Weather Alert

Fires Continue North Of Fresno, North Of Yucaipa, Near Pasadena, Northwest Of Palm Springs

As of 5  a-m Monday  Sept 21st 2020

 

The Creek Fire burning northeast of Fresno has burned 278,368 acres and is only 27% contained.  Full containment is expected by October 15th.

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The Bobcat Fire in the San Gabriel Valley Foothills near Pasadena, Arcadia, Duarte, Altadena, has grown to 103,135 acres, and is 15% contained.

1,718 firefighters are on the scene. The U S Forest Service says it has a critical need for more resources.

 

Evacuation Orders:

– 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. (Clear)

 

Evacuation Warnings:

– 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.

– 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.

– South of Mt.  Emma Rd., North of Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Rd., East of Angeles Forest Highway, and West of Pacifico Mountain.

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.

 

Fire will continue to spread from the foothills into communities of Juniper Hills, Valyermo and Big Pine. Wind-driven fire spread downslope with spotting and rapid growth threatening structures. Community of Littlerock and Wrightwood will be impacted soon. On the east side, fire continues to threaten containment lines north of the Ranch 2 fire and threatens the Hwy 39 corridor. Very poor humidity recovery, especially in higher elevation, and warm overnight temperatures will allow the fire to burn actively through the night. Fire activity on the eastside of Mt. Wilson Observatory is threatening all of the values on that peak.

 

The Bobcat Fire erupted on Sept. 6 near the Cogswell Dam and West Fork

Day Use area northeast of Mount Wilson and within the Angeles National

Forest. The cause remains under investigation.

 

Full containment of the Bobcat Fire  is estimated on  October 30th, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

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The El Dorado Fire has burned 22,576 acres north of Yucaipa and is 59% contained. 1,190 firefighters are battling the fire.

 

The El Dorado’s Fire behavior has moderated however, critically dry fuels still exist, and spot fires continue to occur. A large rock and debris slide has caused the closure of Highway 38 between mile marker 16 and 17.

Caltrans will attempt to clear the slide on Monday September 21st 2020.

The fire is burning along the highway on the slopes to the south of Angelus Oaks, and down the north aspect slopes to Highway 38.

Fuels remain critically dry and receptive to spot fires. Containment lines remain at risk due to hot rolling material along the Hwy 38 corridor.

The Oak Glen, Yucaipa, Banning, and Beaumont portions of the fire have moved into patrol status.

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. Prior to the fire, Southern California was experiencing a series of heat waves. On the day of the fire, there was record breaking temperatures across the region. Due to the dry conditions and grass covered hills, the fire spread rapidly onto Forest Lands in the San Bernardino National Forest. With a record number of fires throughout California, fire resources were limited. With high temperatures and dry vegetation, the public is encouraged to be more vigilant and cautious when recreating near public lands and open spaces. Residents should evaluate their properties for defensible space and ensure they have adequate hazard reduction.

Road Closures:

Highway 38 is closed between Bryant St. to the south and Onyx Summit to the north. Residents of Forest Falls and Mountain Home Village are allowed into their residence with proper identification.  All residents waiting to return home:  we ask for your continued patience. We are re-evaluating repopulation daily with CHP, and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

The utility companies, and CalTrans continue repairing critical infrastructure. Please be cautious and aware of crews working in the area

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

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A fire in the Snow Creek area west of Palm Springs has burned 6-thousand-13 acres and is 38% 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.

 

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


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