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LIVE Updates: Firefighters Had “Good Night” in Efforts to Contain Bobcat Fire, El Dorado Fire at 60%

CALIFORNIA – Follow here for updates on the several major wildfires burning around Southern California and many others burning across the state.

Here are the updates as they come in:

Wednesday, Sept. 16

7:20 a.m. El Dorado Fire now at 18,092 acres, 60 percent contained

 

7:10 a.m. Bobcat Fire now at 44,393 acres, still at 3 percent containment

5:30 a.m. Fire crews keeping flames from Bobcat Fire from reaching Mt. Wilson Observatory

Fire crews set back fires throughout the day Tuesday and have thus far, kept the flames from the 41,773-acre Bobcat Fire from reaching the historic Mt. Wilson Observatory. 

Tuesday, Sept. 15

9:28 p.m. The Bobcat Fire has grown to 41,773 acres and is still 3 percent contained as of Tuesday night

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. 

8:59 p.m. Firefighters create strong protection point for Mt. Wilson

 

8:50 p.m. The forest closure has been extended until September 21. 

6:14 p.m El Dorado Fire has burned 17,892 acres, 61 percent contained


2:35 p.m. A 500- to 1,000-acre spot fire has crossed Angeles Crest (2) Highway from the Bobcat Fire.

Crews are “actively engaged in suppressing it,” according to the U.S. Forest Service, which also reports that “firing operations to protect Mt. Wilson continue down to the southernmost line towards Spanish Canyon.”

1:20 p.m. The Bobcat Fire is within 500 feet of the Mt. Wilson Observatory, according to the Angeles National Forest agency. 

Fire crews are in place to receive the fire and will work strategically to protect the observatory. 

 10:45 a.m. 16,600 firefighters battling 25 major wildfires statewide

Over 16,600 firefighters remain on the frontlines of 25 major wildfires and two extended attack wildfires in California. Firefighters were able to contain two large wildfires on Monday, all while still responding to 33 initial attack wildfires across the state.

9:55 a.m. Smoke advisory remains in effect for Bobcat Fire

Areas of direct impact for poor air quality may include parts of Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino Counties.

The Bobcat Fire has burned 41,231 acres and is at just 3 percent containment.

7:46 a.m. El Dorado Fire now 54% contained

Containment on the El Dorado fire has reached 54 percent. The fire has blackened 17,598 acres. 

7:45 a.m. Bobcat Fire expands to over 40,000 acres

The Bobcat Fire is now at 41,231 acres and at 3 percent containment, having slipped from 6 percent on Monday. 

5:45 a.m. Bobcat Fire threatens homes, Mount Wilson Observatory

With fire crews having lost ground on the Bobcat Fire, flames from the blaze moved closer to homes and the historic Mount Wilson Observatory on Monday night. All personnel from the Observatory have been evacuated. 

Monday, Sept. 14

10:33 p.m Bobcat Fire evening operational update

 

10:00 p.m. Bobcat Fire: Caltrans Update

8:55 p.m. Bobcat Fire remains very active. 

7:55 p.m. The Bobcat Fire has grown to 38,299 Acres and is 3 percent contained. 

The fire behavior remains very active, with active backing and flanking, uphill runs, torching and crowning, and spotting observed.

7:45 p.m. The Bobcat Fire is growing to the west and getting closer to Mt. Wilson.

Dry vegetation and difficult terrain are the biggest factors behind the fire’s growth. 

7:30 p.m. Bobcat Fire Zoom community meeting at capacity. 

A fire management virtual public meeting on Zoom Monday evening was at capacity as representatives for the Bobcat Fire answered questions from the community. The City of Monrovia was able to live stream the meeting and can be seen below. 

6:27 p.m. The El Dorado Fire has burned 16,490 acres, 53 percent contained

5:14 p.m. Bobcat Fire has crossed the contingency line and is burning on the ridge line above the east side of Little Santa Anita Canyon.

3:13 p.m. Bobcat Fire Update: Along the eastern edge of the Bobcat Fire, there is an active fire pushing up 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. 

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. As fire crews move into the evening, the fire will get closer to the foothill communities. 

3:00 p.m. The U.S. Postal Service on Monday announced that as a result of the wildfires on the West Coast, there could be some temporary service disruption. 

The USPS residential service disruption website has a list of service disruption information based on location or event. The postal office closures in California are concentrated in Northern California for the time being. 

1:23 p.m. The South Coast Air Quality Management District is extending its smoke advisory through Tuesday afternoon due to wildfire smoke.

Most of the AQMD jurisdiction, which consists of portions of Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties, will experience smoke impacts with the highest AQI values occurring in direct proximity to the Bobcat and El Dorado fires.

Smoke carried from the fires in Central and Northern California may also contribute to elevated levels of PM2.5 and PM10. Unhealthy or higher AQI levels are possible in areas of direct smoke impacts, particularly those close to the fires.

12:45 p.m. President Donald J. Trump was in California Monday to discuss the wildfires burning across the West Coast with California Gov. Gavin Newsom. 

Trump and Newsom participated in a briefing Monday on the deadly fires that have forced thousands of residents out of their homes along the West Coast. Trump has repeatedly discounted the impact of climate change and endorsed raking forests as a means of combating wildfires.

12:31 p.m. The opening day of Santa Anita’s autumn season will be pushed back a week until Sept. 25 due to the impact of the massive Bobcat Fire on air quality and the surrounding community.

The racetrack is serving as an evacuation site for residents under mandatory evacuation orders.

“Our local community has been deeply impacted by the Bobcat Fire burning for more than a week in the mountains behind us,” said Aidan Butler, executive director of California operations for The Stronach Group. “The current weather pattern has kept the smoke in the valley and the air quality is quite poor right now.

“The Red Cross is using Santa Anita as the evacuation zone for people — including many of our horsemen — whose homes are less than two miles from here,” Butler said. “As excited as we are to welcome back live racing, we are first and foremost committed to safety. This is the responsible decision to make at this time so people can plan accordingly.”

Nearly 900 firefighters, backed up by nine water- and retardant- dropping aircraft, were battling the 36,366-acre fire on Monday.

9:45 a.m. 16,500 firefighters battling 28 major wildfires as of Monday

Nearly 16,500 firefighters continue working to gain containment on the 28 major wildfires across California. Since the beginning of the year, wildfires have burned over 3.2 million acres in California, which is larger than the State of Connecticut. Since August 15, when California’s fire activity elevated, there have been 24 fatalities and over 4,200 structures destroyed.

Red Flag conditions have returned today to northeastern California.

9:00 a.m. Bobcat Fire reps to hold virtual meeting Monday at 6:30 p.m.

Fire officials scheduled a virtual public meeting via Zoom for 6:30 p.m. Monday to provide updates and answer residents’ questions so they don’t have to risk COVID-19 exposure in a large gathering. It can be joined at http://usfs.zoomgov.com/J/1609926478.

7:30 a.m. Bobcat Fire grows to 36,366 acres, only 6 percent contained

Nearly 900 firefighters backed up by nine water- and retardant-dropping aircraft battled the 36,366-acre Bobcat Fire Monday, working to protect communities in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, including Arcadia and Sierra Madre where some residents were evacuated as flames burned downhill toward their homes.

7:00 a.m. El Dorado fire at 14,478 acres, 44 percent contained

Fire crews continue to maintain the perimeter of the blaze that was ignited by an incendiary device used in a gender reveal with almost no growth in the past 24 hours. There are currently over 1,300 firefighters involved in the effort to stop the fire, which has destroyed 4 homes and damaged 2 others.

5:30 a.m. Bobcat fire containment date pushed back

The date for full containment for the Bobcat fire was pushed back to some time between Oct. 15 and Oct. 30. The fire has blackened 33,312 acres and is just 6 percent contained. Residents in parts of Arcadia and Sierra Madre were evacuated as flames burned downhill toward homes.

Sunday, Sept. 13

10:04 p.m Nighttime water drops have commenced on Bobcat fire

7:37 p.m. Bobcat fire has burned 33,312 acres, 6 percent contained

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. 

7:24 p.m. North side of El Dorado fire perimeter had almost no growth over the past 24 hours

Cal Fire reports that excellent progress is being made to contain the fire north of Highway 38. Ground crews continue constructing a contingency line between Hwy 38 and the 2015 Lake Fire burn scar. 

6:20 p.m. El Dorado Fire has burned 14,283 acres, now 44 percent contained

Damage assessment teams have completed assessments in the Oak Glen Area.  Residences: 4 destroyed, and 2 damaged; Minor structures/outbuildings: 6 destroyed, and 4 damaged.

Hotshot crews began direct line construction in the Skinner Creek area above Hwy 38. They are being supported by specialized hose lays that are refilled by helicopters into portable tanks. This is needed due to the elevation change and rugged topography.

4:30 p.m. Bobcat Fire evacuation orders remain in effect overnight

The mandatory evacuation orders for all residents north of Elkins Ave. and east of Santa Anita Ave. in the city of Arcadia, as well as a portion of Sierra Madre, will remain in effect overnight. Arcadia residents north of Foothill Blvd. and east of Santa Anita Ave. remain under an evacuation warning.

The Bobcat Fire has grown to nearly 32,000 acres and is 6% contained.

1:30 p.m. Smoke advisory extended to Monday

South Coast Air Quality Management District has extended its smoke advisory until Monday afternoon, September 14. Both the Bobcat Fire and the El Dorado Fire are producing substantial amounts of smoke on Sunday based on satellite and webcam imagery. Falling ash has been reported downwind of the Bobcat Fire throughout the South Coast Air Basin.

12:30 p.m. Bobcat Fire press conference to be held at 3 p.m.

Angeles National Forest officials will host a news briefing at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Center in which they will only discuss evacuation orders. No questions will be allowed, but one-on-one interviews will be available afterward.

10 a.m. City of Arcadia orders evacuations for some as Bobcat fire threatens area

Residents in Arcadia were ordered to evacuate Sunday due to the Bobcat Fire, which burned downhill toward communities in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, after firefighters worked overnight to keep flames from threatening other populated areas that remained under evacuation warnings.

At about 10 a.m., the city of Arcadia ordered all residents north of Elkins Avenue and east of Santa Anita Avenue to evacuate. They were advised to use Santa Anita Avenue to leave the area.

7 a.m. Some evacuation orders lifted in the El Dorado Fire

The wildfire has consumed 14,238 acres and is 41 percent contained, authorites said. All areas in Yucaipa, Oak Glen, and Mentone are no longer under evacuation orders. Mountain Home Village, Forest Falls, Angelus Oaks, and Seven Oaks are still under evacuation orders. Highway 38 also remains closed from Bryant Street to Onyx Summit.

6:45 a.m. Bobcat fire active overnight

Firefighters are battling flames on multiple fronts of the Bobcat Fire, which continues to frustrate efforts of firefighters to bring it under control.

As of Saturday, the wildfire had blackened 29,245 acres and remained only 6% contained.

On the northeast edge of the wildfire, crews used strategic firing operations to contain the fire south of Highway 2 and west of Highway 39, as hoped, according to Angeles National Forest officials.

However, fire activity on the southern front, which had reached Santa Anita Canyon near Chantry Flat, was expected to remain high throughout the night.

Saturday, Sept. 12

7 p.m. LNU Lightning Complex Fire remains at 363,220 acres, 96% contained

Crews will continue to work to reinforce containment lines and fire suppression repair teams remain active throughout the area. Widespread smoke from other fires will continue to be visible in the area.

5 p.m. Bobcat Fire extends its reach

The Bobcat Fire has reached into Big Santa Anita Canyon, as fire crews work to halt forward rate of spread.

3:45 p.m. Smoke Advisory Extended through Sunday

According to the South Coast Air Quality Management District, smoke from the Bobcat Fire burning in the region has caused unhealthy air quality in the following areas:

  • 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
  • West San Gabriel Valley
  • East San Gabriel Valley
  • Pomona-Walnut Valley
  • South San Gabriel Valley
  • South Central Los Angeles County
  • Santa Clarita Valley
  • San Gabriel Mountains

This advisory remains in effect through Sunday, September 13.

3 p.m. CZU Lightning Complex update: Some evac orders reduced to warnings in Santa Cruz County

CZU Lightning Complex orders have been reduced to an evacation warning for some areas in Santa Cruz county. A warning is issued when the threat is still plausible for fire activity to increase and your residence may be in the affected area.

2:15 p.m. CAL FIRE SNU announces closure of Boggs Mountain Demonstration State Forest

The Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit reminded the public Saturday about the current high fire danger situation in their area. These new closures are due to the extreme resource drawdown from wildfires across the state.

12:30 p.m. Aircraft pilots dropping water, retardant on Bobcat Fire

Unmanned aircraft systems should not be flown near or around wildfires on National Forest System Lands. If drones are spotted, firefighting aircraft must stay grounded.

11 a.m. El Dorado has burned 14,043 acres, now 39% contained

As the wind transitions to up canyon winds this afternoon, there is the potential for large fire growth as weeather and terrain align. Ground crews continue securing fire lines and air resources are utilizing retardent and water drops to slow fire progression.

10:20 a.m. 16,200 firefighters battling 28 major fires

Over 16,000 firefighters continue working Saturday to gain containment on the 28 major wildfires across California. Since August 15, when California’s fire activity elevated, there have been 19 fatalities and over 4,000 structures destroyed.

7:30 a.m. All National Forests closed until Monday

Angeles National Forest announced all National Forests, including campgrounds and picnic areas, will be closed until Monday due to the wildfires in the state.

6 a.m. Smoke advisory extended for 29,245-acre Bobcat fire

A smoke advisory will be in effect through Saturday in most of Los Angeles County and parts of Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties due to a wildfire burning in the Angeles National Forest that jumped from 26,368 acres to 29,245 acres and is only 6% contained.

Through Saturday, smoke and ash are expected in portions of Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside and Orange counties, and unhealthy or higher Air Quality Index levels due to PM2.5 concentrations are possible in areas of direct smoke impacts through Saturday, according to the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

Evacuation warnings remain in effect in the foothill communities of Duarte, Bradbury, Monrovia, Sierra Madre, Pasadena, Altadena and Arcadia.

The Angeles Crest Highway 2 was closed from Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road to Big Pines and Highway 39 was closed at Old San Gabriel Canyon Road to the Angeles Crest Highway 2.

Friday, Sept. 11

7:45 p.m. The El Dorado Fire has burned 13,920 acres, is 37 percent contained, and 1,465 personnel are battleing the fire as of Friday night. 

Damage assessment teams in the Oak Glen Area have determined that four Residences have been destroyed, and two have been damaged. Six minor structures or outbuildings have been destroyed, and four have been damaged. 

Evacuations: 
Residents and businesses may check to see if they are within evacuation order or warning areas by going to the San Bernardino County Sheriffs Interactive Mapping Tool. The Oak Glen area will be open to residents, business owners and employees only.

Evacuations Orders: 

Yucaipa Area

  • All Residents located East of Brant, North of Carter, and West of Jefferson remain in under an evacuation Orders.
  • All residents located east of Bryant street on Highway 38 including Mountain Home, Forest Falls, Angelus Oak, 7 Oaks and Jenks Lake Area East to Onyx Summit. Angelus Oaks / Seven Oaks Residents, residents must drive North to Big Bear, CA as Highway 38 is impacted by fire.

Rock slides are also being reported along Highway 38 where the fire has loosened rocks.

Evacuation Warning – Voluntary, but residents should be prepared to leave at any time.

  • North of Carter, West of Bryant, South of Highway 38, East of Garnet. Those who require additional time to evacuate, and those with pets and livestock should leave now.

Big Bear residents are asked to monitor the El Dorado Fire and stay informed on fire conditions. Residents are also asked to check social media platforms frequently for updates on the #ElDoradoFire.

Fire Managers and Big Bear Emergency Agencies issued a Travel Advisory Notice Thursday for visitors to the Big Bear Area, who are urged to consider postponing their travel due to the El Dorado Fire. 

A Red Cross can be reached at (442) 242-0946, and is located at the Redlands East Valley High School, 31000 E. Colton Ave. Redlands.

Road Closures: 

  • Highway 38 is closed between Bryant St. and Lake Williams Dr.
  • Topaz St. is closed at Bryant St. to eastbound traffic
  • Juniper Ave and Adams Street are closed east of Bryant St.
  • Fremont St is closed north of Carter St. 
  • Ivy is closed between Bryant and Jefferson.    

7 p.m. Poor air quality due to the Bobcat and El Dorado Fires.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District has extended its smoke advisory through Saturday due to the Bobcat and El Dorado fires impacting portions of Los Angeles and nearby counties.

Smoke and ash are expected in portions of Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside and Orange counties, and unhealthy or higher Air Quality Index levels due to PM2.5 concentrations are possible in areas of direct smoke impacts through Saturday, according to the AQMD.

The AQMD advises those who smell smoke or see ash to limit exposure by remaining indoors with windows and doors closed or to seek alternate shelter, and avoid vigorous physical activity.

3:10 p.m. El Dorado Fire evacuation orders lifted.

The evacuation orders were lifted for all areas east of Jefferson and south of Carter. The Oak Glen area will reopen to residents, businesses owners, employees only.  

3:10 p.m. Due to the El Dorado Fire burning near Big Bear, local officials are asking visitors to postpone their trips until the fire threat has passed. 

3 p.m. Cal Fire reports there have been 20 deaths due to the wildfires raging across the state. 

12:30 p.m. The Bobcat Fire has grown to approximately 23,890 acres and is six percent contained. 

Evacuation Alerts:
Evacuation warnings are in effect for Monrovia, Arcadia, Bradbury, Sierra Madre, Altadena, Duarte and Pasadena. At this time, no Evacuation Orders in these communities have been issued—however, it’s important to stay well-informed as this is an evolving incident.

The Bobcat Fire is burning in an area with steep terrain and dry fuels, some of which haven’t burned in the last 60 years – creating challenges for crews.

Fire agencies will continue working on opening dozer lines and utilizing the road system to slow progression of the fire. Local fire departments will continue to conduct structure protection planning and triage efforts within the foothill communities.   

10:10 a.m. El Dorado Fire has burned 13,715 acres, 31 percent contained

Evacuation orders remain in place for the El Dorado Fire, which has blacked 13,715 acres and is 31 percent contained. Damage assessment teams have completed assessments in the Oak Glen Area. 

Residences: 4 destroyed, and 2 damaged; Minor structures/outbuildings: 6 destroyed, and 4 damaged. 

Evacuations Orders

Yucaipa Area

  • From Highway 38, South all areas East of Bryant, North of Carter, East of Jeffreys / Cherry Croft between Carter and Oak Glen Road, then North of Oak Glen Road from Chery Croft to Canyon, then East of Canyon Drive from Oak Glen Road to Wildwood Canyon Drive, and areas North of Wildwood Canyon Drive from Canyon Drive to the junction with Oak Glen Road. 
  • Oak Glen (partial)
  • All residents located east of Bryant street on Highway 38 including Mountain Home, Forest Falls, Angelus Oak, 7 Oaks and Jenks Lake Area East to Onyx Summit. Angelus Oaks / Seven Oaks. Residents must drive North to Big Bear, CA as Highway 38 is impacted by fire. Rock slides are also being reported along Highway 38 where the fire has loosened rocks.

Evacuation Warning: Voluntary, but residents should be prepared to leave at any time.

  • North of Carter, West of Bryant, South of Highway 38, East of Garnet.  Those who require additional time to evacuate, and those with pets and livestock should leave now.
  • Big Bear residents, please monitor the El Dorado Fire and stay informed on fire conditions. Please check social media platforms frequently for updates on the #ElDoradoFire. 
  • Fire Managers and Big Bear Emergency Agencies issued a Travel Advisory Notice yesterday for visitors to the Big Bear Area, who are urged to consider postponing their travel due to the El Dorado Fire. 

A Red Cross can be reached at (442) 242-0946, and is located at the Redlands East Valley High School, 31000 E. Colton Ave. Redlands.   

6:20 a.m. Northern California fire is state’s deadliest of 2020 so far

Ten people are confirmed dead and 16 others are missing in the North Complex Fire in Butte, Plumas, Yuba Counties. The fire has blackened 244,203 acres and is 23 percent contained. 

5:30 a.m. Bobcat Fire remains at 6 percent containment, smoke advisory in effect for much of L.A., Orange County

Thursday, Sept. 10

10:02 p.m The El Dorado Fire burned steep near Hwy 38 Thursday afternoon. 

The hard work by the ground crews over the past several days has successfully held the fire behind Mountain Home Village along the fire control lines. Crews continue to mop up and extinguish hot spots to protect the community. 

Just east of Mountain Home Village, the fire crossed Highway 38. The fire continues to burn up the slopes along the dozer contingency line. Crews are deploying hose and utilizing both water and retardant drops to slow the fire progression. 

8:02 p.m The El Dorado Fire expands to 13,592 acres, 31 percent contained

7:47 p.m. Bobcat Fire expands to 23,890 acres, 6 percent contained

4:56 p.m. Bobcat Fire has burned 23,800 acres and is 0 percent contained

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. Authorities are urging people to stay out of the Phase 1 Evacuation Area, unless you 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. 

4:05 p.m. The El Dorado Fire is now active on the northern edge, on the north side of Yucaipa Ridge and north of Highway 38

The fire has been active both the day and night due to dry and hot weather with no relative humidity recovery and very dry vegetation. The wind and canyons continue to align, allowing for large fire growth. The Red Flag wind warning has expired, however, the predominant wind is expected to continue gusting up to 24 mph allowing for aggressive upslope fire runs during the day and transitioning into a downslope down canyon influence at night. Firefighters continue to work in and around Mountain Home Village and Forest Falls by directly extinguishing fire with hose lines and constructing and securing fire lines to increase defensible space around threatened structures.

1:05 p.m. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department on Thursday announced all evacuation warnings and orders in Riverside County due to the El Dorado Fire have been lifted 

10:55 a.m. Firefighters now battling 29 major wildfires across California

According to CalFire officials, there are 14,000 firefighters, 2,200 fire engines, 95 assigned aircraft, and 250 fire crews battling 29 major wildfires today. The current crop of fires have burned over 2.6 million acres statewide.

8:35 a.m. Bobcat Fire expands to 23,890 acres

The Bobcat Fire burning in the Angeles National Forest has blackened 23,890 acres and was 0 percent contained. Six San Gabriel Valley foothill communities remain under an evacuation warning.

7:50 a.m. El Dorado Fire at 12,610 acres, 23 percent contained

Firefighters have made progress in the containment of the fire which was ignited on Saturday by an incendiary device used for a gender reveal announcement. The fire has burned 12,610 acres and is now 23 percent contained.

Evacuation orders remain in place for:

  • Areas east of Bryant from Highway 38 South to Yucaipa Blvd
  • East on Yucaipa Blvd at Bryant intersection to Freemont Street
  • South to Grande View Drive
  • Along Ave E southeast to the intersection of Mesa Grande
  • East to Wildwood Canyon Rd to include all portions of Hidden Meadows
  • East to Edgar Canyon Road
  • The portion of the Cherry Valley Community that is north of Orchard St to the County Line
  • East of Nancy Ave. 
  • West of Beaumont Ave.
  • Oak Glen (partial, see road closures) 
  • Mountain Home Village and Forest Falls
  • All residents located North of Valley of the Falls Drive along Highway 38 to Onyx Summit, including the Angelus Oak, 7 Oaks and Jenks Lake Area

5:30 a.m. Bobcat Fire expands to nearly 20,000 acres, some evacuation warnings lifted

The Bobcat Fire has burned 19,796 acres and remains at 0 percent containment. Evacuation warnings have been lifted for Arcadia residents north of Foothill Boulevard and east of Santa Anita with city officials saying “the fire has generally progressed away from” Arcadia.

2:30 a.m. At least 7 people have been killed in wildfires across Washington, Oregon and California, including three in Northern California.

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea announced the three deaths but declined to provide details.

“Time and time again we have seen how dangerous wildfires can be. … so I ask that you please, please please be prepared, maintain situational awareness and heed the warnings,” Sheriff Honea pleaded.

Wednesday, Sept. 9

10:02 p.m. El Dorado Fire evacuation update

9:12 p.m. The El Dorado Fire has burned 12,474 acres and is 18 percent contained

9 p.m. Red-flag warning canceled for San Gabriel Valley

A wind advisory was in effect Wednesday, with gusts of 25 to 35 mph in the mountains and San Gabriel, San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys, but the National Weather Service reported about 10 a.m. Wednesday that the Santa Ana Winds were “not as strong as predicted and latest trends are down.”

Winds were expected to blow about 10-15 mph Wednesday night, with gusts up to 20 mph, then down to 5-15 mph on Thursday, with gusts up to 25 mph, the National Weather Service reported.

A red flag warning for extreme fire danger in the San Gabriel Valley was canceled at about 1:30 p.m., but remained in effect until 8 p.m. for the Los Angeles County mountains and San Fernando Valley.

7:45 p.m. The Bobcat Fire on Wednesday grew to 19,796 acres and remains 0 percent contained

According to the Angeles National Forest, crews saw major growth to the Northeast, towards the Crystal Lake area. 

Evacuation Warnings are in effect for Monrovia, Arcadia, Bradbury, Sierra Madre, Altadena, Duarte and Pasadena. At this time, no Evacuation Orders in these communities have been issued.

Road Closures:

San Gabriel Canyon Rd (HWY 39) is closed at Old San Gabriel Canyon Rd.

SR 2 (Angeles Crest Hwy.) is closed from 10.6 miles east of La Canada-Flintridge to Islip Saddle.  

 7:30 p.m. The El Dorado Fire has burned 12,474 acres and is 18 percent contained as of Wednesday evening 

The South Coast Air Quality Management District has extended its smoke advisory through Thursday afternoon due to the Bobcat and El Dorado fires. Smoke and ash are expected in portions of Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside and Orange counties, and unhealthy or higher Air Quality Index levels due to PM2.5 concentrations are possible in areas of direct smoke impacts through Thursday, according to the agency.

5:35 p.m. Voluntary evacuations lifted for residents north of Foothill Boulevard, and east of Santa Anita Avenue due to the Bobcat Fire

The City of Arcadia has removed the recommendation for residents to evacuate, but residents are advised to remain on alert for any changes to weather conditions that may affect the fire. Evacuations may be necessary if conditions change. 

Due to smoke and ash, the air quality remains poor in the region where the Bobcat Fire is burning, and the City of Arcadia is recommending residents in poor health, children, and older adults to remain indoors until conditions improve.

5:20 p.m. An evacuation order has been issued for all areas between Angelus Oaks and Onyx Summit due to the El Dorado Fire

Residents are asked to evacuate via Highway 38 North to Big Bear. 

4:00 p.m. Evacuation order issued for Angelus Oaks and the community of Seven Oaks

Residents are being asked to evacuate via Highway 38 North, towards Big Bear. 

2:25 p.m. Red-flag warning canceled for San Gabriel Valley

A wind advisory was due to expire at 3 p.m. Wednesday, with gusts of 25 to 35 miles an hour in the mountains and San Gabriel, San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys expected to gradually decrease as the day wears on.

Forecasters had earlier predicted gusts of up to 60 mph.

A red-flag warning for extreme fire danger in the San Gabriel Valley was canceled at about 1:30 p.m., but remained in effect until 8 p.m. for the L.A. County mountains and the San Fernando Valley.

The Bobcat Fire in the Angeles National Forest has grown to 11,456 acres with no containment. Because Santa Ana winds were not as strong as expected by early Wednesday afternoon, there is optimism that more evacuations could be avoided.

2:25 p.m. Fairplex opens for horse evacuations due to the Bobcat Fire

Horse owners in need of boarding their horses can use the Fairplex. For assistance, horse owners can call: 909-865-4600. Everyone accessing the Fairlex is asked to follow COVID-19 guidelines.

Horse trailers should enter the grounds at Gate 12, 2201 N. White Ave., Pomona.

Horse owners are asked to bring food, water and bedding for their horses.

12:30 p.m. The Forest Service announces the closure of all National Forests in California

The agency said the closure was due to the “unprecedented and historic fire conditions” the state of California is facing. 

10:40 a.m. Firefighters battling 28 major blazes across the state

Today there are 14,000 firefighters, 2,000 fire engines, and 95 assigned aircraft battling 28 major fires that have burned 2.5 million acres across the state.

8:25 a.m. Bobcat Fire now at 11,456 acres

The Bobcat Fire burning in Angeles National Forest has expanded to 11,456 acres with 0 percent containment. Evacuation warnings remain in place for residents of Monrovia and other foothill communities.

7:15 a.m. El Dorado Fire expands to 11,479 acres, evacuation orders, warnings remain in effect

The El Dorado Fire burning near Yucaipa has now scorched 11,479 acres and remains at 19 percent containment. A Red Flag Warning is also in effect for the area — and for much of the state. Evacuation orders and warnings remain in effect.

5:40 a.m. Bobcat Fire: Evacuation warnings issued, Red Cross opens evacuation point at Santa Anita

Evacuation warnings were in effect for seven San Gabriel Valley foothill communities Wednesday morning as the Bobcat Fire in the Angeles National Forest grew to 10,344 acres with no containment.

Fire officials issued evacuation warnings for residents in Duarte, Bradbury, Monrovia, Acadia, Sierra Madre, Pasadena and Altadena, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

The American Red Cross Los Angeles Region has opened an evacuation point at Santa Anita Park (285 West Huntington Dr. Arcadia, CA 91007) for those affected by the Bobcat Fire near Azusa, CA.

The evacuation point, which was activated by the Los Angeles County Fire Department and is being supported by the Red Cross, is a rest site for residents to gather and assess their needs and for the Red Cross to present lodging options. Residents can access the evacuation point at Santa Anita Park via the Gate 5 entrance on Huntington Drive. 

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Tuesday, Sept. 8

10:42 p.m. Bobcat Fire: Foothill communities expand evacuation warnings

The communities of Monrovia, Arcadia, Sierra Madre, Bradbury, Altadena, Duarte and Pasadena are currently under an evacuation warning. Residents in the foothills area below the fire are to be prepared to evacuate, as there continues to be fire growth. 

8:57 p.m. El Dorado Fire: New evacuation warning issued by San Bernardino County Sheriff

Evacuation warning is in effect as of 9 p.m. Sept 8th from Oak Glen Rd to Hwy 38 West of Bryant to Garnet. Evacuation routes via Hwy 38 West or Bryant St. South. There is a potential threat to life and/or property. Those who require additional time to evacuate, and those with pets and livestock should leave now.

8:45 p.m. The Bobcat fire has burned 10,344 acres with 0 percent containment

This evening, a Nixle Alert and an Emergency Alert were sent to residents to continue to encourage those living in the foothills community to prepare for evacuations.

8:02 p.m. The El Dorado Fire has burned 11,259 acress and is 19 percent contained 

Evacuation warning is in effect as of 9 p.m. Sept 8th from Oak Glen Rd to Hwy 38 West of Bryant to Garnet. Evacuation routes via Hwy 38 West or Bryant St. South. There is a potential threat to life and/or property. Those who require additional time to evacuate, and those with pets and livestock should leave now.

7:20 p.m. Bobcat Fire is 10,344 acres with 0 percent containment 

The Angeles National Forest on Tuesday evening warned that warm and dry conditions along with Santa Ana winds will contribute to active burning with erratic fire behavior expected. 

7:00 p.m. Bobcat Fire evacuations 

The city of Arcadia is advising all residents north of Foothill Boulevard and east of Santa Anita Avenue to prepare for evacuation due to the Bobcat Fire in the Angeles National Forest.

Smoke from the Bobcat Fire in the Angeles National Forest was expected to continue to affect air quality Wednesday, with Santa Ana winds possibly pushing the fire closer to populated areas.

The fire had burned more than 8,500 acres as of Tuesday afternoon, with full containment not expected until Oct. 15.

4:00 p.m. Santa Ana Winds

The National Weather Service, Los Angeles on Tuesday reported that Santa Ana winds gusting 25-35 mph are expected in the region where the Bobcat Fire continues to burn. Ridgetop wind gusts could reach 50 mph. The high winds could increase the fire spread. 

12:40 p.m. Gov. Gavin Newsom during a media conference on Tuesday said more than 90 percent of the fires in California are believed to be manmade.

  • The El Dorado County Fire, according to Cal Fire, was sparked by a gender reveal party, though Gov. Newsom said it was still under investigation. 

12:20 p.m. The El Dorado Fire that has burned 10,574 acres is 16 percent contained as of noon on Tuesday. 

Firefighters continue to aggressively work to contain the fire. According to the San Bernardino National Forest, a successful burnout operation was conducted on the eastern fire perimeter, between Oak Glen Road and the Apple Fire burn scar on Monday. Another burn out was also completed around Mountain Village, the north side of the El Dorado Fire.

Fire agencies report making “good progress.” As Santa Ana winds pick up in the region, fire crews warned of the potential for the fire to spread into neighborhoods and communities.

Officials are asking residents to heed evacuation orders.

CLOSURES AND EVACUATIONS

ROAD CLOSURES

• Highway 38: Northbound Highway 38 is closed at Bryant Ave. and Southbound Highway 38 is closed at the town of Angelus Oaks. 

• Oak Glen Road: Closed at Pine Bench Rd on the east and Cherry Croft/Jefferson on the west.

EVACUATIONS:

Evacuation Order: Yucaipa Blvd at Bryant intersection to the east. Yucaipa Blvd to Ave E southeast to the intersection of Mesa Grande, east to Wildwood Canyon Rd to include all portions of Hidden Meadows and the southern portion of the Cherry Valley Community from Nancy Lane east to Beaumont Ave. Including portions of Riverside County down to Orchard St.

Oak Glen (partial, see road closures), Mountain Home Village, Forest Falls and North Bench Yucaipa (north of Carter St to Highway 38 and both sides of Bryant St east & west).

Evacuation Warning: Evacuation warning in place for Beaumont Ave east to Hillside Place in the Highland Springs area to the Apple Fire burn perimeter to the north and Cherry Valley Blvd to the south.

11:05 a.m. Red Flag Warning to go into effect at noon, Gov. Newsom to provide updates:

10:55 a.m. El Dorado Fire grows to 10,574 acres, evacuations in place:

  • Firefighters are making progress on the fire which was sparked by an incendiary device used for a gender reveal party.
  • The El Dorado fire burning in the Yucaipa area has burned over 10,000 acres with 16 percent containment.

Evacuations have been ordered for residents in the following areas:

  • Yucaipa Blvd at Bryant intersection to the east
  • Yucaipa Blvd to Ave E southeast to the intersection of Mesa Grande
  • East to Wildwood Canyon Rd to include all portions of Hidden Meadows and the southern portion of the Cherry Valley Community from Nancy Lane east to Beaumont Ave
  • Portions of Riverside County down to Orchard St. Oak Glen (partial)
  • Mountain Home Village
  • Forest Falls and North Bench Yucaipa (north of Carter St to Highway 38 and both sides of Bryant St east & west)

 9:50 a.m. Bobcat Fire grows to 8,553 acres with no containment:

  • Forecasters warn of approaching Santa Ana winds, Red Flag Warning issued through Wednesday.
  • Forest service estimates that the fire will not be fully contained until Oct. 15.
  • Fire officials put some Monrovia residents on notice that they may be ordered to evacuate if the fire spreads south.

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