires to the north and south of us, and the Bobcat fire putting out large amounts of smoke. If it smells like smoke, take precautions and limit your time outside! Protect children, elderly, pets, and sensitive populations.

– 8:32 pm. Latest image from Mt. Wilson Observatory tower cam shows the glow from the #BobcatFire flames drawing near.

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– 8:20 pm. One area Fire Crews will be focusing on tonight is the Mt. Wilson Observatory.

– 8:15 pm. Read about heroes living among us: Heroes in Waiting: Red Cross Volunteers in Arcadia by Rene Amy.

– 7:00 pm. You can watch the Angeles National Forest Virtual Meeting live on our Facebook page: (Click here).

– 6:30 pm. #BobcatFire – Angeles National Forest (@Angeles_NF) officials were caught unprepared of the enormous interest about today’s virtual meeting after much publicizing it.

– 6:25 pm. #Bobcatfire – Reports of Angeles National Forest Zoom meeting is at capacity as many residents are trying to log in for up-to-date information.

– 6:15 pm. #Bobcatfire is 1.6 miles from Mt. Wilson Observatory.

– 5:25 pm. #BobcatFire – Sierra Madre.
Download the Phase 2 map to be ready to evacuate should an evacuation order of Phase 2 be issued: (Download Map: https://bit.ly/2Fxeq9J):

  • The only evacuation order currently issued is for properties east of Santa Anita and north of Elkins.
  • A phase 2 evacuation has not been issued at this point.

Should an evacuation order for a Phase 2 evacuation be issued, the properties identified on this map will be ordered to evacuate. The city is urging residents in the Phase 2 map to be ready.

– 5:20 pm. #BobcatFire – Sierra Madre city officials will be updating the evacuation maps to expand the evacuation area to include properties outside of the canyon. These orders and updates will be released soon.

– 5:00 pm. Sierra Madre residents will start seeing in the evening fire/police personnel and public safety equipment in the streets preparing to fortify the canyon and make a final defense in an attempt to stop the #bobcatfire from burning into these areas.

– 4:30 pm. Sierra Madre: The #bobcatfire jumped over the contingency line and is burning on the ridgeline above the east side Little Santa Anita Canyon. You will notice two prominent smoke columns at the top of the canyon right now. The City will be issuing an order in the next hour directing all properties in the canyon to remove any vehicles, personal property, debris, or any other object that is in the public right of way.
Any property in the public right of way will be removed or towed beginning at 6:00 pm tonight.

– 4:20 pm. #BobcatFire – Reminder: Today at 6:30 pm, representatives of this Unified Command Incident will be discussing the status of the Bobcat fire. It is open to everyone and preregistration is not required. Join online at: http://usfs.zoomgov.com/J/1609926478.

– 4:00 pm. #bobcatFire – Satellite imagery is showing significant smoke plumes from the #BobcatFire. Southeast upper level wind flow is pushing considerable smoke towards the Santa Clarita Valley, Acton, and Antelope Valley.

– 3:56 pm. #BobcatFire – Pasadena City College campus (with the exception of custodial and Campus Police departments) will once again be closed for business tomorrow, Tuesday Sept. 15 due to poor air quality.

– 3:55 pm. COVID-19: From the Red Cross L.A.:

Did you have #COVID19? We’re looking for those who are fully recovered to give plasma to help treat seriously ill coronavirus patients.

Learn more about donating convalescent plasma.

– 3:50 pm. #BobcatFire Smoke Outlook for Sept. 14 and Sept. 15 for the LA Basin, #Bobcatfire and the Inland Empire #ElDoradoFires. (Click photo to enlarge).

Smoke outlook for fires

– 3:45 pm. #BobcatFire – From Monrovia City Manager:

Similar to previous requests, we are asking for your help during the Bobcat Fire by avoiding the areas highlighted on the Evacuation Map. This is to ensure that if an Evacuation Order is issued residents are able to evacuate and streets are easily accessible for public safety crews, including the police and fire department. In anticipation of more than normal traffic, roadblocks have been established throughout planned evacuation routes and extra police patrols will be evident.

As a reminder, an Evacuation Warning is still in effect. Those residing in the area on the Evacuation Map should continue to prepare for evacuation and stay informed.

– 3:40 pm. #BobcatFire – Throughout the day, the Incident Command Team has made the decision to bring in extra aircraft to combat the fire and lay fire retardant along dozer lines surrounding Spanish Canyon. In addition to the aircraft, residents of Monrovia, Duarte and Bradbury will see an increase in smoke, flames and firefighting activities during this time. The fire is beginning at a point high up the mountain but will be backing downward slowly and in a controlled manner. The fire is estimated to get closer to the foothill communities as the evening hours draw closer.

– 3:35 pm. There is an active fire pushing up along the eastern edge of the #BobcatFire and over the ridgeline near the northeastern corner of Spanish Canyon. As the fire begins to burn, it will back down the canyon in a slow-backing position, similar to what was seen in Monrovia Canyon Park earlier this week. The fire is moving from the eastern ridge of Spanish Canyon and down into the canyon towards the helipad.

– 3:25 pm. Fire crews worked overnight and today to protect the foothill neighborhoods of Arcadia. The #BobcatFire made its way into the Chantry Flat area above Arcadia and approached Wilderness Park:

  • Although the fire burned the hillside above the park, the park was not damaged.
  • The fire is continuing to burn westward along canyon areas through the Angeles National Forest. No structures in Arcadia have been damaged.
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Arcadia Fire Line on Sept. 14 (Photo – City of Arcadia)

– 3:23 pm. Arcadia residents in the affected area are advised to remain away from the evacuation zone as uncertain weather conditions and spot fires in the canyons above Arcadia have the potential for dangerous fire activity. The Arcadia Fire Department, in coordination with #BobcatFire Unified Command, are meeting daily to assess conditions and will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates to the community.

– 3:20 pm. #bobcatFire – Arcadia Residents:
The City of Arcadia is continuing the mandatory evacuation order for all residents north of Elkins Ave. and east of Santa Anita Ave for a second night. Residents north of Foothill Ave., south of Elkins Ave., and East of Santa Anita Ave. remain under an evacuation warning until further notice.

– 3:00 pm. #BobcatFire, Pasadena Unified – Due to poor air quality from the proximity of the Bobcat fire, the schedule for the remainder of this week (September 15-18, 2020) will be:

  • LEARNS supervised care programs at all school campuses are canceled through Friday, September 18.
  • Grab & Go Food Centers will be open from 9-11 a.m. at
    – Muir 1905 Lincoln Avenue Pasadena, CA 91103.
    – Field Elementary, 3600 E Sierra Madre Blvd Pasadena, CA 91107.
    – Norma Coombs, 2600 Paloma St Pasadena, CA 91107.
    – Madison Elementary, 515 Ashtabula St Pasadena, CA 91104.
    – McKinley School, 325 S Oak Knoll Ave Pasadena, CA 91101.
    – Wilson Middle School, 300 Madre St, Pasadena, CA 91107.

PUSD Food Service Centers were open Monday at all campuses except in Sierra Madre to ensure that students had access to meals after the last week’s interruption of services due to the wildfires.

– 2:58 pm. #BobcatFire – Residents are reporting sighting of a drone in Sierra Madre. If drones are spotted, firefighting aircraft must stay grounded. Individuals who interfere with wildfire suppression efforts may be subject to civil penalties and criminal prosecution.

– 1:58 pm. #BobcatFire – Fire crews have started prepping the canyon areas in Sierra Madre should the fire eventually reach that point. You will see firefighters with chainsaws climbing up trees and vegetation to create better access for firefighting equipment.

– 155 pm. The #BobcatFire remains active in the foothills above Sierra Madre, in the area west of Santa Anita Canyon and the Santa Anita Dam, in heavy-fuel and steep terrain: It has bumped over the contingency-line that was put in place north of the canyon areas using dozers, hand crews, and phos-chek (fire retardant).

– 1:45 pm. #Bobcatfire – Today:

It’ll start getting cooler. You just watch … I don’t think science knows, actually.
~ The President’s remarks in Sacramento today, after California’s secretary for natural resources urged not to ‘put our head in the sand’ and simply ignore the warming climate.

– 1:36 pm. Definitions of evacuations:

  • Evacuation Warning
    Residents should have evacuation plans in place, their emergency evacuation supplies organized, and their essential personal belongings accessible, in the event that an Evacuation Order is enforced.
  • Evacuation Order
    Residents must evacuate immediately due to dangerous wildfire conditions. ­

– 1:35 pm. #BobcatFire – California’s Temporary Forests Closure Order is extended until Tuesday, September 15, 2020. We are all in this together. Help do your part to stay safe and keep our safe places safe.

– 1:30 pm. #BobcatFire – Sierra Madre:

  • Mandatory Evacuation order for residents east of Santa Anita and north of Elkins in Sierra Madre remains in effect until further notice. City officials are working on a strategy to allow residents in the mandatory evacuation area to return safely, but do not have an estimated time as to when the mandatory evacuation order will be lifted.
  • Repopulation of the evacuated area will be based on the current and projected status of the Bobcat Fire, including a review of the effectiveness of the perimeter lines which have been put in place to hold the fire. This decision will be made in conjunction with Incident Operations for the Bobcat Fire.

All other areas of Sierra Madre remain under an “Evacuation Warning.” Residents need to be ready to evacuate should an evacuation order be issued.

– 1:00 pm. #BobcatFire – Santa Anita Park postponed its opening day to Friday, Sept. 25, due to poor air quality.

– 12:55 pm. #BobcatFire – From Ann Hunnewell, (a copy editor at ColoradoBoulevard.net):

Yesterday evening,
The firefighters managed to force the fire back from Monrovia.
The air cleared.
Monrovia neighbors walked.
A quartet of coyotes, over toward the Santa Anita wash, serenaded us.
We didn’t know if it was mourning, celebration, or something entirely coyote.
Four part harmony! Creepy! Amazing!
~ Sept. 13, 2020

The firestorm this morning is so powerful that it flash burned and lifted whole leaves, stem, veins and structure and dropped their ashy skeletons whole Into the ivy by my house, several blocks away.
~ Sept. 14, 2020

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Leaf (Photo – Ann Hunnewell)

– 12: 40 pm. #bobcatfire – From Mount Wilson Observatory (excerpts).

As many of you may know, the Bobcat Fire is now threatening the Observatory…As of Sunday night, it has crossed the river at the bottom of the canyon, passed Chantry Flats, and is headed rapidly upslope towards Mount Wilson. The fire will probably be upon us today.

We find ourselves in an extra tough place this year, with fires raging across the western United States, all competing for limited firefighting resources. The weather conditions have created the perfect storm, with exceptionally dry vegetation. And the pandemic has undoubtedly added another level of difficulty to these efforts.

…Nevertheless, we have been preparing all year for a fire, as we do every year. Trees have been cut. New high-flow hydrants have just been installed a few months ago to help replenish the fire departments tanker trucks with water. (A special thanks to the Ludwick Family Foundation who just a year ago awarded us funds for these and other essential infrastructure upgrades). Our giant 530,000 gallon reservoir has just been topped off and is ready to supply 33 hydrants across the Observatory.

…Another 270,000-gallon tank, belonging to the U.S. Forest Service and maintained by the Observatory, lies just outside our main gate to help defend the Observatory and the broadcast towers which provide radio, television, and communications to most of the LA Basin.

As we go to battle, a skeleton crew of four of our maintenance staff will be on hand to assist the firefighters until such time as they are ordered to leave. They have been working all week in extremely smoky conditions readying hoses on all the hydrants, lowering metal shutters on building windows, and countless other critical fire-safety preparations. Saturday, Todd Smith, who runs the LA County road operations on the mountaintop and always does heroic work to maintain access on Red Box Road from Angeles Crest Highway, cleared a small landslide that has been blocking the Old Mount Wilson Toll Road. This will provide additional access for fire crews and a second escape route in case Red Box is obstructed.

…While we hope the Observatory makes it through relatively unscathed, the battle could go either way…Our thoughts are with the firefighters who will defend the Observatory against the approaching blaze. We know they will give it their best. We cherish the historic telescopes on the mountain that revolutionized humanity’s understanding of the Cosmos and hope they will be safe. That is the most important thing…

Sam Hale
Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Mount Wilson Institute

– 11:40 am. Watch Siller Helicopters Skycrane refilling their water tank at a reservoir while fighting the #Bobcatfire, Spet. 12, 2020. (Video – Ed Whisenant).

– 11:15 am. Air Quality – Residents woke up to a smoky morning. Smoky conditions persist throughout much of the region, especially in L.A. metro area and near the #BobcatFire . Check AirNow.gov by entering your zip code.

– 11:10 am. Arcadia Police Department is routinely paroling within the mandatory evacuation area. Elderly, disabled, and high-risk residents who require evacuation assistance are advised to dial 9-1-1.

– 11:08 am. From Monrovia’s City Manager:

Thank you, Monrovians, for your water conservation efforts! At this time, the need to conserve water for active firefighting efforts is no longer present.

Please resume watering your lawns, washing your laundry, and – for the many of you wonderful residents who were so happy to share with us – go take a shower! We will continue keeping an eye on water supply, quantity and pressure as well.

– 11:05 am. #BobcatFire – Arcadia residents in the affected areas are advised to evacuate using Santa Anita Avenue. A Red Cross Evacuation Center has been established at Santa Anita Race Track (285 W. Huntington Drive, Arcadia, CA, 91007). Enter through Gate 5.

– 11:00 am. #BobcatFire – There are two Type 1 strike teams and one Type 6 (10 engines and 5 Patrols) assigned to Sierra Madre and an additional Type 1 strike team available, if needed. Additionally, Arcadia and Monrovia Fire Departments are providing a single engine and a water tender, respectively, for the City of Sierra Madre. Moreover, Sierra Madre has staffed an auxiliary engine (E241) to aide in fire support. ­­

Engine 41 and Rescue Ambulance 41 remain available to respond to the daily needs of the City.

– 10:58 am. The mandatory evacuation order for Monrovia residents north of Elkins Ave. and east of Santa Anita Ave. is still in effect until further notice. The remaining residents north of Foothill Blvd. and east of Santa Anita Ave. are still under an Evacuation Warning. Fire officials are meeting later this morning to discuss the status of the fire and will make a determination regarding changes to evacuation orders and warnings.

– 10:55 am. #BobcatFire – Fire crews today will focus on strengthening and improving the fireline between the south end of the fire and the foothill communities. When possible, control lines will be established on the fires edge and you can expect to see strategic firing operations as part of this effort. The fire has crossed to the west side of Santa Anita Canyon and is growing in the direction of Mt. Wilson and Mt. Harvard and continued line construction and strategic firing will be occurring in this area, as well. On the north end, the fire has reached Bear Creek and will continue to spread west along the crest. The crews have been successful at picking up all spot fires that have crossed Highway 2, so far, and will continue with these efforts. Additionally, the fire is holding to the west side of Highway 39 and crews will continue to work at maintaining this perimeter.

– 10:50 am. As of this morning, there are currently 888 fire personnel assigned to the fire:

  • 78 engines.
  • 17 handcrews.
  • 5 helicopters.
  • 4 aircraft.
  • 8 dozers.
  • 5 water tenders.

– 10:30 am. What happened overnight?

Arcadia

Fire crews worked overnight to protect the foothill neighborhoods. The #BobcatFire made its way into the Chantry Flat area above Arcadia and approached Wilderness Park. Although the fire burned the hillside above the park, the park was not damaged.

Monrovia

The fire has crossed to the west side of Santa Anita Canyon and is growing in the direction of Mt. Wilson and Mt. Harvard and continued line construction and strategic firing will be occurring in this area, as well. On the north end, the fire has reached Bear Creek and will continue to spread west along the crest. Fire crews have been successful at picking up all spot fires that have crossed Highway 2, so far, and will continue with these efforts. Additionally, the fire is holding to the west side of Highway 39 and crews will continue to work at maintaining this perimeter.

Sierra Madre

Overnight the fire jumped the road 1/8-mile north of the Water Tank turnout above the dam and burned approximately 300 acres. At midnight the fire was burning from the bottom of Santa Anita Canyon to the peak. As of 5:00 am this morning, the fire is burning south of the water tower above the road and holding in the canyon bottom behind the dam keeper’s house.
It is unclear if the fire made it to the top over the bulldozer lines. Flames may be seen north of the canyon today, however, there is still plenty of terrain between the fire and the canyon. On the east-end (Wilderness Park/Clamshell Dam area), the fire looks good and fire crews finished yesterday’s burnout operation late last night. They will be doing additional burn operations this morning in the mouth of Santa Anita Canyon.

No structures in Monrovia, Arcadia or Sierra Madre have been impacted. The fire has grown to over 36,000 acres and is 6% contained.

9/13/20

– 11:30 pm. #BobcatFire – In one week, the foothill communities went from a “bear rummaging through our garbage” and a “coyote going after a small animal” to evacuation warnings and evacuation orders. On Monday morning, let’s think of what a privilege it is to wake up in our own beds, and be thankful for the little things we still have. Thank you to all the firefighters out there keeping our communities safe. Have a peaceful night and be safe everyone.

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(Photo – City of Monrovia)

– 11:00 pm. #BobcatFire – Multiple strike teams are positioned in the evacuated areas of Arcadia tonight should there be any changes in fire conditions. Evacuation Warning remains in effect and residents should remain prepared for evacuation if unexpected weather and fire conditions require.

– 9:30. #BobcatFire – The Information Center at the Monrovia Community Center will be closed tonight, but phone lines will remain open. Those who are seeking information overnight can call (626) 256-8246. Weather and wind conditions can be unpredictable and the fire can kick up incredibly quickly. Residents are encouraged to remain aware and ready if an Evacuation Order is issued.

– 9:25 pm. #BobcatFire – Throughout the day, strategic control burning was utilized in the south as fire remained very active reaching Chantry Flat in Santa Anita Canyon. Hand crews and dozers are working in the areas around Mt. Wilson and Mt. Harvard as the fire has grown significantly west:

  • In Monrovia, a lot of progress has been made to the point where there may still be flames in the hills, but there is a lot less than what we’ve been seeing the past 7 days.
  • Firefighters are working in the hills to clean up fires, suppress any remaining flames and watch for flares and startups until the hot areas begin to cool. Keep in mind that flares may occur as the hills are still smoking and embers could ignite residual fires. Call 9-1-1 if you see a new fire ignite.
Charred terrains in Monrovia

Sept. 13, 2020 (Photo – City of Monrovia)

– 9:20 pm. This what we know so far. There are currently 888 personnel assigned to the fire:

  • 78 engines.
  • 17 handcrews.
  • 5 helicopters.
  • 4 aircraft.
  • 8 dozers.
  • 5 water tenders.

– 9:05 pm. The #BobcatFire burned across Santa Anita Canyon, but is currently in check and behind the front country.  The fire will continue to burn and move this evening towards the northwest, potentially as much as 1.5 miles, but it has been pushed far enough to the north that flames will be less visible than yesterday and may result in only an orange glow for Sierra Madre tonight.

– 9:00 pm. The fire crews made great progress on the #BobcatFire this afternoon and into the early evening.  Air support was able to get a fire retardant line down covering the Manzanita Ridge and acting as a buffer to the fire should it start burning back towards Sierra Madre. This was completed in addition to dozer lines and hand lines.

– 8:30 pm. #BobcatFire – Reminder:

  • Monday, Sept. 14, fire management will host a virtual public meeting via Zoom at 6:30 pm.
  • Wildlife home is on fire too. If you’re able, place a bucket of water outside for the scared and exhausted animals.
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Bear Sighting at Canyon Park. Wildlife home is on fire (Photo – City of Monrovia)

 

– 8:15 pm. #BobcatFire Evening Incident Report from Angeles National Forest:

Summary: “There has been significant western growth toward Mt Wilson and Mt Harvard on the #BobcatFire. Crews are putting in dozer line to protect the area; additional resources arrived today.”

Full report:

Today

The Bobcat Fire grew to 33, 312 aces with 6% containment today. Crews conducted strategic firing operations in the south as the fire remained very active reaching Chantry Flat in Santa Anita Canyon. There has been significant western growth towards Mt. Wilson and Mt. Harvard where hand crews and dozers are working to protect the area. Fire activity is expected to grow north where hand crews continue to conduct firing operations. Numerous spot fires near Buckhorn Flat and Highway 2 were successfully contained. On the west, the fire is staying within containment lines near Highway 39. The Station, Ranch2 and Fish fire scars are helping moderate fire activity due to low fuel toads. Tonight, the priority will remain to protect foothill communities using additional resources that arrived today. Tomorrow, Sept- 14, fire management will host a virtual public meeting via Zoom at 6:30 pm. Representatives from the Bobcat Fire Will be available to provide an update and respond to your questions.

Yesterday

Crews worked actively all last night on the southern end of the fire where it continued burning downhill into the foothill communities. Fire crews saw fire activity in the north and south ends of the Bobcat Fire yesterday. On the south end, the fire reached Santa Anita Canyon area and remained active overnight.

Weather

Warm and dry conditions continued across the fire today. The smoke was thinner today, allowing for the warmer and drier conditions and active fire behavior. Afternoon winds were a bit stronger than previous days with southwesterly/upcanyon Winds gusting to around I5 MPH. For tonight, similar conditions will persist are expected with limited humidity recovery and weak northeasterly/downcanyon winds.

Evacuation Alerts

Evacuation Orders
A mandatory evacuation order has been issued for all residents north of Elkins Ave. and east of Santa Anita Ave. in the City of Arcadia and portions of Sierra Madre. Residents are advised to evacuate the area using Santa Anita Ave. San Gabriel Canyon including Camp Williams remains under an Evacuation Order. A Red Cross Evacuation Center has been established at Santa Anita Park, located at 285 W. Huntington Drive, Arcadia, CA, 91007. Residents are advised to enter through Gate 5.

Evacuation Warnings
Residents north of Blvd. and east of Santa Anita Ave. remain under an evacuation warning. Evacuation Warnings remain in effect for the foothill communities of Monrovia, Bradbury, Sierra Madre. Altadena, Duarte and Pasadena.

– 6:53 pm. #BobcatFire – Update from Pasadena Unified:

  • PUSD’s Grab and Go Food Centers will reopen Monday at all school sites with reduced hours. Curbside meals will be served from 9:00 am to 11:00 am.
  • Pasadena LEARNs supervised care programs are canceled on Monday, September 14.
  • Curbside Tech Support resumes service. Curbside Tech Support is available by advance appointments only.

– 6:25 pm. #BobcatFire – Sierra Madre has 4 strike teams assigned to the city. Each strike team consists of 5 engines:

  • 10 type 1 engines, and 10 type 6 engines.
  • 2 air tankers (phos-chek airplanes).
  • 2 helicopters.
  • A structure protection team.
  • Numerous fire equipment and personnel.

Gabriel L. Engeland, City Manager, said:

Incident command has done an excellent job of managing the resources assigned to the fire, and the Sierra Madre Fire Department, as part of unified command, has been working the fire locally and in conjunction with Arcadia and Monrovia.

– 6:22 pm. #BobcatFire – The Sierra Madre Police Department is limiting access to residents of the canyon areas through barricaded and guarded street entry. The City remains under an evacuation warning. The only evacuations which have taken place are for properties east of Santa Anita and north of Elkins.

– 6:20 pm. #BobcatFire – As the sun goes down and the smoke fully lifts, Sierra Madre residents will again be able to clearly see flames and will be able to observe how far the fire has moved. Officials that we are watching the fire locally and coordinating regionally while working with incident command to keep residents safe.

– 6:10 pm. An Erickson MD-87 Air Tanker (N295EA) over Glendale is setting up for a drop on the #Bobcatfire.

– 6:05 pm. All Pasadena City College (PCC) campuses are closed (including access to the bookstore) to physical access on Monday, Sept. 14, due to unhealthy air quality conditions from the #BobcatFire.

– 6:00 pm. Sierra Madre Residents:

  • You may be seeing apparatus from surrounding agencies driving throughout the city, parked on city streets and/or staging at various locations. These departments are familiarizing themselves with Sierra Madre neighborhoods and terrain in order to develop the best possible plan to combat the fire and protect structures, should the need arise. Units have been strategically placed throughout the city to best protect the citizens in a timely manner.
  • Fire personnel may also be using various locations to stage units in preparation for possible fire attack. There are a total of 4 strike teams consisting of 10 fire engines and 10 fire patrols dedicated to Sierra Madre. Residents should steer clear of these areas in order to allow Firefighters to work on keeping Sierra Madre safe.

– 5:45 pm. Smoke Advisory extended to Monday, September 14th as smoke from #BobcatFire and #ElDoradoFire, as well as smoke from Central and Northern California fires, continue to affect air quality.

Un aviso de humo permanece vigente hasta el domingo 13 de septiembre para la Cuenca del Aire de la Costa Sur. Para información en español sobre el humo y la calidad del aire, visite https://bit.ly/3hxdlLP

– 5: 25 pm. An update from Mount Wilson Observatory:

The observatory recognized the need for fire readiness since we avoided a disaster from the Station Fire in 2009. To that end, we have improved our infrastructure to meet this challenge.
With assistance from the County of Los Angeles Dept. of Parks and Open Spaces, we reconstructed our 530,000 gallon in-ground reservoir for fire suppression, bringing our total capacity to 640,000 gallons. We have also replaced our existing hydrants with dry-barrel hydrants with grant assistance from the Ludwick Family Foundation.
We are also most grateful for the assistance we are presently receiving from agency ground crews who are clearing brush to ensure defensible spaces around our structures.

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(Photo – Mount Wilson Observatory)

– 5:33 pm. The #BobcatFire is now 33,312 acres with 6% containment. Due to increased fire activity, crews conducted strategic firing operations around Chantry Flat to the south on Santa Anita Canyon Road. Firefighters were successful in containing spot fires near Buckhorn Flat and HWY 2.

– 5:30 pm. #bobcatfire – Residents experiencing outages can check SCE Outage Center page.

– 5:15 pm. From Monrovia City Manager:

We wanted to share with you several photos taken today. While it may hurt for some to see our beloved Canyon Park, please know that fire suppression tactics and activities kept our structures undamaged even if the brush around it is burned out. At one point earlier in the week when the Incident Command Team was discussing fire engagement strategies, the City of Monrovia made it clear that Monrovia Canyon Park and the Hillside Wilderness Preserve are community gems and should be protected. We cannot express enough our deep appreciation to the many agencies and crews who fought tirelessly to preserve our Park. Though work is not complete and fire remains in the City, it is a comfort to see progress has been made, fire lines are being held and resources are focusing on the fire area near the Santa Anita Wash in Arcadia. Please remember, conditions may change and fire can always change direction.

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Canyon Park Cabin and Road (Photo – City of Monrovia)

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Monrovia Fire at Canyon Park and Arcadia (Photo – City of Monrovia)

– 5:11 pm. The #BobcatFire remains a threat to the foothill communities as it moves towards cities of Arcadia and Sierra Madre. Monrovia residents north of Foothill should remain prepared to evacuate. The active portion of the fire is in the northwest corner of Monrovia’s Hillside Wilderness Preserve and has moved into Arcadia’s Wilderness Preserve and is pushing west. Firefighters continue extinguishing hot spots in and around Canyon Park. These hot spots can always kick up with wind and will remain a possible threat until they’re extinguished.

– 5:05 pm. #Bobcatfire – Request for five Large Air Tankers was fulfilled. Four of the fire are currently dropping North of Sierra Madre significantly slowing the fire. Hotspot area was detected in the Canyons near Harvard.

– 5:00 pm. #bobcatFire – Pasadena Unified classes are expected to continue as scheduled for Monday, Sept. 14, We will keep you posted with any new developments.

– 4:45 pm. #BobcatFire – Four large air tankers were requested and are en-route from Fresno: T105 T107 T160 & T163.

– 4:40 pm. Due to current fire conditions and evacuations in the area, and to keep Acadia Unified students, staff, and families safe, meal distribution at Highland Oaks and Foothill Middle School will be relocating tomorrow, September 14th. You may pick up your meals at any other school site throughout the district. (Click for times and locations).

– 4:30 pm. Arcadia Unified classes are expected to continue as scheduled for Monday, Sept. 14:

However, it is understood that many students and their families, especially those at Highland Oaks School and Foothills Middle School, may be impacted by the #BobcatFire.
~ Raymond Cheung, Arcadia Unified Board Member

– 4:15 pm. The #BobcatFire is currently burning into Arcadia Wilderness Park. Crews are standing by and ready to engage.

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(Photo – City of Sierra Madre)

– 4:05 pm. #BobcatFire – Previously ordered six tankers will be working the southern end of the fire and will be staging over by the Rose Bowl until directed where to drop. The order is still being filled.

– 4:00 pm. #BobcatFire – The mandatory evacuation order for all Arcadia residents north of Elkins Ave. and east of Santa Anita Ave. in the City of Arcadia will remain in effect overnight. Residents north of Foothill Blvd. and east of Santa Anita Ave. remain under an “Evacuation Warning.”

– 3:57 pm. Buckhorn Campground Update:
There was some concern the fire may come down into Buckhorn Campground yesterday, but fire crews were able to set backfires in the area and stop the spread up that way. The fire has been starved of most fuel in the area.

– 3:30 pm. Watch a Google Earth video in order to get an idea of the perimeter and terrain of the #Bobcatfire. (As of the morning of Sept. 13):

– 3:18 pm. Air attack is requesting six tankers, any type, to the #BobcatFire.

– 3:08 pm. Angeles National Forest press conference (live):

– 2:55 pm. Graphics by Monrovia Fire Dept.

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– 2:45 pm. Information worth repeating:

  • As the #bobcatfire intensifies, Wildlife is scared and will be fleeing the fire and may show up in your yard. Keep domestic animals inside and, if possible, put out buckets of water for the scared and exhausted animals. They have lost their homes.
  • Many residents have reported sighting of wildlife, (deer, coyotes, bears, and one bobcat), coming down the hills looking for food and water. Our copy editor, Ann Hunnewell, talked about one deer and two newly born fawns (babies) taking refugee in her backyard. Ann provided water – from a safe distance- and was content with the backyard bushes as food for the hungry visitors.
  • Pasadena Humane Society can provide temporary shelter for wildlife, but they’re mainly busy with domestic pets lost or left by evacuees.

– 2:15 pm. Today, there are 16,750 firefighters battling 29 major wildfires statewide:

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(Photo – Cal Fire)

– 2:10 pm. The Angeles National Forest will be hosting a virtual public meeting via Zoom on Monday, Sept. 14 at 6:30 pm. Representatives from the #BobcatFire will be available to provide an update. Click http://usfs.zoomgov.com/J/1609926478 to join online.

– 1:38 pm. Although many aircraft are on hold due to poor visibility, one helitanker is on its way back to the #BobcatFire.

– 1:23 pm. If you are evacuating with your pets, make sure to grab any necessary items as leash, medication, etc.  The Red Cross evacuation point at Santa Anita PArk welcomes everyone including pets, making sure your furry loved ones find a safe shelter. The Pasadena Humane Society has staff onsite as well assisting with the intake of animals that need emergency boarding.

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(Photo – RedCrossLA)

– 1:15 pm. Due to the ongoing Bobcat Fire in the San Gabriel Valley, Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger signed a proclamation Sunday declaring a state of emergency in the region.

– 1:00 pm. Sierra Madre Residents:

  • The only area of Sierra Madre under an evacuation order is east of Santa Anita and north of Elkins. This is 32 homes total. There are no other areas under evacuation orders.
  • The rest of Sierra Madre is still under an “Evacuation Warning.” The City has made evacuation plans for different areas of Sierra Madre that will be determined by how well the fire behaves today. If an evacuation order is issued, it will come with sufficient time to evacuate safely.

– 12:50 pm. #bobcatfire – This comment from a teacher

How do you even teach under these conditions? A student just emailed that she’s being evacuated this morning because of the Bobcat fire, but still plans and hopes to be in attendance tomorrow for the first day of (Zoom) classes — her first day as a Stanford student.
~ @mavisclare

– 12:45 pm. Fire crews continue to work to stop the spread of the #Bobcatfire. The City of #Arcadia is ordering all residents north of Elkins Ave. and east of Santa Anita Ave. to evacuate due to dangerous wildfire conditions. (Video – City of Arcadia):

Bobcat Fire from City of Arcadia on Vimeo.

– 12:35 pm. Meanwhile, Josie Huang, a KPCC reporter and a resident of Altadena, was arrested Saturday night by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies while she was covering the ambush shooting of two deputies in Compton. (Details at KPCC’s owned LAist).

– 12:20 pm. Angeles National Forest press conference details:

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(Click to enlarge)

– 12:15 pm. Duarte, Bradbury, Altadena and Pasadena remain in an “Evacuation Warning”.

– 12:12 pm. N1925M (red Sikorsky Skycrane helicopter) out of La Verne has been working Big Santa Anita all morning.

– 12:10 pm. #BobcatFire – Elderly, disabled, and high risk residents who need evacuation assistance, can always call 9-1-1.

12:03 pm. What happened during the night:

Lower Clamshell Trail served as a contingency fire break and access road for hot shot crews working on those portions of fire in northeastern Monrovia. The fire never reached the trail – which was graded – but burn spots did come very close. There are portions of the Hillside Wilderness Preserve (HWP) which did burn. Fortunately, the HWP served as an important buffer zone between the fire and hundreds of homes in North and Northwest Monrovia. Incident Command watched the fire’s path of travel and forecasted contingencies for about 5-6 homes in the area at the top of Cloverleaf Drive which are difficult to access. At least a couple of them are really close to a ridgeline and would have been threatened if the fire made a run up to the ridge. We decided to contact these homeowners and evacuate them even when it remained unnecessary to issue a citywide Evacuation Order for Phase 1 (1,450 homes) of our Evacuation Plan. Fortunately for us, the 5-6 homeowners had already voluntarily vacated when we made door-to-door contact and phone calls. They were very grateful for the outreach.
~ Monrovia City Manager

– 11:55 am. Angeles National Forest officials will be hosting a press conference today at 3:00 pm at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Center. The press conference will cover only any evacuation order(s).

– 11:50 am. The City of #Arcadia is ordering all residents north of Elkins Ave. and east of Santa Anita Ave. to evacuate due to dangerous wildfire conditions. Residents in the area are advised to use Santa Anita Ave. to leave the area.

– 11:45 am. An evacuation order was given to Sierra Madre residents with homes and property east of Santa Anita and north of Elkins:

  • The rest of Sierra Madre remains under an evacuation warning, and residents in the upper and lower canyon should be ready to evacuate should a formal order be given.
  • Any evacuation order issued will allow residents the necessary time to evacuate in a safe manner.

Residents are urged to remain calm and execute the individual plan you put together for yourself and your families should additional evacuation orders be issued. Also, don’t forget to check on your neighbors.

– 11:40 am. This morning the City of Sierra Madre has entered into unified command with Angeles National Forest and local agencies. Today at 11:00 am, the City Council met and declared a local emergency.

– 11:35 am. The Red Cross has re-opened its evacuation point at Santa Anita Park – Gate 5 for those affected by the #BobcatFire. Residents are urged to come to the evacuation point if they need refuge. Every resident will be given safe lodging and food.

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(Photo – @redcrossla)

– 11:38 am. 32 Sierra Madre homes have been evacuated.

– 11: 20 am. This is what we know so far. There are currently 813 personnel assigned to the fire including:

  • 72 engines.
  • 18 handcrews.
  • 5 helicopters.
  • 4 aircraft.
  • 7 dozers and 4 water tenders. Today’s weather is forecast to be 89 degrees and cloudy. The smoke will continue in the region for some time. Both the smoke and inversions have helped tamp down the fire in Monrovia during the morning and early afternoons. As the temperature rises as does the smoke, the fire can pick up speed or heat. Today’s smoke layer will feel much like that of yesterday. Similar to other forecasts this week, light southwest winds will blow in the morning towards the northeast and then will reverse in the afternoon event.

– 11:15 am. List of Arcadia streets within Evacuation Zone:

Angelo Place
Arno Drive
Canyon Road
Carlwood Drive
Chantry Flat Road
Cielo Place
Elkins Ave
Elkins Place
Highland Oaks Drive
Highland Vista Drive
Hillgreen Place
Marilyn Place
Monte Place
Oaks Place
Topaz Place
Via Granate Street
Vista Ave
Wilson Ave

– 11:10 am. From Pasadena:

We continue to closely monitor the #BobcatFire. While there remains no immediate threat to Pasadena, we urge residents to stay ready for possible evacuation, especially if you can see flames nearby.

– 11:02 am. Sierra Madre Emergency Council Meeting still ongoing: It’s being live-streamed on the City’s website (and on our Facebook page). Few residents have been evacuated already. On the agenda: “Recommendation that the City Council approve Resolution No.20-63 Proclaiming the Existence of a Local Emergency as a result of the Bobcat Fire.” To participate in public comment, you may call:

Phone Number: 669-900-9128
Meeting ID: 626-232-0232
Password: 232242

– 11:00 am. Arcadia residents: For fire information call: (626) 574-5208.

– 10:54am. Monrovia-Arcadia-Sierra Madre:
One major area of concern is the southwest section of the fire which pushed hard to the Santa Anita Wash. It is now positioned in a drainage area below Chantry Flats and presents a threat to not only Monrovia, but the communities of Arcadia and Sierra Madre. Like the City of Monrovia, our neighboring sister cities are now impacted differently.

– 10:41 am. Arcadia:
Arcadia residents north of Elkins Ave; east of Santa Anita Ave. shall evacuate due to dangerous fire conditions. Residents are advised to use Santa Anita Ave. to leave the area.

– 10:40 am. Few homes in Arcadia are being evacuated. The Red Cross is setting up an evacuation point at Santa Anita Park. Sierra Madre has an emergency Council meeting. The #Bobcatfire is 32000 acres with  6% contained. More to come.

– 12:00 am. An update from Adams’ Pack Station. We will include it as is with no editing. Stay safe everyone:

Good evening friends.. The fire in Big Santa Anita Canyon is now about half way down the mountain above the First Water Trail/ and the beginning sections of Sturtevant Trail/Gabrielino Trail. (NOTE: NOT ON THE TRAILS BUT ON THE UPPER PARTS OF THE CANYON ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE CANYON) It has moved south on the ridge past the dam and towards the debris basin at the southern/east sise of the canyon. It is burning very hevily above the dam area. The helicopters continued to pour over on the hillsides above the cabins and down towards the south end until about an hour ago. Some fire personnel are at Chantry still working on the next plan of attack. There is no way to fight directly anymore. They will hit it with air support again tomorrow visibility permitting, to put as much moisture as they can on it to slow it down. However, we can only wait now and see how it continues to move down the canyon. The Forest Service folks up there spent the day dozing lines and preparing for the fire for if or when or it heads up the mountain towards Mt. Wilson on the front side of the Mountain. We just need to hope for the best and hope noone gets hurt. I’m sorry friends. I know it doesn’t look hopeful that it won’t get to the heart of BSAC. Every single cabin owner is in my thoughts and heart, as well as Sturtevant Camp. I know this is awful but I say it’s not over til it’s over. I will have hope until the very end that it’s still possible our places survive this. I will be manning the Chantry gate again tomorrow. I will post any updates of the progression of the fire.

9/12/20

– 11:50 pm. The #Bobcatfire has entered the Chantry Flats area on the east side of Santa Anita Canyon. Although large flames can be seen when the fire hits heavy pockets of vegetation, it is not a fast moving fire. A reminder for residents under Evacuation Warnings that weather and wind conditions can be unpredictable and the fire can kick up incredibly quickly. Residents are encouraged to remain aware and ready if an Evacuation Order is issued.

– 9:55 pm. Tomorrow’s L.A. Times headline: “The Bobcat fire casts a pall of unhealthy air over L.A.”

– 9:45 pm. Earlier today, fire crews focused on maintaining protection on the south end of the #bobcatfire as winds pushed the fire northeast. The northern portion of the fire has reached up into ridges near Angeles Crest Highway where retardant drops have been made. Steep terrain and dry fuels, some of which haven’t burned in the last 60 years, will create challenges for crews. Fire crews will continue working on opening dozer lines and utilizing the road system throughout the night to slow progression of the fire. Poor air quality is expected to continue into tomorrow.

– 9:40 pm. #BobcatFire – Roadblocks were established for the third night by Monrovia Police, ensuring planned evacuation routes were clear while extra patrols are roving neighborhoods and moving onlookers and non-residents to keep emergency evacuation routes open.

– 9:35 pm. #BobcatFire – Click to view the Evening Operational Update by Angeles National Forest for September 12, 2020.

– 9:30 pm. The Santa Anita Canyon near Chantry Flat will have high fire activity throughout the night. Priorities for firefighters will be to hold containment lines and continue to protect Monrovia as the fire travels westward. Control burn operations were utilized in the northeast, within Canyon Park and along the southern edge of the fire line near Ridgeside, to keep fire away from firebreaks.

– 9: 28 pm. Monrovia authorities received two reports of illegal drone activity. Police were dispatched immediately and apprehended one operator. The second drone operator was never found. Individuals who interfere with wildfire suppression efforts may be subject to civil penalties and criminal prosecution.

– 9:25 pm. The #BobcatFire remains 29,245 acres with 6% containment near the eastern edge of the fire. That region has a burn scar from the recent Ranch2 Fire creating less intense fire behavior for fire crews.

– 9:00 pm. From a resident:

It is a comfort to hear the helicopters overhead. They have been active since this morning (and yesterday afternoon). Thank you for your tireless effort in protecting our communities.
~ @mc_frame

– 8:45 pm. As the #bobcatfire intensifies, Wildlife is scared and will be fleeing the fire and may show up in your yard. Keep domestic animals inside and, if possible, put out buckets of water for the scared and exhausted animals. They have lost their homes.

– 8:15 pm. #bobcatFire Sept. 12, at 8:00 pm.

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– 8:10 pm. Meanwhile, #ElDoradoFire West of Oak Glen in San Bernardino County is 14,212 acres and 41% contained.

– 7:45 pm. Evacuation warning remains in effect for residents in the foothill communities. While there is no immediate threat, conditions could change rapidly.

– 7:40 pm. #BobcatFire – Today’s Update from the Angeles National Forest Service:

Bobcatfire Update Report

(Click to enlarge)

– 7:35 pm. Fire crews saw heavy fire activity in the north and south ends of the #BobcatFire today. The fire reached Santa Anita Canyon near Chantry Flat on the south. Fire activity will remain high overnight. Priorities remain to hold containment lines and protect the foothill communities.

Los equipos de bomberos vieron una intensa actividad de fuego en los extremos norte y sur del #BobcatFire. El incendio alcanzó el Cañón de Santa Anita cerca de Chantry Flat. La actividad del fuego permanecerá alta durante la noche. Prioridades son proteger comunidades cercanas.

– 7: 21 pm. VLAT 914 came out of San Bernardino carrying 9400 gallons of retardant following her lead plan for another attack on the #BobcatFire before the light fades.

– 7:20 pm. An unhealthy air advisory has been extended through Sunday and residents with and without existing health issues are advised to continue taking precautions. Kara Finnstrom reports from CBS Los Angeles in Pasadena:

 

– 7:10 pm. Updated photo from Edison’s Arcadia camera looking toward the #bobcatfire:

fire coming down a mountain

 

– 6:40 pm. In case you need to know how to evacuate your family and 74 goats from a fire 🙂

– 6:15 pm. From Caltrans:

Due to #BobcatFire Route 39 at Old San Gabriel Cyn Rd; Route 2, From JEO Upper Big Tujunga Cyn Rd to Islip Saddle; and (@District8
handle) from Islip Saddle to Big Pines Hwy. All lanes are closed in both directions.

– 5:51. #BobcatFire All tankers have arrived. Fixed wing aircraft will be working on the northern side keeping it away from the Mojave boundary. Quebec 1 & 2 along with rotorwing will be working the southern part near Monrovia.

– 5:30 pm. Valuable information in this article. Click to read: “Things You Can Do To Keep the Air Quality Indoors as Good as Possible.”

– 5:20 pm. #BobcatFire has reached into Big Santa Anita Canyon near Chantry Flat. Fire crews are working diligently to halt forward rate of spread.

– 5:15 pm. VLAT914 aircraft has lifted off from Santa Monica Airport and is headed in the direction of the #BobcatFire.

– 5:05 pm. Air Quality Index: FYI

  • Zero to 50: Good.
  • 50 to 100: Moderate.
  • 101 to 150: Unhealthy for some groups.
  • 151 to 200: Unhealthy for everyone.
  • 200 to 300: Very unhealthy.

On Saturday, Sept. 12, at 22:00 UTC, Monrovia was 170 and Altadena was 294. Some of the hardest hit parts in the center of the State are measuring more than 500.

– 5:00 pm.  Trask Boy Scout Camp:

Last night, two additional City strike teams went up to Trask Boy Scout Camp to assist in the firefighting efforts. The fire approached the Camp through the drainage area below the Camp and so they focused on protecting and preserving Trask. Fire tactics used to combat the fire range from control burning to water suppression. Even before this fire, Trask suffered from water system problems and the firefighters had to rig the pool for additional water supply use to engage the fire. Trask is still there and firefighters thus far have been successful.

– 4:46 pm. From the City of Monrovia:

There remains a consensus that an Evacuation Warning remains. If residents in the highlighted portion of the Evacuation Map are concerned or feel the fire is too close, please consider voluntarily evacuating.

– 4:55 pm. As the Incident Command Team assesses the fire conditions and terrain, strike teams, fire engines and Monrovia police officers are making contingency plans in case it does get close. They are speaking with residents, discussing possible control burning operations as pictured on the map below (fight fire with fire,) and have staged hoses and fire engines for fire suppression.

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– 4:48 pm. The Incident Command Team continues to make contingency plans for Monrovia neighborhoods in the far northern reaches of Monrovia (Briarcliff, Ridgeside, N. Canyon, and Oakglade). The fire has a chance of getting close to Lower Clamshell Trail, possibly affecting homes in the area.

– 4:47 pm. The #bobcatfire entered Canyon Park and has burned areas including Monrovia Falls. Firefighters are working hard to keep it on the north side of Sam The Damkeeper’s House and also north of the Nature Center.

– 4:30 pm. If you’ve escaped to the beach for the day and you’re checking our updates:

  • Coastal areas will likely see another round of dense fog this evening with visibility less than 1/4 mile at times across the Central Coast and overnight for coastal areas of LA, Ventura and southern SBA county.

– 3:35 pm. #BobcatFire _ Fire crews continue strategic firing operations in the northeast section of the fire near Hwy 39 and Angeles Crest Hwy 2. Air operations remain in the north & south ends, monitoring growth and making water drops to protect the foothill communities.

– 3:10 pm. This is what we know about the #bobcatfire so far:

  • Resources Assigned: 765 personnel.
  • Engines: 69
  • Handcrews: 17
  • Helicopters: 5
  • Aircraft: 2
  • Dozers: 5
  • Water tenders: 5
  • Road Closures:
    San Gabriel Canyon Rd (HWY 39) is closed at Old San Gabriel Canyon Rd. SR 2 (Angeles Crest Hwy.) is closed from Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road to Big Pines. Glendora Ridge Road. Glendora Mountain Road.

– 2:38 pm. #BobcatFire – Smoke Advisory extended to Sunday, September 13th with additional impacts from smoke coming from Central and Northern California fires.

– 1:00 pm. Monrovia City Manager:

With the support of Incident Command, we continue to be cautiously optimistic about the progression of the fire.

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(Photo – City of Monrovia)

 

– 12:50 pm. #bobcatfire comparison:

map comparison of fire spreading

– 12:40 pm. If You Fly Your Drone, Aircraft Cannot Fly:
Aircraft pilots are dropping water and retardant on #BobcatFire hot spots today to protect communities threatened by fire. If drones are spotted, firefighting aircraft must stay grounded.

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No drone (Photo – Caltrans)

– 12:20 pm. The City of Monrovia is asking residents to conserve water. As firefighters, and strike teams, begin engaging the fire at Canyon Park today, their effort will include large and continuous amounts of water usage. The water will be drawn down from the City’s water supply. Here is a list of ways residents can help fight the fire today:

  • Do not water your lawns, rooftops, or homes. This is not a wind-driven event and embers are not blowing downwind.
  • Conserve water.
    The City stores millions of gallons of water which is used during the day and replenished constantly. When adding firefighting consumption, the tanks will not replenish as fast. If residents conserve, we can replenish the tanks faster than without conservation.
  • Water movement
    The City has planned ahead by designing the water system, a combination of many water storage tanks, pumps and pipe, to move water around where it is needed, including from the water plant up above Canyon Park! The City has millions of gallons of water not in use and ready for firefighting efforts so they can begin pumping the water across town to locations closest to hydrants used for the fire. Some residents may notice a reduction in water pressure or even, possibly, water quality as it is pumped across town. This is normal in a situation like this.
  • If an Evacuation Order is issued or if you leave your home, do not leave your irrigation systems, faucets or water spigots on. The water supply needs to be available as long as the fire is present.

– 11:55 am. #BobcatFire Morning Operational Update for September 12, 2020. (Click to view).

– 11:45 am. The National Weather Service Los Angeles: Thick smoke from the #BobCatFire is engulfing the foothill areas such as Monrovia, Sierra Madre, Altadena, and Pasadena.

– 11:35 am. There are 765 personnel assigned to the fire, including 69 engines, 17 handcrews, 5 helicopters, 2 aircrafts, 5 dozers and 5 water tenders.

– 11:32 am. Extreme fire behavior is expected today due to dry conditions and abundant fuel to the north and east:

  • The #bobcatfire continued its way downhill last night and is now within Canyon Park and near the Trask Boy Scout Camp. Firefighters have begun engaging the fire near Trask.
  • The approach is to build defensible spaces using hand crews, dozer lines and Phos-Chek drops as a perimeter, allowing the fire to slowly back into the perimeter. Now that the fire is nearing areas where firefighters will engage, additional crews are being assigned to help with engagement, including many from the Monrovia Fire Department.
  • Crews will focus on containing the fire on its southern end from Mt. Wilson to the foothill line to the south. Crews will also work on the north end to keep the fire south of Highway 2 and west of Highway 39. All roads leading into San Gabriel Canyon are closed.

– 11:30 am. The #BobcatFire northeast of Cogswell Reservoir, San Gabriel Canyon in Los Angeles county is 29,245 acres and 6% contained. Firefighters worked overnight to contain the fire from spreading to the foothill communities.

9/11/20

– 11:00 pm. Late night update:

  • The #BobcatFire stands at 26,368 acres consumed with 6% containment. Evacuation warnings remain in place for residents in Monrovia, Arcadia, Sierra Madrid, Pasadena, Altadena, Duarte, and Bradbury.
  • Fire crews saw the most activity in the north and south ends of the #bobcatfire. The fire crew’s priorities remain to strengthen containment lines and halt forward progression of the fire as it makes its way south.
  • Crews are trying to hold the fire from crossing Hwy 39 while monitoring for spot fires. Both the western and eastern sections of the fire continue heading into previous fire scars, lessening the fuel intensity for crews.
  • The recent Ranch 2 Fire, Fish Fire and the 2009 Station Fire are helping to slow fire progression, however the Bobcat Fire continues to burn north and east where there is no fire history in the last 80 years and in the San Gabriel Wilderness.

– 10:30 pm. As many residents remain under an Evacuation Warning, it is important not to grow concerned each time you notice the fire creeping down the hill. The #bobcatfire will burn for days to come, but the Incident Management Team remains extremely confident their fire tactics are working.

– 10: 20 The Monrovia Information Center will be closed tonight and will reopen tomorrow morning at 7:00 am. Monrovia residents can still call 626-256-8246 regarding questions of the @BobcatFire. The line is open 24/7.

– 10:05 pm. #bobcatfire – Evening update from Angeles National Forest services (Click here to view video).

– 9:00 pm. As the night wears out, it is important to remind onlookers that Monrovia Police has established roadblocks throughout the area to discourage visitors from impeding potential evacuation routes. Residents and guests traveling through the city will be asked to show ID or proof of residence for access to areas highlighted on the evacuation map.

– 8:25 pm. The Incident Command Team’s goals for tonight remain to:

  1. Ensure safety of first responders.
  2. Protect our community and critical infrastructure.
  3. Provide coordinated and timely information to stakeholders, among a few others.

They are working to control the #bobcatfire by keeping it west of Sheep Wilderness Boundary near Azusa Canyon, east of Mt. Wilson, north of our foothill communities and south of Angeles Crest Highway. As it moves around in the box they’ve created, the fire remains within the Incident Command Team’s control objectives.

– 8:20 pm. Monrovia Residents:
The fire continues to be fueled by terrain and not wind. With the lack of wind, the fire will move at a slower pace, allowing for ground and air support to be able to continue to fight the fire. Tonight, Monrovia residents will see aircraft conducting water drops again.

– 8:15 pm. The bad air quality has impaired visibility of the #bobcatfire. As the smoke lifts and the fire becomes more visible in this evening, the firewill continue burning throughout the night. The steep terrain and vast quantities of brush will burn fast and hot, making the flames large and clearly visible at night. The terrain is moving this fire, not the wind (at least not right now, nor the past few days). Heading into the evening, Monrovia residents will see an increase in fire activities moving closer to homes, as the fire has traveled over certain ridges and will be seen across the valley. Although the fire appears closer as it works its way down the hill, it remains outside of Canyon Park. At the rate of speed it is moving, the Incident Command Team expects it to burn slowly and continue eating up fire fuel loads tucked into our mountains.

– 8:10 pm. #BobcatFire – Heavy artillery arrived this afternoon at Mount Wilson Observatory.

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(Photo – @MtWilsonObs)

– 7:10 pm. Beginning, Middle, and End of a fire (all in one hour):

  • A 1/4 acre brush fire erupted on Mount Baldy Rd in Barrett Stoddard Truck Trail. Angeles National Forest Units responded to the difficult-to-access location.
  • Minutes later it was dubbed the #SunsetFire and it was described as two small spot fires. Law enforcement closed Mt. Baldy Rd northbound at Shin Rd.
  • L.A. County Fire Department responded en masse to “blitz” this fire quickly in an effort to prevent it from growing beyond local resource capabilities. Multiple fire engines, hand crews, 3 water dropping helicopters, command staff and a bull dozer team were deployed.
  • Through a combined air and ground assault, crews were able to “control” the fire. Some potentially threatened structures were north of the fire but no evacuations were required.
  • Finally, through the combined efforts of #LACoFD and @Angeles_NF, the #SunsetFire has been stopped. Crews will remain on-scene “mopping-up” hot spots.

– 6:00 pm. Kudos to Flame Broiler-Monrovia and Fellowship Monrovia for stepping in to provide more than 400 meals for school kids after all school campuses/food services closed due to extreme poor air quality.

– 5:40 pm. Dramatic image from the cockpit of a Fire Hawk helicopter positioning for a 1,000 gallon water drop on the #bobcatfire last night.

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(Photo – @LACoFireAirOps)

– 5:30 pm. Two L.A. County Fire copters and a helitanker are currently working the southern end of the #bobcatfire in Monrovia Canyon Park. Retardant drops continue on the N/E side of the fire by Hwy 39 and Hwy 2.

– 5:00 pm. UC Davis is collecting fur samples from #cats who’ve been exposed to #wildfire. Because cats’ skin is so porous, they absorb smoke, which a valuable resource for researchers to determine what effect it has on health and what to do about it.

– 4:30 pm. Smoke Advisory Extended Through Saturday:

Unhealthy Air Quality Declared due to Smoke from the #BobcatFire. We urge everyone in impacted areas to avoid unnecessary outdoor exposure and to limit physical exertion.
~ LA Public Health

– 4:20 pm. Where’s the Sun? (Click here to read. By Reg Green)

– 3:55 pm. #BobcatFire operations continue in the northeast section of the fire. There has been increased activity in the lower portion of the fire and is holding up well from Rankin Peak down to Clamshell Peak and Monrovia.

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(Photo – Angeles_NF)

– 3:42 pm. This dad flies home from tirelessly battling the #ElDoradoFire and his child yells “hi” to him! Click to see video on Cal Fire Twitter account.

– 3:36 pm. Based on recent reports from Unified Command, the #bobcatfire has officially crossed Monrovia city limits. At this time, it has not yet reached Monrovia Canyon Park. Firefighting crews have spent a considerable amount of time building defensive lines on the western and southern edges of the fire, which is located directly above Monrovia. The fire is being closely watched and fire crews are continuing to work on opening dozer lines and utilizing road systems to slow progression of the fire.

– 3:35 pm. There are currently 540 personnel assigned to the #bobcatfire, including 50 engines, 10 handcrews, 1 helicopter, 2 aircraft, 5 dozers and 5 water tenders. LA County Blackhawks are working the perimeter in the southwest portion of the fire.

– 3:30 pm. As we honor fallen heroes on 9/11, firefighters today are risking their lives to battle the #BobcatFire. Let us help them come home safe by honoring forest closures, prepare, and heed evacuation orders if they come.

– 3: 29 pm. Read about a fallen local scientist that perished in 9/11: (Read here).

– 3:28 pm. #BobcatFire – This website shows road closures in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County.

– 3:10 pm. The Los Angeles County Fire Department reported about a brush fire at WB 60/Diamond Bar Blvd in #DiamondBar. Units on-scene confirm knockdown on a 50x10 spot.

– 2:45 pm. #BobcatFire – T131 T137 T163 plus lead plane have been assigned and will be dropping parallel to Hwy 39, taking the retardant up to Hwy 2.

– 2:37 pm. Helicopter bucket ship has arrived, dipping out of Crystal Lake.

– 1:35 pm. Why does smoke make the skies look orange?

Light from the sun is all of the colors together, making white. But smoke particles scatter the light, and the blue light gets scattered away so we only see the reds/oranges coming through. The redder the sky, the thicker the smoke!

~ The National Weather Service Los Angeles

– 1:30 pm. Many residents have reported sighting of wildlife, (deer, coyotes, few bears, and one bobcat), coming down the hills looking for food and water. Our copy editor, Ann Hunnewell, talked about one deer and two newly born fawns (babies) taking refugee in her backyard. Ann provided water – from a safe distance- and was content with the backyard bushes as food for the hungry visitors. Pasadena Humane Society can provide temporary shelter for wildlife, but they’re mainly busy with domestic pets lost or left by evacuees.

– 1:15 pm. The #BobcatFire is producing substantial amounts of smoke and falling ash. Here are ways to limit your exposure:

  1. Remain indoors with windows and doors closed or seek alternate shelter.
  2. Avoid vigorous physical activity.
  3. Run your air conditioner if you have one. Make sure it has a clean filter and that it is recirculating the indoor air to prevent bringing additional smoke inside.
  4. Create a clean air space in your home by using a portable air cleaner instead of or in addition to your air conditioner. Use in one or more rooms with both the doors and windows closed.
  5. Avoid using a whole-house fan or a swamp cooler with an outside air intake.
  6. Avoid using indoor or outdoor wood-burning appliances, including fireplaces and candles.

– 1:10 pm. Due to poor air quality, Monrovia’s Friday Night Street Fair and the 400 Block on Myrtle for outdoor dining are cancelled tonight.

– 1:05 pm. Monrovia Canyon Park and the Hillside Wilderness Preserve will remain closed until further notice. The #bobcatfire traveled to about 0.6 miles from the Trask Boy Scout Camp which is about 0.7 miles north of Monrovia limits near the Nature Center. The fire is expected to move down the hill and it’s being monitored closely. Firefighting resources are focused on this particular area and when air visibility allows, air support will be provided. Firefighting efforts on the ground is ongoing. As a reminder, the Evacuation Warning remains in effect.

– 1:00 pm. Starting today, Monrovia will enact resident closures, meaning those traveling through will be asked to show ID or proof of residence for access to areas highlighted in the Evacuation Map. This measure was enacted after people from out of town were coming in to observe, and photograph the fire, causing traffic delays and delaying fire engines from reaching intended destination.

– 12: 50 pm. #BobcatFire – Click this link for the Morning Operational Update for Sept. 11, 2020.

– 12:45 pm.  AirNow.gov is reporting unhealthy (red) to very unhealthy (purple) conditions over east L.A. into Arcadia. Residents are urged to stay indoors, and use an air filter.

– 12:00 pm. Five of the Top twenty largest wildfires in California History have occurred this year. Climate crisis is real!

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– 11:47 am. #BobcatFire Progression – A comparison between yesterday and today:

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(Courtesy of City and Fire Department of Monrovia)

– 11:40 am. Monrovia Canyon Park & HWP will remain closed until further notice. The fire traveled to about 0.6 miles from the Trask Boy Scout Camp, which is about 0.7 miles north of the City limits near the Nature Center in Monrovia Canyon Park.

– 11: 20 am. #Bobcatfire – Smoke continues to affect the air in the San Gabriel Valley, parts of San Fernando Valley and L.A.

– 11:28 am. Today’s #BobcatFire analysis (click to enlarge):

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– 11:20 am. As heavy fire activity is expected today, fire crews will continue increasing containment lines along the south end of the Bobcat Fire and conduct structure protection planning in the foothill communities.

– 11:00 am. The #bobcatfire has grown to 26,368 acres and is now 6% contained. Last night, 2 L.A. County Fire Department Firehawks and 1 Angeles NF night-flying helicopters kept the fire “in-check” on the southern edge of the fire.

9/10/20

– 11:00 pm. Evacuation Warnings Got You Worried?
Try to get some sleep as you need to refuel. Keep your phone on with volumes loud. Have your emergency bag nearby. Take a deep breath and try to catch some sleep.

– 10:50 pm. A reminder for residents under Evacuation Warnings that weather and wind conditions can be unpredictable and the fire can kick up incredibly quickly. Residents are encouraged to remain aware and ready if an Evacuation Order is issued.

– 10:45 pm. The Information Center at the Monrovia Community Center will be closed tonight, but phone lines will remain open. Those who are seeking information overnight can call (626) 256-8246.

– 10:38 pm. Roadblocks have been established in Monrovia throughout planned evacuation routes and extra police patrols are roving neighborhoods after reports of people “checking out” the fire and vehicles blocking traffic in residential neighborhoods creating public safety concerns, roadblocks, and delaying fire engines from reaching intended destination.

– 10:00 pm. If an Evacuation Order is issued, the City of Monrovia will coordinate the evacuation in two phases:

  • The First Phase will be all residents residing north of Hillcrest Boulevard and north of Greystone Avenue.
  • The Second Phase will be all residents residing between Hillcrest Boulevard and Greystone Avenue, south to Foothill Boulevard.

Currently, there is no Evacuation Warning and no Evacuation Order for residents residing south of Foothill Boulevard.

– 9:45 pm. A plea from the City of Monrovia and the Fire Department:

We are receiving an overwhelming amount of donations at the Monrovia Fire Station. Although we truly appreciate the community’s kindness, the donations are unneeded and we ask the community to please refrain from donating any additional items. ❤️

– 9:00 pm. Three helicopters are currently working the south side of the #BobcatFire above Monrovia Canyon Park.

– 8:39 pm. LA County Blackhawks (insert photo) are currently flying working perimeter control in the southwest portion of the #BobcatFire. A containment of 6% was attained near the eastern edge of the fire.

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– 7:59 pm. #BobcatFire northeast of Cogswell Reservoir, San Gabriel Canyon county is 6% contained.

– 7:41 pm. The Red Cross has closed the #BobcatFire evacuation point at Santa Anita Park. They will continue to provide virtual assistance to anyone in need and remain on standby in case fire conditions change.

– 7:50 pm. #BobcatFire northeast of Cogswell Reservoir, San Gabriel Canyon in Los Angeles county is 23,890 acres and 6% contained.

– 7:30 pm.

View from my backyard.
~ Ed Wade

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Monrovia (Photo – @edgwade)

– 7:26 pm. Video taken from Mountain and Foothill in Monrovia (click to view).
(Video –   @markstranglen).

– 7:22 pm. L.A. Times headline this evening: “Los Angeles suffers worst smog in almost 30 years.”

– 7:15  pm. Here’s the #BobcatFire IAP comm plan as of 9/10.

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(Photo – @SoCalFirePhoto)

– 7:05 pm. L.A. County Closes Parks Due to Poor Air Quality (details here).

– 6: 48 pm. Update: Tanker 15 (LAT) en-route from San Bernardino for a total of five tankers. All working on the north end of the #bobcatfire preparing for tonight’s unexpected winds.

– 6:40 pm. This cutie is on high alert while her owner is packing.

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High alert (Photo – @wordzgirl)

– 6:34 pm. Tanker 160 (LAT) out of Fresno and Tanker 137 (LAT) out of Santa Maria are now assigned to the incident for the remainder of the day. Tanker 23 (LAT) and Tanker 914 (VLAT) have also been added to the incident for a total of fout air tankers tackling the #BobcatFire.

– 6:10 pm. Although three type 1 helicopters were requested to work the south side of the #bobcatfire in Division ‘Z’ above Monrovia, smoke conditions may prevent them from coming out of Lancaster.

– 5:35 pm. Residents in Evacuation Warning zone:

  • Remain aware.
  • Be prepared.
  • Keep phone on with volumes loud.
  • Have evacuation bag ready.
  • Make yourself a cup of herbal tea (hot tea can cool you down at summer time).
  • Take a deep breath.

– 5:30 pm. Know the difference:

Symptoms of smoke exposure from #wildfires and #COVID19 are alike. Here’s what to look for: (Click here).

– 5:20 pm. Monrovia Residents:
Units are patrolling the area and watching for fire spread. As the fire approaches the city boundaries, multiple crews are staged and ready to respond to the area if the fire were to come down from the higher elevations.

Dylan Feik, Monrovia City Manager, said:

I just returned from Monrovia Canyon Park and Trask Boy Scout Camp. Needless to say for this city manager…watching wildfire burn is incredibly unnerving. It is slowly making its way downhill and there are dozens, if not hundreds, of firefighters working tirelessly to prepare. They want the fire to come to them where they are ready to engage. We cannot thank them enough for their efforts to protect our community.

– 5:15 pm. As the night time approaches, the #bobcatfire will be noticeably visible, sometimes growing in size, and followed by a significant amount of smoke. Firefighting crews have spent a considerable amount of time building defensive lines on the western and southern edges of the fire, which is located directly above the City of Monrovia. This fire is surrounded by defensible space, including dozer lines, and areas recently burned from fires such as the Station Fire, Madison Fire and last month’s Dam Fire.

– 5:10 pm. PLEASE STAY OUT: The City of Monrovia is urging people to stay out of the Phase 1 Evacuation Area, unless they reside in that area. There has been an increase in traffic as people are attempting to watch the fire, take pictures and observe firefighting operations. This is creating a hazard for firefighting personnel who are currently monitoring the area, especially near Canyon Park. It is also adding stress to neighbors/residents who are already on edge. Local police may limit non-residents from entering the area.

– 5:00 pm. State Route 39 is closed in both directions at Old San Gabriel Cyn Rd. SR-2 closed in both directions from east of Upper Big Tujunga Cyn Rd to Big Pines.

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#BobcatFire on Thursday 9/10 (Photo – Caltrans).

– 4:50 pm. Alhambra firefighters Engine 72 arrived to help at Rankin Peak in Monrovia. #BobcatFire

– 4:46 pm. An AA52 is overhead. Three large air tankers have been requested for the #BobcatFire.

– 4:30 pm. #BobcatFire Update: Arcadia residents North of Foothill Blvd. and East of Santa Anita Ave. are to remain in Evacuation Warning status.

– 4:15 pm. With all the news from the #BobcatFire, a tweet from the city of Arcadia’s official twitter account (@DiscoverArcadia) this afternoon oddly stands out:

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– 4:05 pm. The #BobcatFire has moved southward towards Monrovia. It’s slow moving and up against tough terrain.

– 4:00 pm. Some residents expressed concern on social media as many have been seen packing their cars. Although voluntary evacuations have been lifted, “Evacuation Warnings” are sill in effect for Monrovia, Bradbury, Sierra Madre, Altadena, Duarte and Pasadena.

– 3:50 pm. From Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD):

Due to poor air quality and smoke caused by fires, PasadenaLEARNs programs at Altadena Elementary, Don Benito Elementary, Eliot Middle, Sierra Madre Elementary, Sierra Madre Middle School, and Webster Elementary have been canceled today.

Additionally, Sierra Madre residents are experiencing a power outage that has affected online instruction.

– 3:15 pm. #Bobcatfire this afternoon, Sept. 10, 2020:

an emergency vehicle with lights on and fire in the hills

Sept. 10, 2020 (Photo – @anaindlb)

– 2:52 pm. Reports of ash falling in pools as far as San Fernando Valley and West Hollywood.

– 2:30 pm. Due to unhealthy air quality in the Monrovia-Arcadia-Pasadena area, many residents are considering evacuating voluntarily. Many local hotels are offering an “Emergency Evacuation Rate.” Check with each hotel for their special rates.

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– 2:00 pm. Evacuation Warning remains in effect for many foothill communities. No Evacuation Orders have been issued at this time, but residents are asked to remain aware and prepared.

– 1:15 pm. Local fire departments will continue to patrol the foothill area. As the #bobcatfire will continue to burn throughout the week, residents will see flames kick up and smoke columns rise. If you see spot fires in your area, call 9-1-1. City Police and Fire Departments will be patrolling our neighborhoods.

– 1:05 pm. Fire crews will take advantage of today’s favorable weather conditions as a Red Flag Warning for the area no longer remains in effect. For the afternoon, a northeast wind flow is expected over the fire, with gusts up to 20 mph.

– 1:00 pm. There are currently 532 personnel assigned to the #bobcatfire, including 35 engines, 13 handcrews, 2 helicopters and 2 aircraft.

– 12:50 pm. L.A. County’s Air Quality Prompts Selected COVID-19 Testing Sites to Close (Read here).

– 12:30 pm. An Orange-Colored Sun and a Smoke-Filled Valley (Read here).

– 12:25 pm. #BobcatFire – Although Angeles National Forest is closed to recreation, State Route 2 (Angeles Crest Hwy) is open from the 210 to Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Rd. Please drive slowly, carefully and watch for Caltrans and firefighting vehicles and abundant scared wildlife.

– 12:15 pm. Voluntary Evacuations for all Sierra Madre residents living above Grandview have now been lifted. Red Flag Warnings have been removed as of 8:00 pm last night.

– 12:15 pm. As a reminder, the #BobcatFire has now burned 23,890 acres with 0% containment. Overnight, fire crews saw heavy activity in the northeastern portion of the fire towards Crystal Lake.

– 12:00 pm. Stay indoors with windows and doors shut. If ordered to evacuate, do so immediately:

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– 11:45 am. Due to poor air quality, Pasadena City College​ district will close its facilities to all faculty and staff (and students taking select classes). Normal operations are expected to resume Monday, September 14.

-11:15 am. As the #Bobcatfire produces heavy smoke and falling ash, here are tips to help limit your exposure:

  • Remain indoors with windows and doors closed or seek alternate shelter.
  • Avoid vigorous physical activity.
  • Run your air conditioner if you have one. (Make sure it has a clean filter and recirculating indoor air to prevent bringing additional smoke inside).
  • Create a clean air space in your home by using a portable air cleaner if possible (instead or in addition to air conditioning).
  • Avoid using a whole-house fan or a swamp cooler with an outside air intake.
  • Avoid using indoor or outdoor wood-burning appliances, including fireplaces and candles.

– 11:10 am. The #bobcatfire is burning at a high elevation, with fuels that historically have not burned. It is surrounded by defensible space, dozer lines, and recently burned areas (3-4 years). The #bobcatfire is estimated to burn for several weeks until it is fully extinguished by crews.

– 11:00 am. Overnight, the #bobcatfire continued to grow, moving in a northeasterly direction but also slowly burning towards the west. As the foothill area above Monrovia has not seen a fire in over 60 years, residents will notice that at certain times the fire will be more visible, especially when brush catches fire for the first time in 60 years or more. The fire will continue to be visible from the City with plumes of smoke during the day.

– 10:18 am. Traveling this weekend? “210 Takeover!”
Caltrans just announced a series of 55-hour “Weekend Full Closures” of eastbound lanes on I-210 in the Los Angeles community of Sylmar for paving work. The first closure is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 18, on EB I-210 between I-5 & Roxford St. See closure info below:

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– 9:40 am. Air quality is Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups in the foothill communities:

Children, older adults, and those with respiratory issues should reduce prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion.

Check the air quality where you live by clicking on this link and entering your zip code.

– 9:20 am. #BobcatFire crossed east over State Route 39 toward Crystal Lake in Angeles National Forest on Wed 9/9. Click to see video from Wednesday, September 9. You can hear wind and fire. 20K acres. 0% contained. SR-39 closed at Old San Gabriel Cyn Rd. SR-2 closed east of Upper Big Tujunga Cyn Rd to Big Pines.

– 9:15 am. #bobcatfire The view towards DTLA from West Hollywood at 8:30 am:

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The view towards DTLA from West Hollywood at 8:30 am today (Photo – @lucasinthewoods)

– 9:07 am. Amidst the historically devastating Western fires and COVID-19 cases and deaths, the U.S. President tweeted about KIm Jong Un this morning:

– 9:05 am. Santa Monica Fire Department has one Equipment Manager deployed alongside several other agencies at the #BobcatFire.

– 9:00 am. The winds are turning SW later today at 5000ft away from homes in the foothills into unpopulated forest land.

– 8:52 am. Residents in the east 210 corridor are waking up to the smell of smoke and ash coating the ground and cars outside. Bring your pets inside as they can be affected by wildfire smoke. If you feel the effects of smoke, they probably do, too.

– 8:30 am. #BobcatFire northeast of Cogswell Reservoir, San Gabriel Canyon in Los Angeles county grew to 23,890 acres.

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– 10:40 pm.

72 hrs straight in boots on fires is not easy on your feet! Big thanks to all firefighters on the front-lines across the West Coast. Stay safe!
@marincountyfire

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– 10:15 pm. #BobcatFire #Fierce

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– 10:00 pm. As a reminder, L.A. County leased two Canadian firefighting aircraft (September 2). Read full article here: L.A. County to Lease Two Canadian Fire-Fighting Aircraft.

– 9:50 pm. If you look up or listen, you’ll see or hear aircraft over fires throughout Southern California tonight providing ground crews with aerial supervision, infrared camera support, and precise laser mapping.

– 9:15 pm.  #Bobcatfire September 9, 2020 – As the dense smoke lifted, two air tankers made several drops of fire retardant on the southwest portion of the fire, right above Monrovia, to reinforce and strengthen previously applied fire lines.

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– 8:00 pm. The Red Flag Warning had just been lifted at 8:00 pm. As weather and wind conditions can be unpredictable, residents are advised to remain vigilant and ready to evacuate if an Evacuation Order is issued.

– 7:35 pm. #BobcatFire grew to 19,796 acres today and remains 0% contained. Crews saw major growth to the Northeast towards the Crystal Lake Area. Full analysis below:

incident report for 9-9-20

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– 6:17 pm. #BobcatFire voluntary evacuations lifted for residents north of Foothill Blvd. & east of Santa Anita Ave. The fire has generally progressed away from our communities. Residents are advised to remain on alert for any changes.

– 4:50 pm. Different types of aircraft fighting the #bobcatfire:

  • DC-10
  • C-130
  • MD-87
  • Firehawk

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– 4:38 pm. All National Forests in California are temporarily closed.

– 4:30 pm. The battle to knock down the #bobcatfire has started:

– 3:45 pm. #bobcatfire Many residents in the foothill communities are driving with their headlights on.

– 3:40 pm. The air tankers are here. This photo was taken above #Bradbury,

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Above Bradbury (Photo – @writeyourwrongs)

– 3:35 pm. The 2020 fire season has already hit the record books with more acres burning this year than any other year in the past 3 decades (since statewide figures have been tracked). 2020 fire season still has several months to go.

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– 3:30 pm. If you live around the #bobcatfire, you have noticed (and smelled) the dense smoke covering the San Gabriel mountains and surrounding cities. Check the air quality around where you live (click here) by entering your zip code.

– 3:25 pm. #BobcatFire. Launching from San Bernardino:

  • Tanker 163 (LAT)
  • Tanker 15 (LAT)
  • Tanker 131 LAT)
  • Tanker 107 (LAT)

-3:20 pm. If you’re under any of the evacuation “warnings,” take a moment and snap a photo of you and your pet. If you get separated, or runs away, you’ll have the photo to help locate your pet. Don’t forget to mention if your pet is #chipped.

– 3:10 pm. From Southern California Air Operations:

#BobcatFire – AA52 has requested 3 large air tankers (LAT) and 1 very large air tanker (VLAT) to the fire. Additionally Copter 21, Copter 81CH, 1 helitanker have been requested also.

– 3:00 pm. Fire personnel from various agencies, along with Monrovia firefighters (featured), have been working hard to protect the hillside, pre-treating the area, cleaning hazardous vegetation and improving access points.

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Monrovia firefighter pre-treating a hillside (Photo – @monroviaca)

– 2:54. Symptoms of smoke exposure from #wildfires and #COVID19 are alike. Here’s what to look for: (Click here).

– 2:25 pm. Residents seeking assistance with their pets should contact the Pasadena Humane Society at (626) 792-7151, extension 281.

– 2:15 pm. All 18 National Forests in California will be temporarily closed due to unprecedented and historic fire conditions. The closure of the additional ten forests will be effective at 5:00 pm today. The closure of the additional ten forests will be effective at 5:00 pm.

– 2:00 pm. Fire behavior has been relatively moderate due to favorable weather conditions. Although there is no immediate threat of fire to Arcadia residences at this time, circumstances can change quickly & residents should remain vigilant.

– 10:50 am. 14,000 firefighters are battling 28 major wildfires in California.

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– 10:30 am. Reminder that all trails are closed.

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Cobb Estate in Altadena (Photo – Stephen Cooper)

– 10:08 am.  The Red Cross opened an evacuation point yesterday at Santa Anita Park for residents affected by the #BobcatFire. Red Cross volunteer Mimi explains what services are available as the site remains open and volunteers are standing by to help everyone get what they need and find a safe place to stay. (Click to see video).

– 10:00 am. Check air quality in your area throughout the day by entering your zip code: AirNow.gov.

– 9:50 am. The National Weather Service Los Angeles has dropped some of the wind advisories as Santa Ana winds are not materializing as wide-spread forecast models were indicating. Very warm, dry and locally breezy conditions are still present today with elevated fire weather conditions. *Conditions may change with little notice.

– 9:45 am. From the City of Monrovia:

Throughout the night, the fire slowly burned on Rankin Peak. It moved south a bit but also east and north from the foothill communities of Monrovia, Arcadia and Duarte. The San Gabriel region continues to be on high alert for Santa Ana winds since noon yesterday and the red flag warning will continue to 8 p.m. tonight. By late tonight, the weather forecast is that wind will push north in our favor. That is a good thing.

We want to remind everyone that fire can spread quickly and residents should be cognizant that the fire will continue to burn throughout the day and large plumes of smoke will be visible from across the region.

If conditions are good, flyovers will occur regularly to assess the situation. Fixed wing aircraft will engage the fire and perform fire extinguishing procedures including laying down fire retardant.

– 9:38 am. LA Port Police sent its Drone Detection Team to Angeles National Forest to assist L.A. County Fire Department with the #BobcatFire.

– 9:28 am. Heavy fire in an apartment building on E. Belleveu Drive in South Pasadena. Flames have spread to the building’s attic, according to firefighters. Medics are currently evaluating a firefighter that is reportedly injured.

– 9:00 am. A smoky morning across the LA metro. The #BobcatFire will continue to generate much of the smoke, but we’re also being impacted by smoke from northern CA fires. (Check AirNow.gov for current air quality). Evacuation “warnings” are still in place.

– 8:57 am. The #BobcatFire is 11,456 acres with 0% containment. Fire information line is 626-574-5208.

– 8:40 am.

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The #BobcatFire peeking in the distance behind Monrovia High at 1:00 am (Photo – @StudioDee)

– 8:30 am. The Red Cross has put five families in hotels last night.

– 1:02 am. Meanwhile…
Denver tied a record for the number of 90-degree days in a single year Monday, before a very strong cold front moved in bringing snow and freezing temperatures to much of the mountains.

– 12:55 am. Air Quality Advisory: Air Quality is Unhealthy in Parts of Los Angeles County.

– 12:38 pm. As humidity diminishes the fire’s volatility, the most intense winds are expected between 3:00 am and 10:00 am.

– 12:25 am. City of San Dimas received a request from LA County Fire for CERT assistance at US Forest Service Center-Arcadia to help with phone calls, logistic, admin, other assignments in the event the Santa Ana winds move the fire south.

– 12: 20 am. Evacuation Warnings Got You Worried?
Try to get some sleep as you need to refuel. Keep your phone on with volumes loud. Have your emergency bag nearby. Take a deep breath and try to catch some sleep.

9/8/20

– 11:10 pm. In Monrovia tonight:

homes and hills on frire in the background

In Monrovia tonight (Photo – @chrisiphotos)

– 10:50 pm.

Going to bed… staying fully clothed just in case. I packed 2 bags of clothes if I am still home tomorrow I will pack another bag on goods. I hope I don’t have to evacuate. #BobcatFire.
@demonfromdodge

– 10:46 pm. Just in from the Angeles National Forest Service:

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– 10:40 pm. Animal Evacuation Clarification:

  • Animals (Equine only) are accepted at the Pomona Fairgrounds, enter Gate 12 (off of N. White Ave).
  • For domestic pets, Wonder Dog Ranch in Monrovia may be able to board your pets (click for Wonder Dog Ranch Emergency Boarding Information).

– 9:57 pm. Residents outside the evacuation zone and with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children, are advised to stay indoors. Poor air quality conditions are a health threat and should be avoided by all residents in smoky communities.

– 9:50 pm. Residents in evacuation warning zone should have their vehicles fully fueled, facing out in the driveway, and ready to go.

– 9:45 pm. The City of Sierra Madre is advising all residents north of Grandview Avenue to voluntarily evacuate. Those with large animals, horses and cattle, should begin to move those animals now.

– 9:40 pm. The Monrovia Community Center will continue taking calls overnight for residents seeking information. Residents can contact the Monrovia Community Center at (626) 256-8246.

– 9:25 pm. Monrovia Residents:

As we continue to prepare, residents living in the evacuation area are urged to assist your emergency responders by making sure you do the following:

  • Sign up for Nixle by texting your zip code to 888777.
  • Subscribe to Alert LA.
  • Keep cellphone on with volumes loud.

– 9:17 pm. Altadena Residents:
From CERT: If asked to evacuate, use all southbound streets, not just Lake and Fair Oaks. Don’t go east until those streets are not crowded.

– 9:15 pm. Let us take a moment to thank our firefighters and first responders for putting their lives at risk to save others.

– 9:12 pm. A topographical map of fire location, wind direction and speed (click for link courtesy of calTopo).

– 9:00 pm.

As flames from the #BobCatFire churned closer, 2 neighbors chatted. One told other how he had removed combustible items from the patio. ‘Wait a minute,’ other said. ‘I have a garage full of toilet paper and paper towels because of the COVID thing, man.’
@joelrubin

– 8:39 pm. The Red Cross is supporting a temporary evacuation point at Santa Anita Park (285 W Huntington Dr, Gate 5, in Arcadia). The park is now open for anyone affected by the #BobcatFire.
Note: #COVID19 safety measures are in place & Red Cross volunteers are ready to help evacuees into safe lodging.

– 8:32 pm. Large animal evacuation sites are at Pomona Fairgrounds and Santa Anita Race Track.

– 8:26 pm: An important reminder:
#BobcatFire evacuation warning remains in effect for residents living in the foothill communities of Duarte, Bradbury, Monrovia, Arcadia, Sierra Madre, Pasadena & Altadena. Please be on heightened alert & prepared for evacuations.

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Evacuation warnings from Azusa to outskirts of La Canada.

-8:22 pm. L.A. County’s evacuation warning has been extended to include Altadena north of New York and west towards La Canada.

– 8:05 pm. Arcadia Voluntary evacuation:

Out of an abundance of caution, the City of Arcadia is suggesting residents north of Foothill Blvd. and east of Santa Anita Ave. to voluntarily evacuate. Current forecasts anticipate strong winds during the overnight hours, between 8:00 pm and 8:00 am.

– 7:32 pm. Evacuation warnings. No immediate threat:

Evacuation warnings now include Duarte, Bradbury, Monrovia, Pasadena, Altadena, Arcadia, and Sierra Madre. Be prepared in case of an evacuation and follow guidance from first responders.

– 7:19 pm. Important fire information number to have 626-574-5208.

– 7:15pm: A51 taking off from SBD runway 24 headed to #BobcatFire (click to see video).

– 7:11 pm: Continued warm & dry conditions along with Santa Ana winds will contribute to active burning with erratic fire behavior.

– 6:39 pm: #BobcatFire is now at 10,344 acres with 0% containment. A total of 401 fire personnel are assigned to this fire.

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Bobcat Fire (Photo – @Angeles_NF)

– 6:20 pm: Climate Change is real:

California has seen over 2,650 more fires and a nearly 2000% increase in the acres burned year-to-date (January 1 – September 7), across all jurisdictions.

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– 5:45 pm: If you have time, take video throughout your home, inside and outside. All sides of home, the landscaping, sheds, patio furniture, attic, sheds, etc., should you need it for insurance purposes.

– 5:32 pm: The strongest winds are expected tonight and Wed morning with gusts between 50 and 60mph. Critical widespread fire weather conditions to Los Angeles county. The winds below the foothills under the Bobcat Fire are picking up on the peaks but dying down coming down the passes. Dozers had cut a significant line today in order to hold the lines.

– 5:25 pm: Arcadia Residents:
The City of Arcadia is advising all residents north of Foothill Blvd. and east of Santa Anita Ave. to” prepare for evacuation” due to the Bobcat Fire.

– 3:19 pm: Monrovia residents are encouraged to remain prepared and alert. Multiple fire engines are currently performing structure defense work should the fire arrive. Fire engines are pre-treating areas, cleaning hazardous vegetation and improving access points.

– 3:15 pm: #BobcatFire is now 8,553 acres and 0% contained. The U.S. Forest Service estimates it would not be fully contained until October 15.

– 11:30 am: Angeles National Forest: From Oven Heat to Sea Fog.

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Angeles National Forest on Sept. 9, 2020 at 7:00 am (Photo – Reg Green)

11:12 am: Temperatures cooled down overnight. The area is bracing for Santa Ana winds to begin in the early evening thru Wednesday, with expected gusts up to 40 mph. The fire is expected to become more active once the winds begins.

– 12: 08 am:  Mentally prepare in case fire conditions worsen.

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11:00 pm:

Monrovia residents in the foothill area below the Bobcat Fire are directed to be prepared to evacuate:
– The 1st phase will be all residents residing north of Hillcrest Blvd. and north of Greystone Ave.
– The 2nd phase will be all residents residing between Hillcrest Blvd. and Greystone Ave., south to Foothill Blvd.

– 3:40 pm:
In case you need to evacuate:
– Shut all windows and doors, but leave them unlocked once you evacuate, so firefighters can get in.
– Turn on outdoor lights so firefighters can see the house through the smoke.
– Shut off the gas at the meter, and turn off the air-conditioning.

– 3:00 pm: Officials are giving live updates on the Bobcat Fire, which has burned at least 4,800 acres in the Angeles National Forest:

– 2:02 pm: San Bernadino County’s #ElDoradoFire, (NOT to be confused with the #BobcatFire,) was caused by “a smoke generating pyrotechnic device used during a gender reveal party” according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
“With the dry conditions and critical fire weather, it doesn’t take much to start a wildfire. Those responsible for starting fires due to negligence or illegal activity can be held financially and criminally responsible,” the statement said.

– 1:31 pm: USFS Pacific Southwest Region has announced region-wide temporary closures – that includes the Angeles National Forest – with enhanced fire restrictions for public safety. Forest closures go into effect at 5:00 pm today, Sept 7.

– 1:27 pm: 4,800-acre Bobcat Fire prompts evacuations, threatens to destroy important seismic station at Mt. Wilson.

– 1:08 pm: Timeline of the Bobcat Fire as seen from Mt. Wilson Observatory:

– 8:30 am:

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This moon-shaped thing is the sun. Monrovia on Labor Day, 2020, at 8:30 am (Photo – Ann Hunnewell, ColoradoBlvd.net)

9/6/20

– 5:47 pm: Fast-moving brush fire burns 1,800 acres in Angeles National Forest.

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10 comments to “Bobcat Fire Live Updates”
  1. Thanks so much for keeping us up to date. I promise to donate when all this calms down a bit! Your coverage has been excellent.

    Just one thing: Pasadena Humane Society says unequivocally NOT to leave water or food for wildlife. They say that wildlife is very good at finding it on their own, and putting out water can make them dependent on humans and keep them from moving on to where they can find sustenance.

    I know this is hard to think of, when we could just fill a bucket, but in the long run it is best for the animals.

  2. Thank you so much for gathering all the updates regarding the Bobcat Fire from different sources into one place. Your website is my first go-to place to get the latest. Thanks for keeping us posted.

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