Bobcat Fire Spreads; Crews Gaining Ground On El Dorado And Snow Fires
The Creek Fire burning northeast of Fresno has burned 283,724 acres and is 30% contained. 3,171 firefighters are battling the fire.
Full containment is expected by Thursday October 15th.
The Bobcat Fire in the San Gabriel Valley Foothills near Pasadena, Arcadia, Duarte, and Altadena, and into the Holcomb Ridge and Pinyon Ridge areas, east of Palmdale, has grown to 109,271 acres, and is 17% contained. Full containment is expected on Friday October 30th 2020
1,513 firefighters are on the scene. The U S Forest Service says it has a critical need for more resources.
The Bobcat Fire started on September 6th at 12:21 PM. The fire is located near the Cogswell Dam and West Fork Day Use area. The fire is burning in heavy fuels with a rapid rate of spread.
Monday Sept 21st
Monday, 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. A virtual community meeting was held today and can be seen at: bit.ly/3iQy9zp
Sunday Sept 20th
Sunday afternoon the fire west of Mt. Wilson made a northerly push towards Highway 2, firefighters were able to keep this in check. The north end towards the Antelope Valley continued to grow to both the west and east. The fire remains relatively quiet along the Highway 39 corridor and along the south side.
Overall, slightly cooler conditions occurred across the incident today. Southern winds, gusting up to 20-30 MPH, prevailed at the ridges. For tonight and Tuesday, little noticeable change is anticipated
across the incident with respect to warm and dry temperatures and low humidity.
– South and West of Upper Big Tujunga.
– East of Angeles Forest Hwy.
– North of Angeles Crest Hwy.
– Residences along Angeles Crest Highway, between Angeles Forest Highway and Highway 39.
– The unincorporated areas of Juniper Hills, Devils Punch Bowl, and Paradise Springs.
– The unincorporated areas of Crystal Lake, East Fork of the San Gabriel River, and Camp Williams.
– South of Hwy 138, North of Big Rock Creek, East of 87th St East, and West of Largo Vista Rd.
– South of 138th St. East, North of Big Pine Hwy and Hwy 2, East of Largo Vista Rd., and West of 263rd St. East.
– South of Hwy 138, North of East Ave W-14, East of 155th St East, and West of 165th St. East.
– City of Pasadena
– Unincorporated communities of Altadena and Wrightwood.
– South of Pearblossom Hwy, East and North of Angeles Forest Hwy, North and West of Mt. Emma Rd., East and South of Hwy 122, and West of Cheseboro Rd.
– South of Hwy 2, North of Blue Ridge Truck Trail, East of Hwy 39, and West of the Los Angeles Co. border.
– South of Ave U-8, North of East Ave W-14, East of 121st East, and West of 155th St East. (Longview)
– South of Pearblossom Hwy (Hwy 138), South and East of Pearblossom Hwy (Hwy 122), North and West of Mt. Emma Rd., North and East of Angeles Forest Hwy, and West of Cheseboro Rd. (Emma)
– South of Mt. Emma Rd., North of Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Rd., East of Angeles Forest Highway, and West of Pacifico Mountain
– Littlerock: East of Cheseboro Road, South of Pearblossom Hwy, North of Weber Ranch Rd, West of 87th St E.
For ongoing evacuation alerts, visit: LA County Sheriff’s Dept. Twitter @LASHQ or inciweb.nwcg.gov.
A Red Cross Evacuation Center has been established at Palmdale High School, located at 2137 E Avenue R, Palmdale, 93550. The first evacuation point at Santa Anita Park is now closed and anyone still needing assistance can call the Disaster Distress Hotline at 800-675-5799. Accommodations for large animals is available at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds at 2551 W Avenue H, Lancaster, CA 93536.
The El Dorado Fire has burned 22,588 acres north of Yucaipa and is 60% contained. 961 firefighters are battling the fire.
The El Dorado Fire started on September 5, 2020, in El Dorado Park located in the Yucaipa/Oak Glen area of Southern California, which is managed by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, CAL FIRE.
Evacuation Orders remain in effect for residents from Angelus Oaks up to Onyx Summit. Residents of Mountain Home Village and Forest Falls have been allowed to return but, remain under an evacuation warning. There is NO evacuation directive for Big Bear residents AT THIS TIME. Please monitor official sources for any changes: San Bernardino National Forest, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, the CAL FIRE San Bernardino Unit and San Bernardino County Fire.
Residents as you return home, please keep in mind that there will be firefighting personnel, heavy equipment and other cooperators working in the area and be aware of existing hazards. Please drive with EXTREME caution. Slow down, do not tailgate, obey all traffic laws and expect possible traffic delays.
Residences: 4 destroyed and 2 damaged; Minor structures/outbuildings: 6 destroyed, and 4 damaged.
The Snow Fire in the Snow Creek area northwest of Palm Springs has burned 6-thousand-13 acres and is 52% contained.
The Snow Fire started around 2:40 Thursday afternoon September 17th 2020, when a work truck caught fire, and the flames spread to nearby brush.
All Evacuation Orders for the Snow Creek Village and the Evacuation Warning for the Windy Point Community near Overture Drive have been lifted.
More than 2-hundred firefighters are battling the fire from the ground and air.
Photo from U S Forest Service, and Inciweb