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Bobcat Fire Update

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***FINAL Update as of 9/25/2020 @ 8:32 AM***

The Bobcat Fire has grown to 114,000 acres and is 55% contained. Due to the significant containment efforts by fire crews and the progression of the fire further away from Arcadia, this will be the final update on the Bobcat Fire on the City's website. The Arcadia Fire Department will continue to monitor the fire's progress and future updates will be provided if conditions change. For the latest information on the Bobcat Fire, please visit the Incident Information System by clicking the link below:

Bobcat Fire Inciweb

Crews will continue to prep and add additional depth to secure lines north of Mt. Wilson and in the Northeast between Highway 2 and Big Rock Creek. These continued strategic firing operations are done to secure the fire's 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 Mt. Wilson operation occurred. A focus of our 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.


***Update as of 9/24/2020 @ 8:34 PM***

The Bobcat Fire has grown to nearly 114,000 acres and is 50% contained.

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 Mt. Waterman Ridge where crews worked on building a direct handline. Firing operations continued at Mt. Wilson today and crews will remain there to monitor and patrol the area for hot spots. Fire resources also continue to mop-up and patrol the Big Rock Creek Area where dozer line has been placed. Crews continued monitoring and patrolling containment lines
from Camp Trask all the way to Chantry Flat in Santa Anita Canyon. In Antelope Valley, crews will continue to secure line and mop up around structures. The eastern and southern portions from Crystal Lake around to Mt. Wilson remain mop-up, monitor, and patrol status. Repopulation efforts for the Pasadena and Altadena. Additionally, Clear, Sand, Ward, and East Fork areas were repopulated took place today with help from Los Angeles County Occupancy support.


***Update as of 9/24/2020 @ 7:54 AM***

The Bobcat Fire has grown to nearly 114,000 acres and is 50% contained.

Progress continues to be made on containment as the Bobcat Fire is now 50%. 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 Mt. 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 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 line and mop up around structures. The eastern and southern portions from Crystal Lake around to Mt. Wilson remain mop-up, monitor, and patrol status.

Fire Progression Map

***Update as of 9/23/2020 @ 8:01 PM ****

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 concern, however, they were able to construct a 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 lines.


***Update as if 9/23/2020 @ 8:22 AM***


The Bobcat Fire has grown to 113,000 acres and is 38% contained. 

Hard work by the firefighters over the incident has increased containment up to 38%. 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. On the northwestern corner of the fire, crews will be constructing a direct line south from Littlerock and north from Highway 2. North of Mt. Wilson firefighters will be working 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.

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***Update as of 9/22/2020 @ 7:28 PM***

Strategic Firing operations will continue into the evening from Mt. Wilson down to the Redbox Road as favorable weather conditions allow. Structure engines will be in the desert foothills to continue monitoring and to respond to smoke checks in the communities. Much of the lower eastern through the southern perimeter remains in patrol status. Crews, engines, and equipment continue to strengthen containment lines and mop up hot areas near the perimeter. In the northeast, crews will be focused on keeping the fire in the existing footprint. A virtual community meeting was held yesterday the corrected closed-captioned version will replace the live version as it is finished.


***Update as of 9/22/2020 @ 8:34 AM***

With the forecasted weather conditions, we expect similar fire activity yesterday. The defensive strategic firing operation to secure the 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 a 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 a line to stop any further spread to the east. The south side and Highway 39 corridor continue to be in mop-up and patrol status.


***Update as of 9/21/2020 @ 8:50 PM***

The Bobcat Fire has grown to 106,000 acres and is 13% contained.

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 Mt. 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.


***Update as of 9/21/2020 @ 8:55 AM***

Today on the southern perimeter crews will continue securing line between Mt. 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 the fireline.


***Update as of 9/20/2020 @ 9:02 PM***

Priority continues to 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. Additionally, firefighters will continue to mop up and secure the areas around structures where the fire burned into Antelope Valley and Juniper Hills. We will also be looking for ways to secure the line between Mt. Wilson and Highway 2 to eliminate the threat to that area. 

There is another Bobcat Fire Community Meeting scheduled tomorrow, Monday, September 21, 2020 @ 6:30 PM. Please click on the link below to download the flyer on how to participate.

Bobcat Fire Community Meeting Flyer

***Update as of 9/20/2020 @ 1:55 PM***

Arcadia fire crews responded quickly to a small brush fire above Chantry Flat. The fire 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.

***Update as of 9/20/2020 @ 11:40 AM***

Arcadia fire crews are responding to a small flare-up above Chantry. Crews are actively working the fire. There is no change in alert status at this time. Please check back for updates as they become available.

***Update as of 9/20/2020 @ 9:50 AM***

Priorities continue on work to control the lines. These lines are being built in the northeastern and northwestern portions of the fire in order to stop the forward progression. Additionally, firefighters will continue to mop up and secure the areas around structures where the fire burned into Antelope Valley and Juniper Hills. Crews will also be looking for ways to secure the line between Mt. Wilson and Highway 2 to eliminate the threat to that area. Residents are urged to remain alert for any additional evacuation orders or warnings that may be issued.

The Bobcat Fire has grown to over 99,000 acres and is 15% contained.


***Update as of 9/19/2020 @ 2:00 PM***

The City of Arcadia, in coordination with the Bobcat Fire Unified Command, is lifting the evacuation warning for all residents north of Foothill Blvd. and east of Santa Anita Ave. beginning at 4:00PM today.

We ask that all residents continue to remain vigilant and have a plan in place. Should the situation change, the City will use Alert Arcadia and other communication resources to notify residents. Please stay informed by signing up for alerts.

The hard work and efforts of the multi-agency firefighting crews and cooperating partners resulted in lifting the evacuation warning for residents in the communities of Arcadia, Sierra Madre, Monrovia, Duarte, and Bradbury. Crews are still working to fully control the fire.

The Arcadia Fire Department will continue to monitor the situation and will provide updates as necessary. The City of Arcadia, our first responders, and emergency operations personnel thanks our community for their patience and support.


***Update as of 9/19/2020 @ 11:57 AM***

The Bobcat Fire has grown to over 91,000 acres and is 15% contained. A status update on Arcadia's evacuation warnings is expected later today.

The fire made significant wind-driven runs yesterday and impacted the communities of Juniper Hills, Valyermo, and Big Rock Springs. Numerous evacuation orders and warnings were issued for those areas. Today, 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 near Arcadia, personnel also continue to mop up to the extent necessary to ensure there is no further impact to structures. On 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. For information on evacuations follow Los Angeles Sheriff’s Twitter at @LASDHQ or https://bit.ly/35Uy9Ld.

Click here to view the latest map


***Update as of 9/18/2020 @ 9:52 PM***

The Bobcat Fire has grown to over 72,000 acres and is 15% contained. 


Winds peaked at over 44 mph over the fire today. Numerous evacuation orders and warnings were issued as the fire continued to make an aggressive push on the north, western and eastern edge. On the southern edge, fire crews worked on locating remaining hotspots and holding the 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. Retardant was placed around Mt. Wilson as the fire spotted west and air resources helped strengthen lines and keep lines in check.  A press conference regarding structure loss on the fire was held today. A recorded version of the meeting will be posted on the Angeles National Forest Facebook and Twitter, or Bobcat Inciweb. For most recent evacuation orders and alerts, visit: inciweb.nwcg.gov and search “Bobcat”.

Evacuation warnings remain in effect for all residents north of Foothill Blvd. and east of Santa Anita Ave.


***Update as of 9/18/2020 @ 12:22 PM***

The Bobcat Fire has grown to over 60,000 acres and is 15% contained. Fire crews will focus on addressing 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. Around Mt. Wilson crews will continue to hold and improve the lines protecting infrastructure while trying to keep the fire from spreading to the west around the mountain. To the east, firefighters will continue to patrol and pick up any spot fires and look for opportunities to establish direct control lines to slow the fire’s spread. In the south near Arcadia, crews will continue to mop-up and strengthen lines around foothill communities.

Separately, a firefighter has died fighting the El Dorado fire in San Bernardino County. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, and all firefighters who are on the front lines.

The City of Arcadia will continue to provide regular Bobcat Fire updates on the City’s website at ArcadiaCA.gov/Bobcat and on Twitter @ProtectArcadia, but will be winding down emergency public information operations through the City’s hotline and other social media platforms. Residents are encouraged to check the website and Twitter regularly for the latest updates on the Bobcat Fire.  

Evacuation warnings remain in effect for all residents north of Foothill Blvd. and east of Santa Anita Ave.

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***Update as of 9/17/2020 @ 9:27 PM***

The Bobcat Fire 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 continued 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 working very hard to protect infrastructure. To the east, downslope winds activated eastward fire movement near the San Gabriel Reservoir. Containment grew to 9% on the south end where firefighters continue patrol and mop-up to secure lines near the foothill communities, including Arcadia. 


***Update as of 9/17/2020 @ 11:08 AM***

The Angeles National Forest will be hosting a virtual public meeting via Zoom on today, Thursday, September 17, 2020, at 6:30 PM. Representatives from agencies fighting the Bobcat Fire will be available to provide an update.

The meeting will be streamed live through the Los Angeles County Fire Department Facebook page, as well as other partner agencies. Please kick on the link below for the flyer.

Virtual Meeting Flyer

In addition, a Zoom meeting will be available, however, the meeting capacity is capped at 500. 

Join us online at:
http://usfs.zoomgov.com/J/1601516683
Meeting ID: 160-151-6683
Dial-In: (669) 254-5252


***Update as of 9/17/2020 @ 9:42 AM***

The 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. The Arcadia Fire Department will continue to monitor the situation and will provide updates as conditions change.

The mandatory evacuation order for all residents north of Elkins Ave. and east of Santa Anita Ave has been lifted. The Arcadia Police Department is providing additional patrols in the area. 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.


***Update as of 9/17/2020 @ 8:15 AM***

The Bobcat Fire has grown to over 50,000 acres and is 3% contained. Around the foothills communities, the focus will be mopping up and improving the lines to secure the fire in this area. Around Mt. 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 and, firefighters will be scouting for additional opportunities for both indirect and direct firelines north of Highway 2.

This is the eighth day of setting records for fuel dryness and this is one of the factors that has been complicating control efforts. Tonight, there will be another virtual community meeting where fire management will provide an update on the Bobcat fire current situation. The meeting will be streamed through multiple platforms. Information on where to watch the Bobcat Fire virtual community meeting will be posted on the Angeles National Forest Twitter, Facebook, and Bobcat Inciweb pages.

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***Update as of 9/16/2020 @ 8:54 PM***

The Bobcat Fire is 46,263 acres with 3% containment. 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. 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 Mt. 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 in to look for places to start putting in line. 

Tomorrow another virtual community meeting where fire management will provide an update on the Bobcat fire current situation. Information on where to watch the Bobcat Fire virtual community meeting will be posted on the Angeles National Forest Twitter, Facebook, and Bobcat Inciweb early tomorrow.


***Update as of 9/16/2020 @ 5:49 PM***

Trash pickup for residents who were in the mandatory evacuation zone will be picked up on Wednesday, September 23, 2020.  If extra trash exceeds bin capacity, residents can place the extra bagged trash next to their bin and it will be collected by Waste Management.  All trash carts must be placed at the curb before 7:00 am on the day of trash pickup.  


***Update as of 9/16/2020 @ 12:16 PM***

The City of Arcadia, in coordination with the Bobcat Fire Unified Command, is lifting the mandatory evacuation order for all residents north of Elkins Ave. and east of Santa Anita Ave. beginning at 4:00PM today. Residents will not be able to return before 4:00PM. All residents in the area are advised to be on alert as spot fires and uncertain weather conditions have the potential to change fire conditions.

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. 

There are many hazards that may exist when returning to your home after a wildfire. These hazards can include fire ash, damaged utilities, 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.

Fire crews worked overnight to protect the foothill neighborhoods of Arcadia. The Bobcat Fire 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 through the Angeles National Forest along with spotting in nearby canyons. No structures in Arcadia have been impacted. The fire has grown to over 44,000 acres and is 3% contained.

The Arcadia Fire Department will continue to monitor the situation and will provide updates as conditions change. The City of Arcadia, our first responders, and emergency operations personnel thanks our community for their patience and support.


***Update as of 9/16/2020 @ 9:55 AM***

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. The fire has grown to over 41,000 acres and is 3% contained.

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.

The Arcadia Fire Department, in coordination with Bobcat Fire Unified Command, are meeting multiple times a day to assess conditions and will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates to the community. We are working hard to get everyone back home as soon as possible; however, for your safety, residents in the affected area advised to remain away from the evacuation zone. An update on the status of evacuations is expected later this afternoon.
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***Update as of 9/15/2020 @ 10:05 PM***

Multiple strike teams continue to work in the north end of the City throughout the night. Moderate fire activity remains behind Wilderness Park and adjacent to homes. We are working diligently with partnering agencies, such as Edison, to ensure that all hazards and unsafe fire conditions are mitigated so that Arcadians can confidently return home as soon as possible. No structures or homes have been damaged by the fire. We understand that this is a difficult situation for our community.

A mandatory evacuation order is still in effect for all residents north of Elkins Ave. and east of Santa Anita Ave. Residents north of Foothill Ave., south of Elkins Ave., and East of Santa Anita Ave. remain under an evacuation warning until further notice.


***Update as of 9/15/2020 @ 5:05 PM***




***Update as of 9/15/2020 @ 9:37 AM***

For those community members who were unable to logon to the Zoom community meeting, the Bobcat Fire Unified Command is working on closed-captioning and will provide a link to the video as soon as it becomes available.

The Bobcat Fire 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. 

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.

Unhealthy air quality continues today. Residents are encouraged to remain indoors, avoid physical activity, and to use your air conditioning or air purifier. 

A mandatory evacuation order is still in effect for all residents north of Elkins Ave. and east of Santa Anita Ave. Residents north of Foothill Ave., south of Elkins Ave., and East of Santa Anita Ave. remain under an evacuation warning until further notice.

The Arcadia Fire Department, in coordination with Bobcat Fire Unified Command, will meet later this morning to assess conditions and will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates to the community. For your safety, residents in the affected area advised to remain away from the evacuation zone.

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***Update as of 9/15/2020 @ 9:04 AM***




***Update as of 9/14/2020 @ 3:09 PM***

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.

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 Bobcat Fire Unified Command, are meeting daily to assess conditions and will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates to the community. For your safety, residents in the affected area advised to remain away from the evacuation zone.

Residents are advised to evacuate the area using Santa Anita Ave. A Red Cross Evacuation Center has been established at Santa Anita Race Track, located at 285 W. Huntington Drive, Arcadia, CA, 91007. Residents are advised to enter through Gate 5.

The Arcadia Police Department will continue to provide routine patrols within the mandatory evacuation area. Elderly, disabled, and high-risk residents who require evacuation assistance are advised to dial 9-1-1.

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Fire crews worked overnight and today to protect the foothill neighborhoods of Arcadia. The Bobcat Fire 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. The fire has grown to over 36,000 acres and is 6% contained.


***Update as of 9/14/2020 @ 9:39 AM***

Fire crews worked overnight to protect the foothill neighborhoods of Arcadia. The Bobcat Fire 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. No structures in Arcadia have been impacted. The fire has grown to over 36,000 acres and is 6% contained.

The mandatory evacuation order for all residents north of Elkins Ave. and east of Santa Anita Ave. in the City of Arcadia is 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.

Residents in the affected areas advised to evacuate the area using Santa Anita Ave. A Red Cross Evacuation Center has been established at Santa Anita Race Track, located at 285 W. Huntington Drive, Arcadia, CA, 91007. Residents are advised to enter through Gate 5.

The Arcadia Police Department will continue to provide routine patrols within the mandatory evacuation area. Elderly, disabled, and high-risk residents who require evacuation assistance are advised to dial 9-1-1.

The Angeles National Forest will be hosting a virtual public meeting via Zoom on today, Monday, September 14, 2020, at 6:30 PM. Representatives from agencies fighting the Bobcat Fire will be available to provide an update.

Join us online at:
http://usfs.zoomgov.com/J/1609926478
Meeting ID: 160-992-6478
Dial-In: (669) 254-5252

Latest Fire Map

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***Update as of 9/13/2020 @ 3:49 PM***

The mandatory evacuation order for all 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.

Residents are advised to evacuate the area using Santa Anita Ave. A Red Cross Evacuation Center has been established at Santa Anita Race Track, located at 285 W. Huntington Drive, Arcadia, CA, 91007. Residents are advised to enter through Gate 5.

The Arcadia Police Department will continue to provide routine patrols within the mandatory evacuation area, and elderly, disabled, and high-risk residents who require evacuation assistance are advised to dial 9-1-1.

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


***Update as of 9/13/2020 @ 3:15 PM***

The Angeles National Forest will be hosting a virtual public meeting via Zoom on Monday, September 14, 2020, at 6:30 PM. Representatives from agencies fighting the Bobcat Fire will be available to provide an update. 

Join us online at: 
http://usfs.zoomgov.com/J/1609926478
Meeting ID: 160-992-6478
Dial-In: (669) 254-5252


***Update as of 9/13/2020 @ 9:49 AM***

EVACUATION ORDER


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.

Evacuation Map 

List of Streets within Evacuation Zone

Angelo Place
Canyon Road
Carolwood 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
Vista Ave
Wilson Ave

A Red Cross Evacuation Center has been established at Santa Anita Race Track, located at 285 W. Huntington Drive, Arcadia, CA, 91007. Residents are advised to enter through Gate 5. To find out more information regarding the Evacuation Center, please call 1-800-RED-CROSS (733-2767).

For elderly, disabled, and high-risk risk residents who need evacuation assistance, please dial 9-1-1.

Fire Progression Visualization as of 9/13/2020 @ 5:00 AM - Unofficial

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***Update as of 9/12/2020 @ 7:36 PM***

The Bobcat Fire has grown to over 29,000 acres and is still at 6% containment. 

Fire crews saw heavy fire activity in the north and south ends of the Bobcat Fire today. On the south end, the fire reached Santa Anita Canyon near Chantry Flat where fire activity will remain high overnight. Priorities remain to hold containment lines and protect the foothill communities as the fire continues to progress south. On the northeast end of the fire, near the intersection of Highway 2 and Highway 39, crews used strategic firing operations to keep the fire south of Hwy 2 and west of Hwy 39. Both the eastern and western ends of the fire remain moderated by the Ranch2 and Station Fire burn scars allowing for lesser fuel loads. This fire has mainly been driven by steep terrain and dry fuels, some of which have not seen fire activity in at least 60 years. As smoke lifted, aircraft operations were able to monitor growth and make water drops. Tonight, smoke and flame will remain visible to surrounding communities as fire activity remains in the south.

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. An Evacuation Order has been issued for Camp Williams.


***Update as of 9/12/2020 @ 6:16 PM***

The Bobcat Fire continues to burn in the Angeles National Forest. Flames will be visible in the hills above Arcadia this evening. There is no change to our current status as a warning at this time.

Personnel will continue to be on the fire line throughout the evening. Continue to monitor the City's website and Twitter @ProtectArcadia for the latest fire information.
***Update as of 9/12/2020 @ 10:46 AM***

Fire crews will continue to focus on increasing containment lines along the south end of the fire to protect the foothill communities. Throughout the day, heavy fire activity will continue to be seen on both the south and north ends. The eastern portion of the fire is burning downhill and entering into a burn scar from the Ranch2 Fire, creating less intense fire behavior for firefighters. Much of the western side of the fire is entering an old burn scar as well, which reduces the rate of spread. Steep terrain and dry fuels, some of which haven’t burned in the last 60 years, will create challenges for crews. Local fire departments will continue to conduct structure protection within the foothill communities. Crews will also be working on the north end to keep the fire south of Highway 2 and west of Highway 39.

Click here for the latest Bobcat fire map.

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.

A hotline has been established at (626) 574-5463 for the most current and up-to-date information regarding the fire’s impact on Arcadia.

For the latest information on the Bobcat Fire, please visit: 

City Website: ArcadiaCA.gov/Bobcat
Twitter: @ProtectArcadia
Nixle: Text zip code to 888777
AlertArcadia (Reverse 9-1-1): ArcadiaCA.gov/Alert to sign up.
National Forest Service: (626) 574-5208


***Update as of 9/11/2020 @ 8:50 PM***

Fire crews saw the most activity in the north and south ends of the fire. The priority remains to strengthen containment lines and halt forward progression of the fire as it makes its way south towards the foothill communities. Additionally, crews are trying to hold the fire north of Hwy 39, while monitoring for spot fires. Both 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. Smoke hindered growth today by keeping temperatures down. Night operations will continue to patrol the perimeter of the fire across Angeles Crest Highway 2 and State Route 39, as priorities remain to keep infrastructure to the south safe and maintaining the fire to the south and west. Aviation resources arrived later in the day to assist with suppression efforts. Firefighter and overhead resources on this fire remain valuable due to the ongoing wildfires across the state.

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.


***Update as of 9/11/2020 @ 9:53 AM***

The Bobact fire has grown to nearly 24,000 acres and is 6% contained. Fire crews will continue to focus on increasing containment lines along the south end of the fire as smoke lifts. Throughout the day, heavy fire activity will continue to be seen on the south end. More fire activity is expected in the north side of the fire where crews will work to contain it at Angeles Crest Highway 2. The eastern portion of the fire is entering into a burn scar from the Ranch2 Fire creating less intense fire behavior for firefighters. Heavy fuels in the west end of the fire are also expected push the fire into an old burn scar. Steep terrain and dry fuels, some of which haven’t burned in the last 60 years, will create challenges for crews. Fire crews will also 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.

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.

***Update as of 9/10/2020 @ 8:45 PM***

Fire crews focused on maintaining protection on the south end of the Bobcat fire as winds pushed the fire northeast today. Two LA County Blackhawks are currently flying working perimeter control in the southwest portion of the fire. A containment of 6% was attained near the eastern edge of the fire where there is a burn scar from the recent Ranch2 Fire creating less intense fire behavior for fire crews. 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 to slow the progression of the fire. Local fire departments will continue to conduct structure protection planning and triage efforts within the foothill communities. Similar to today, poor air quality due to smoke cover will continue into tomorrow.

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.


***Update as of 9/10/2020 @ 7:27 PM***

Effective immediately, the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region will close the temporary evacuation point at Santa Anita Park (285 W Huntington Dr. Arcadia, CA 91007) and will continue providing assistance virtually to those impacted by the Bobcat Fire.

The Red Cross will continue to monitor the situation and has teams on standby to reopen the evacuation site, if needed. Click here to read a copy of the full press release.


***Update as of 9/10/2020 @ 1:05 PM***


The Bobcat fire has continued to grow in size to 23,890 acres, moving in a northeasterly direction away from Arcadia, with 0% containment.  Over 530 Firefighting personnel are continuing to aggressively attack the fire.  Smoke and ash can be seen miles away from the many active fires throughout the region.  

The City of Arcadia has lifted our voluntary evacuation notice, but to be clear, Arcadia residents who live east of Santa Anita Ave. and north of Foothill Blvd. are to remain in Evacuation WARNING status, meaning residents should have evacuation plans in place, their emergency evacuation supplies organized, and their essential personal belongings easily accessible should fire conditions change.  Vehicles should be fully fueled, facing out in the driveways, and ready to leave.

The Red Cross evacuation center at Santa Anita Park, located at 285 W. Huntington Dr. inside of Gate 5 will continue to remain open until they receive word from LA County fire to close.  For additional information regarding evacuation centers, please contact the Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

The City of Arcadia and the Arcadia Fire Department will continue to monitor the Bobcat Fire and will keep the community informed.

Please continue to visit us at:

City Website: ArcadiaCA.gov/Bobcat
Twitter: @ProtectArcadia
Arcadia Bobcat Fire Hotline (626) 574-5463
National Forest Service Hotline: (626) 574-5208

To sign up for emergency alerts and notifications, please go to the following:

Nixle: Text your zip code to 888777
AlertArcadia: ArcadiaCA.gov/Alert to sign up


***Update as of 9/9/2020 @ 4:51 PM***

Voluntary evacuations lifted for residents north of Foothill Blvd. and east of Santa Anita Ave. 

The Bobcat Fire has generally progressed away from the City of Arcadia.  The current weather forecast suggests that Santa Ana winds will dissipate this evening and the Red Flag Warning will be removed after 8:00 p.m.

Based on these factors, the City of Arcadia is removing the recommendation for residents to evacuate.  However, residents are advised to remain on alert for any changes to weather conditions that may affect the fire.  Evacuations may be necessary for your safety if conditions change.

The Bobcat Fire has burned nearly 12,000 acres and is 0% contained. Smoke, ash, and other particulate matter remains high and air quality is extremely poor. Residents in poor health, children, and older adults are encouraged to remain indoors until conditions improve.

The City of Arcadia and the Arcadia Fire Department will continue to monitor the Bobcat Fire and will keep the community informed. Please continue to visit us as at:

City Website: ArcadiaCA.gov/Bobcat
Twitter: @ProtectArcadia
Arcadia Bobcat Fire Hotline (626) 574-5463
National Forest Service Hotline: (626) 574-5208

To sign up for emergency alerts and notifications, please:
Nixle: Text zip code to 888777
AlertArcadia (Reverse 9-1-1): ArcadiaCA.gov/Alert to sign up.


***Update as of 9/9/2020 @ 1:09 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 and residents should remain vigilant.

For residents who are concerned about the fire and smoke, the Red Cross has set up an evacuation center at Santa Anita Park, located at 285 W. Huntington Dr. inside of Gate 5.  For additional information regarding evacuation centers, please contact the Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Residents seeking assistance with their pets should contact the Pasadena Humane Society at (626) 792-7151, extension 281.  Additional information is available on their website at www.helpingpaws@pasadenahumane.org

 We encourage our residents and businesses to stay informed and be prepared.  The City of Arcadia will continue to monitor the Bobcat fire and keep our community informed.  A hotline has been established at (626) 574-5463 for the most current and up-to-date information regarding the fire’s impact on Arcadia.


***Update as of 9/8/2020 @ 8:58PM***

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. Partnerships have been established with local businesses to make sure every resident has safe lodging and food. 

To find out more information regarding the evacuation centers, please call 1-800-RED-CROSS (733-2767).


***Update as of 9/8/2020 @ 7:52PM***

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 as current forecasts anticipate strong winds during the overnight hours, between 8:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m.


Although there is no immediate threat of fire to Arcadia residences at this time, predictive modeling of both the weather and the Bobcat Fire suggests that circumstances could become more concerning overnight. Affected residents in the voluntary evacuation area may want to consider relocating for the evening to a family member’s house, hotel, or other temporary living arrangements if possible.

The City of Arcadia is continuing to monitor the situation and will notify residents of a mandatory evacuation if conditions change. The City of Arcadia Emergency Operations Center has been activated at its lowest level. The City Manager has issued a Declaration of Local Emergency paving the way for the City to enact emergency provisions in response to the fire in order to save lives and protect property.

A hotline has been established at (626) 574-5463 for the most current and up-to-date information regarding the fire’s impact on Arcadia.

***Update as of 9/8/2020 @ 4:13PM***


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.

The City of Arcadia and the Arcadia Fire Department are actively monitoring the situation. Santa Ana Winds and high heat are forecast throughout the evening, creating a potential for shifting fire patterns that may threaten homes in the City’s urban-wildland interface.

Residents should make evacuation plans now, including overnight accommodations. Evacuation sites for those displaced are being prepared—more information will follow should an Evacuation Order be issued.


***Update as of 9/8/2020 @ 11:43AM***


The Bobcat Fire has consumed over 8,500 acres and is currently burning north and east. The US Forest Service has indicated there is currently zero percent containment. The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for a Santa Ana wind event, with the potential for driving the fire west towards Arcadia.

Evacuations have not been ordered for Arcadia, but residents along the urban-wildland interface are encouraged to have an evacuation plan and prepare a “Ready, Set, Go” Bag in the event that evacuations are ordered.

For regular updates regarding the Bobcat Fire residents can visit:

City Website: ArcadiaCA.gov/Bobcat
Twitter: @ProtectArcadia
Nixle: Text zip code to 888777
AlertArcadia (Reverse 9-1-1): ArcadiaCA.gov/Alert to sign up.
National Forest Service: (626) 574-5208


***Update as of 9/7/2020 @ 4:03PM***
The Bobcat Fire continues to burn above Monrovia at Monrovia Peak. As of 7 a.m., the fire has consumed over 4,800 acres of Angeles National Forest. The US Forest Service has indicated there is currently zero percent containment. The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning for a potential Santa Ana wind event through 10 p.m. on Monday night. 

The City of Arcadia and the Arcadia Fire Department are currently monitoring the situation.  The City is requesting all residents to continue to prepare for potential evacuations by doing the following: 

  • Prepare your “Ready, Set, Go” Bag and ensure you have all necessary belongings.
  • Have a planned location to stay in the chance the evacuation lasts several days.  
Review the Statewide Evacuation Terminology shown below:

  1. Evacuation Order – Immediate threat to life. This is a lawful order to leave now. The area is lawfully closed to public access. 
  2. Evacuation Warning – Potential threat to life and/or property. Those who require additional time to evacuate, and those with pets and livestock should leave now. 
  3. Hard Closure – Closed to all traffic except Fire and Law Enforcement 
  4. Resident only Closure – Closure with the additional allowance of residents and local government agencies assisting with response. 

The City is planning for the possibility that the fire breaches the City limits. As such, we are making plans for potential evacuations in the event evacuation is needed. 

The Bobcat Fire is moving in heavy brush, which makes the fire very visible. All residents are encouraged to remain vigilant and on alert. All residents are encouraged to have a plan in place and prepare for the possibility of evacuations.

In addition, we respectfully request residents refrain from calling the Police Department or Fire Department regarding fire updates. Due to preparation efforts, our police and fire personnel are on  alert to diligently serve our community. We ask our community to only call 9-1-1 for an emergency. Should an evacuation effort be mandated, the Arcadia Police Department will coordinate the process and every residence will be contacted individually to ensure safety during the evacuation process. 

For residents knowledgeable of the terrain, the fire is near Deer Park and has been slowly burning toward Monrovia. While the City is not ordering evacuations at this time, every resident - especially those living north of Sycamore Street and east of Santa Anita Boulevard - should prepare for the possibility. 

The City of Arcadia will provide regular updates. Please check back for more information or visit us at ArcadiaCA.gov/Bobcat.

Stay connected, stay informed. Sign up for Nixle Alerts by texting your zipcode to 888777. By creating an account through the link above, you can receive reverse 9-1-1 instructions from public safety during an emergency. Follow us on Twitter @ProtectArcadia

Published: October 30, 2020