South Pasadena firefighters are going from one major blaze to the next.
After being sent to the El Dorado wildfire in Yucaipa about 10 days ago, SPDS Captain Dan Dunn, Division Chief Chris Szenczi, Firefighter/Paramedic Jonathan Nugent and Firefighter/Paramedic Luis Vasquez on Sunday were redeployed to the Bobcat Fire in the San Gabriel Mountain foothills.
Fire officials raced to protect the Mount Wilson Observatory as containment was only 3% at the Bobcat Fire, where evacuation orders remain in place in parts of Sierra Madre and Arcadia. The foothill communities of Monrovia, Bradbury, Altadena, Duarte and Pasadena are also on high alert.
Crews are working around the clock to protect the infrastructure around Mount Wilson. The Bobcat blaze has scorched more than 50,000 acres, according to the Angeles National Forest Service.
The El Dorado Fire, which started during a gender reveal event, continues to rage though the San Bernardino Mountains, as evacuation orders have been ordered in the community of Angelus Oaks. The fire has burned more than 16,490 acres and, as of Tuesday, is 53% contained and threatening to approximately 16,000 structures, according to San Bernardino National Forest officials.
The team of South Pasadena firefighters have been assigned to structure protection in the Monrovia and Arcadia areas as they work on the Bobcat Fire. “The crew is working 24 hours on and then they get 12 hours off,” explained South Pasadena Fire Chief Paul Riddle. “We are hopeful the weather keeps cooperating and they can get containment on the fire without any loss of homes.”