Bobcat Fire: Blaze Grows To Over 109K Acres; Dozens Of Buildings Destroyed Or Damaged

Lights from a firetruck illuminate firefighters working the Bobcat Fire burning advance Cedar Springs in the Angeles National Wooded enviornment on Sept. 21, 2020. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP by contrivance of Getty Photos)

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The Bobcat Fire in the Angeles National Wooded enviornment continues to burn into its 17th day. The blaze has grown aggressively in most modern days, pushed by solid wind gusts. As of Tuesday morning, the fire surpassed 109,000 acres, making it one amongst the very most sensible wildfires in Los Angeles County history.

Monotonous Monday, Mt. Wilson changed into as soon as again below serious possibility from the fire, after several winning efforts to defend up the flames support. Or now not it’s now not but clear if any structures had been broken or destroyed, despite the true fact that video streams from cameras mounted at the head level to comely how shut the fire burned in a single day.

Earlier Monday, residents advance Camp Colby had been ordered to evacuate because the western entrance of the blaze developed toward them. At an night time briefing, fire officers acknowledged the fire remained about two to 3 miles east of that space.

Firefighters are now not easy at work in the northern section of the fire, which has threatened homes and compelled evacuations in the foothill communities bordering the Antelope Valley.

Right thru a digital neighborhood meeting Monday night time, a Los Angeles County Fire Division legit acknowledged now not lower than 29 structures had been broken or destroyed. That quantity is anticipated to upward push as afflict evaluation continues.

Right here’s what else we be taught about the fire in the past currently.


  • Acreage: 109,271 acres
  • Containment: 17%
  • Buildings destroyed/broken: No longer lower than 29 (plump afflict evaluation pending)
  • Sources deployed: 1,513 firefighters

The fire erupted on Sept. 6 advance the Cogswell Dam after which spread amid an intense, narrative-breaking heat wave, prompting evacuation orders for Mt. Wilson Observatory. The trigger is below investigation.

Angeles National Wooded enviornment officers acknowledged they put a query to identical fire prerequisites to what they skilled Monday. Wind is forecasted to blow east, then shift south later in the day.

“The defensive strategic firing operation to stable line between Mt. Wilson and Dual carriageway 2 will continue and have to light be executed currently,” officers wrote on the fire incident page currently.

Wooded enviornment officers acknowledged L.A. County residents ought to not be taken aback to search plumes of smoke and airplane north of Mt. Wilson as crews stay now not easy at work.

To the west, crews are working to develop containment traces north of Dual carriageway 2 to defend the fire in test and shield structures.

North in the Antelope Valley, firefighters continue to cleave out containment traces and mop up hot spots.

In the northeastern section of the burn space, “crews will seemingly be seeking alternatives to salvage line to quit any more spread to the east,” officers acknowledged.

To the south and along the Dual carriageway 39 corridor, firefighters continue to patrol and mop up as wanted.



Emergency officers issued evacuation orders for residents in the following areas as of Monday afternoon:

  • Residences along Angeles Crest Dual carriageway, between Angeles Wooded enviornment Dual carriageway and Dual carriageway 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 Mammoth Rock Creek, east of 87th St East, and west of Largo Vista Rd.
  • South of 138th St. East, north of Mammoth 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.
  • South and west of Upper Mammoth Tujunga, east of Angeles Wooded enviornment Hwy, north of Angeles Crest Hwy.
    The Bobcat Fire burns in the Angeles National Wooded enviornment on Sept. 21, 2020. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP by contrivance of Getty Photos)


  • Pasadena
  • Unincorporated communities of Altadena and Wrightwood.
  • South of Pearblossom Hwy, east and north of Angeles Wooded enviornment 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 Path, 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 Wooded enviornment Hwy, and west of Cheseboro Rd.
  • South of Mt. Emma Rd., north of Upper Mammoth Tujunga Canyon Rd., east of Angeles Wooded enviornment Dual carriageway, and west of Pacifico Mountain.


The Red Imperfect has established a non eternal evaction level at Palmdale High College, 2137 East Avenue R. Accomodations for 300 mountainous animals are on hand at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds, 2551 W. Avenue H, Lancaster.

Refuge for little animals is on hand at Lancaster Animal Care Heart, 5210 West Ave. I, and Palmdale Animal Care Heart, 38550 Sierra Dual carriageway.

A safe haven online page for up to 300 horses and cattle has been established at the Pomona Fairplex, 2201 N. White Ave. Officials there can also furthermore be reached at 909-576-9272.

A firefighter watches because the Bobcat Fire burns advance Cedar Springs in the Angeles National Wooded enviornment on Sept. 21, 2020. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP by contrivance of Getty Photos)


  • The Angeles National Wooded enviornment remains closed thru now not lower than Sept. 24
  • All roads leading into San Gabriel Canyon
  • Assert Route 39 is closed from north of Azusa to Assert Route 2
  • Assert Route 2 is closed from Upper Mammoth Tujunga Canyon Road to Mammoth Pines
  • Upper Mammoth Tujunga Canyon Road between Assert Route 2 and Angeles Wooded enviornment Dual carriageway
  • Mt. Wilson Road from Assert Route 2 to Mt. Wilson
  • Chantry Flat Road
  • Castle Tejon / Valyermo Road
  • Valyermo Road / Bob’s Gap Road
  • Mammoth Pines Dual carriageway / Largo Vista Road
  • Mammoth Pines Dual carriageway / Mescal Creek Road
  • Mammoth Pines Dual carriageway / Dual carriageway 2


We’re experiencing a cooling building, which is projected to final thru mid-week. Humidity and temperature is largely unchanged from Monday. Wind gusts are anticipated to be about 20 to 30 mph.

The South Hover Air Quality Management District has issued a smoke advisory for the region, which is in predicament thru this afternoon. The impact from the Bobcat, El Dorado and Snow fires is creating unhealthy air quality all over parts of Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.

Survey up the most modern air quality records to your space at


Firefighters on accountability to present protection to Mt. Wilson Observatory and nearby broadcast towers because the Bobcat Fire burns in the Angeles National Wooded enviornment on Sept. 17, 2020. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP by contrivance of Getty Photos)

In most modern days, the fire changed into as soon as burning dangerously shut to the flexibility, which is arguably one amongst the enviornment’s most critical spots for scientific discovery. Firefighters hang old-fashioned a diversity of tactics to present protection to the observatory, collectively with carving out traces by hand and with bulldozers, setting strategic backfires and the use of airplane to make water drops.

The Mt. Wilson Observatory homes 18 telescopes, a kind of which had been old-fashioned to make one of the critical most very most sensible colossal discoveries of the final century. They encompass the 100 skedaddle Hooker telescope that Edwin Hubble old-fashioned in the 1920s to notify that our universe is light increasing.

The fire furthermore threatens a seismic location that has recorded earthquake activity for 100 years, seismologist Lucy Jones acknowledged by contrivance of Twitter.

A quantity of tv and radio stations hang transmitters in the gap, collectively with our newsroom which announces on the radio at 89.3 KPCC.


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