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Bobcat Fire-- Evacuation Warning to be Lifted for the Duarte Mesa at 4 PM September 19

September 19, 12:45 p.m.
Evacuation Status: None (After 4 PM on 9/19/2020)
Probability of Evacuations within the next 12 hours: Very Unlikely
Size: Approximately 91,017 acres 
Percent Contained: 15% 
Resources Assigned: 1,663 personnel Engines: 215 Handcrews: 29 Helicopters: 6 Dozers: 16 Water tenders: 8 
CLOSURES: Road Closures: - All roads leading into San Gabriel Canyon are closed. - Hwy 39 is closed north of Azusa to SR 2. - SR 2 is closed between Upper Big Tujunga Rd to Big Pines. - Upper Big Tujunga Road is closed between SR 2 and Angeles Forest Highway. - Chantry Flat Road is closed. - Mt Wilson Road is closed from SR 2 to Mt Wilson. - New road closures are being established in the Juniper Hills area.  

Evacuation Warnings will be lifted for the cities of Sierra Madre, Arcadia, Monrovia, Bradbury and Duarte at 4 p.m. today. It is very important to be alert for any additional evacuation orders or warnings that might take place today due to forecasted gusty winds. Winds will continue to be very strong and forecasted with gusts of up to 25 mph in the northern portion of the fire.

Yesterday the fire made significant wind-driven runs and impacted the communities of Juniper Hills, Valyermo, and Big Rock Springs. Numerous evacuation orders and warnings were issued. These winds luckily did not affect the areas of the fire near Duarte. 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, 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. Today, Duarte residents could expect to see columns of smoke today from that continued operation. 

Evacuation Orders: - North of Angeles Crest North and between Clear Creek Station and Hwy 39.. - Including the area East of Devils Punch Bowl Rd, South of the Big Pines Hwy, North of the Big Rock Creek, and West of Jackson Lake. -Aqueduct - South of Pearblossom Hwy (SR138), North of Big Pines, East of 165th and West of Largo Vista Rd -Ward- North of Fort Tejon Rd, South of Avenue V, East of 87th E., West of 121 St E. -Longview-South of Avenue 12, North of Aqueduct, West of 165 St E and East of 121 St E. -Tejon - South of Fort Tejon Rd, North of Cooley Place, East of 89th St. E. and West of Longview Rd. -Peach - North of Pallett Creek, South of W. 114th St., East of Longview Rd and West of 165th St. - Cima Block - 96th east to 116th St. E/Fort Tejon Rd south to SR 2 -Juniper Block- 116th E to Devis Punchbowl Rd / Fort Tejor Rd to SR 2 -Punchbowl Block - Devils Punchbowl Rd to and including Fenner Camp -Paradise Block - Fenner Camp to intersection of SR 2 and Big Pines -Chilao, the CalTrans Yard, the 3 Points area and the Angeles Crest Christian Camp were all issued Evacuation Orders Crystal Lake area remains under Evacuation Order.  

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 closed and anyone still needing assistance can call the Disaster Distress Hotline at 800-675-5799. The Red Cross is committed to helping all those affected by the Bobcat Fire and evacuation orders.
Duarte Evacuation Warning
The Unified Incident Command Teams of the Angeles National Forest Service and the Los Angeles County Fire Department are directing residents in the foothills area below the Bobcat Fire, including the Duarte Mesa, to be prepared to evacuate, as there continues to be rapid fire growth. The Duarte Mesa is the area off of Mt. Olive north of Woodlyn Lane in Bradbury. Be advised-- this is an Evacuation Warning. 

Residents following Ready, Set, Go! should have evacuation plans in place, organized 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 actions will prevent fire crews from suppression activities and compromise the safety of the public and first responders.  

If an Evacuation Order is issued, the City will assist by coordinating the evacuation in two phases.

  • The First Phase will be all residents in the Mesa area off of Mt. Olive, north of Woodlyn Drive in Bradbury.
  • The Second Phase will be all residents in the Red Tops area, north of Sunnydale Drive and west of Las Lomas.

Residents will be notified of the evacuation order by the emergency alert system. Additionally, the Angeles National Forest, Los Angeles County Fire Department, and Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department will be notifying residents in the affected neighborhoods ordered to evacuate. The City will continue to provide updated information on the City's website, social media, and Nixle.

Those with large animals, horse and cattle, should begin to move those animals now. Do not wait until the Evacuation Order to begin moving them out of the area. Accommodations are being made for animals at the Pomona Fairgrounds. Wonder Dog Ranch in Monrovia may be able to board your domestic pets: Wonder Dog Ranch Emergency Boarding Information.

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Fire Information:


The Bobcat Fire is burning in Angeles National Forest near Bradbury, Duarte, and Monrovia. An Evacuation Warning is in effect for parts of these cities. GET SET for potential evacuation orders. Make ready your preparations; gather loved ones and supplies. For the latest information, monitor local news, social media, and