ARCADIA EVACUATION ORDERS LIFTED AS OF 9PM WED. 9-9-2020.
UPDATE: Wednesday September 9 | FOREST SERVICE RELEASE
The fire made a big push today, as the offshore winds pushed the fire to the east and crossed Hwy 39.
The fire behavior was very active to extreme with long-range spotting, tree torching, and visible slope runs. The priority of fire operations focused on the southern area of the fire to take advantage of the favorable wind direction and protect the foothill communities.
The main objective was to prepare and strengthen fire lines from completed dozer and handline work. As the day progressed and the dense smoke lifted, two air tankers, including a DC-10, were able to make several drops of fire retardant on the southwest portion of the fire to reinforce and strengthen previously applied fire lines.
Several more resources arrived at the fire late in the day, including a sky crane helicopter and two more hotshot crews. Local fire departments continued with their structure protection planning and triage efforts within the foothill communities. Nighttime operations will continue into the evening to monitor fire behavior and growth.
Firefighting Stats & Deployment
Location of Origin: Angeles National Forest, Azusa, CA
Start date: September 6, 2020
Size: Approximately 19,796 acres Percent Contained: 0% (as if 9-9-2020)
Cause: Under Investigation
Resources Assigned: 652 personnel
Water tenders: 3
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 CanadaFlintridge to Islip Saddle.
All 18 California National Forests are under a Closure Order; this includes the Angeles National Forest. The Forest is closed to all general activity, including developed campgrounds and day-use sites due to wildfire threat. Prohibition of the use of any ignition sources (campfires, gas stoves, etc.).
A temporary flight restriction is in place over the fire area. Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. Visit Know Before You Fly: http://knowbeforeyoufly.org.
Los Angeles County Fire Dept. Arcadia Police/Fire Dept. Los Angeles County OEM. City of Monrovia. City of Bradbury. City of Sierra Madre. City of Arcadia. City of Altadena. City of Duarte. City of Pasadena.
Tuesday 9-8-2020 7pm Emergency Announcement from Supervisor Kathryn Barger: “LA County Evacuation warnings now include Duarte, Bradbury, Monrovia, Pasadena, Altadena, Arcadia, and Sierra Madre. Please be prepared in case of an evacuation and follow guidance from first responders.”
PUBLIC NOTICE: LA FIRE DEPARTMENT CHIEF
The Unified Incident Command of the Angeles National Forest, Los Angeles County Fire Department, Monrovia Fire Department and the LA County Sheriffs Department are directing the residents of Duarte, Bradbury, Monrovia, Arcadia, Sierra Madre, Pasadena and Altadena below the Bobcat Fire to be prepared to evacuate, as there continues to be rapid fire growth. Be advised– this is an Evacuation Warning.
Residents following Ready, Set, Go! should have evacuation plans in place, organize their emergency evacuation supplies, and have essential evacuation personal belongings easily accessible. Vehicles should be fully fueled, facing out in their driveways and ready to Go!
When Incident Command and Law Enforcement decide to issue an Evacuation Order, residents should be able to quickly gather their families and pets and leave the area to designated evacuation sites, or to family and friends’ homes outside the fire area. Please make those arrangements now. Delaying these preparedness act ions will prevent fire crews from suppression activities and compromise the safety of the public and first responders.
Those with large animals, horses and cattle, should begin to move those animals now. Do not wait until the Evacuation Order to begin to move them out of the area. Accommodations are being made for animals at the Pomona Fairgrounds and Santa Anita Racetrack (limited capacity).
Evacuation sites for those who could be displaced are being prepared– more information will follow should an Evacuation Order be implemented.
Visit Ready Set Go! fire.lacounty.gov/rsg/
- lnciweb: inciweb.nwcg.gov, search “bobcat”
- Angeles National Forest Facebook page: @angelesnationalforest
- Angeles Twitter page: @angeles_NF