Bobcat Fire: Massive fire has now burned over 103,000 acres
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Cover from yesterday:
The Bobcat Fire in Angeles National Forest keep growing in its 15th day. The fire has intensified aggressively in recent days, driven by strong gusts of wind.
Watch the evening update for Sunday:
Here’s what else we know about the fire so far today.
- Area: 103,135 acres
- Containment: 15%
- Deployed resources: 1718 firefighters
The fire broke out on September 6 near the Cogswell Dam, then quickly spread amid an intense and record-breaking heat wave, prompting evacuation orders for Mt. Wilson Observatory. The cause is still under investigation.
Emergency officials issued evacuation orders for residents of the following areas starting Sunday evening:
- 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 Highway 138, north of Big Rock Creek, east of 87th Street East, and west of Largo Vista Rd.
- South of 138th Street East, North of Big Pine and Freeways 2, East of Largo Vista Road and West of 263rd Street East.
- South of Highway 138, North of East Ave W-14, East of 155th St East and 3rd East of 165th St. East.
City of Pasadena
Unincorporated communities of Altadena and Wrightwood.
South of Pearblossom Road
East and north of the Angeles Forest Road, north and west of Mt. Emma Rd., East and South of Highway 122 and West of Cheseboro Road.
South of Hwy 2, north of Blue Ridge Truck Trail, east of Hwy 39, and west of the Los Angeles Co. border.
South of U-8 Avenue, north of east of W-14 Avenue, east of 121st East and west of 155th Street East.
South of Pearblossom Road (Route 138), South and East of Pearblossom Road (Route 122), North and West of Mt. Emma Rd., North and East of Angeles Forest Road 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
“Residents of these areas should quickly gather their families and pets and proceed to your pre-planned location outside of fire evacuation areas,” forestry officials said. written on the fire page. “Residents should take the necessary steps to ensure the safety of your family. Delaying the evacuation will prevent fire crews from carrying out extinguishing activities and compromise the safety of the public and first responders.
This public information map was released Saturday morning by the US Forest Service:
The mountain town of Wrightwood has received an evacuation warning.
Warnings also remain in effect for communities located along the southern foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains:
- Sierra Madre
- Residents north of Foothill Boulevard. and east of Santa Anita Ave.
“Residents should have evacuation plans in place, organize their emergency evacuation supplies and have easy access to essential evacuation personal effects,” US Forest Service officials said. written on the fire page. “Vehicles should be full of fuel, facing outward in their driveway, and ready to go.”
Previous evacuation orders for some residents of Arcadia and the nearby town of Sierra Madre were lifted Wednesday afternoon.
Evacuation orders were lifted for residents of the East Fork area, which includes Camp Williams and the River Community Center. Residents returning home have been urged to take Glendora Mountain Road as State Route 39 remains closed.
The Red Cross has established a temporary evacuation point at Palmdale High School, 2137 East Avenue R. Housing for 300 large animals is available at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds, 2551 W. Avenue H, Lancaster.
LA County officials said a horse shelter has been set up at the Pomona Fairplex (entrance at Gate 12).
- Angeles National Forest remains closed until September 21 – in the same way all other California National Forests
- State Route 39 is closed between Old Gabriel Canyon Road and State Route 2
- State Route 2 is closed from Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road to Big Pines
- Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road
- Mount. Wilson Road
- Glendora mountain path
- Glendora Ridge Road
Find the latest air quality information in your area at airnow.gov.
ABOUT MT. WILSON
Mount. The Wilson Observatory is home to 18 telescopes, many of which were used to make some of the greatest astronomical discoveries of the last century. They include the 100-inch Hooker Telescope that Edwin Hubble used in the 1920s to prove that our universe is still expanding.
Teams prepare structures near Mount Wilson. A self-timer is also placed around it.
Observatory director Tom Meneghini said he feared they would be badly affected if the fire got close enough.
“Heat can cause irreparable damage. Our two large telescopes are historically important and irreplaceable,” Meneghini said.
However, he said the fires have come closer before and the decades-old Observatory firefighting facility is ready for use again. “We have an inground system of pipes and pumps,” he said.
“We have half a million gallons of water ready to pump, so this has all been prepared so that any fire professional can come and take over.
The fire also threatens a seismic station that has recorded seismic activity for 100 years, seismologist Lucy Jones said via Twitter.
Many TV and radio stations have transmitters in the area, including our newsroom which broadcasts on the radio at 89.3 KPCC.
HOW WE REPORT THIS
This is a developing story. We check everything and rely only on information from credible sources (think firefighters, police, government officials and journalists on the ground). Sometimes, however, we make mistakes and / or the initial reports turn out to be wrong. Either way, we strive to bring you the most accurate information in real time and will update this story as new information becomes available.
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