Review the Statewide Evacuation Terminology shown below -. Residents should make evacuation plans now, including overnight accommodations. Fire has grown to over 36,000 acres & is 6% contained. I am so proud to be a Monrovian. They want the fire to come to them where they are ready to engage. Update - Thursday, September 10 at 8:47 p.m. An Evacuation Warning remains in effect for those who reside on the Evacuation Map. In the north, firefighters actively engaged in suppressing a 500-1,000 acre spot fire that crossed Hwy 2. The original estimated containment date of October 15 has been pushed back to October 30. This link leads to an external site which may provide additional information. As a reminder, the Evacuation Warning remains in effect. Update - Wednesday, September 9 at 5:50 p.m. Crews today will be focused on protecting foothills communities and Mt. In the past couple of days, the foothill cities including Monrovia have been discussing when the appropriate time would be to lift the Evacuation Warnings. Firefighting crews have spent a considerable amount of time building defensive lines on the western and southern edges of the fire, which is located directly above Monrovia. This combined with humidities lowering into the single digits will bring the potential for critical fire weather conditions to this area during the period Recent Articles October 5,2020 Bobcat Fire update News - 10/5/2020 When Incident Command decides to issue an Evacuation Order, residents must leave. The Monrovia area will experience heavy smoke impacts. A smoke advisory is in effect for parts of the county. The Information Center at the Monrovia Community Center will be closed tonight, but phone lines will remain open. One major area of concern is the southwest section of the fire which pushed hard to the Santa Anita Wash. The fire has burned more acres than the Woolsey Fire of 2018, which scorched 96,271 acres. Tonight, with the fire slowly burning down Spanish Canyon towards the Monrovia Canyon Park, the priority will remain to protect the communities south of the fire by continuing strategic firing operations and utilizing fixed wing aircraft. It is also adding stress to neighbors/residents who are already stressed. As you all know, we had to pivot this evening when reports of vehicles blocking traffic in residential neighborhoods created public safety concerns, roadblocks, and even delayed fire engines from reaching intended destination. Active Fire Data. With the lack of wind, the fire will move at a slower pace, allowing for ground and air support to be able to continue to fight the fire. Today’s fire behavior is expected to mainly consist of smoldering where heat exists within existing footprint. The Department of Forestry and Fire Protection cannot attest to the accuracy of a non-CAL FIRE site. The Bobcat Fire broke out a little after noon on Sept. 6 amid triple-digit temperatures near the Cogswell Dam and the West Fork Day Use area. The Incident Management Team remains extremely confident their fire tactics are working. Bobcat fire mushrooms, doubling in size in one day in San Gabriel Mountains The Bobcat fire rages above Rincon Fire Station on Highway 39 in the San Gabriel Mountains. The work we all did yesterday ensured that we had 90% of our water quality, quantity and pressure capacity needed to engage the fire. Here are the latest updates on some of the largest fires across the state. The approach to fighting this fire, and the same approach used across our foothill communities, is to build defensible spaces using hand crews, dozer lines and Phos-Chek drops as a perimeter, allowing the fire to slowly back into the perimeter. Update - Monday, September 7 at 8:48 p.m. The Bobcat Fire increased in size slightly overnight — from 113,733 acres to 113,986 acres — and the containment expanded from 39% to 50%, … Notably, we have planned for a wind-driven fire, but we are observing a terrain-driven fire. UPDATED at 1 p.m.: A tweet was just posted on the account for the Angeles National Forest saying the raging Bobcat Fire is within 500 feet of the historic Mt. The fire will grow in size while containment remains at 6%. Fixed wing aircraft will engage the fire and perform fire extinguishing procedures including laying down fire retardant. This will be the last regular update of the night because we are going hunting for a lost wedding gift of a firefighter helping us keep our community safe. Update - Thursday, September 10 at 10:08 a.m. As of today, the evacuation warning remains in effect for Monrovia. The fire continues to move down the hill and while it moves closer to the City boundary, we want to ensure our residents the fire is being monitored closely. Today, fire operations took advantage of the favorable wind direction and focused on the most southern area of the fire, protecting the foothill communities. Similar to today, poor air quality due to smoke cover will continue into tomorrow. Bobcat Fire General Overview As of 3:40 p.m., there remains consensus that an Evacuation Warning remains. Lower Clamshell Trail served as a contingency fire break and access road for hot shot crews working on those portions of fire in northeastern Monrovia. The area will likely burn for several weeks until it is fully extinguished by crews. It is important to note that at this time, there is no immediate threat to Monrovia. As of today, the park facilities (ranger station, cabins, and the Nature Center) are still standing. To find out more information regarding the evacuation center, please call 1-800-RED-CROSS (733-2767). The Monrovia Police Department has established roadblocks throughout the area to discourage visitors from impeding potential evacuation routes. The fire never reached the trail – which was graded – but burn spots did come very close. We are closing this blog now. The First Phase will be all residents residing north of Hillcrest Blvd. These team members will focus on the potential for accelerated erosion and runoff resulting from vegetation loss, as well as, identifying fire-weakened hazard trees. As we move forward into the recovery phase, city staff will coordinate with various agencies to restore the foothills, including the Burned Area Emergency Response Team (BAER). Over the past two days, in Monrovia, the fire made slow runs on the [generally] northern side of Clamshell Trail, which was something we watched very closely. The fire … | (626) 932-5550, Website Design by Granicus - Connecting People and Government. This will be the last regular update of the night, but please know that Monrovia staff will continue to work in the Emergency Operation Center into the night to continue to monitor conditions. If you have questions regarding the Bobcat Fire, you can call 626-256-8246 but we encourage you to seek information on the City’s website. To combat the fire, dozer lines and retardant were put into place and strike teams are assigned to the ridge line to monitor the fire as it slowly burns downhill. The fire moved east and northeast, instead. As we patrolled neighborhoods, it became clear that many of the people causing the traffic were coming in from out of town - some as far as Long Beach and Orange County - to observe and photograph the fire. A recording of tonight's community meeting will be posted as soon as it's available. Staff is installing replacement signage and fencing, where appropriate, but please know that popular trails within the Hillside Wilderness Preserve, including Lower Clamshell Trail, will soon be reopened. Within the City of Monrovia, multiple fire engines are performing work in advance of the fire, should it arrive. Bobcat Fire Morning Update, September 11, 2020 Bobcat Wildfire News – 9/11/2020. Bobcat Fire ‘It’s gone’: 4 months after retiring from SoCal Edison, man loses home in Bobcat Fire and sues utility Local news / 2 weeks ago. Steep terrain and dry fuels, some of which haven’t burned in the last 60 years, will create challenges for crews. Wilson. A containment of 6% was attained near the eastern edge of the fire. The US Forest Service has indicated there is currently zero percent containment. Older adults, young children, pregnant women, and people with heart diseases or lung diseases (such as asthma) may be especially sensitive to health risks from wildfire smoke. Update - Thursday, September 10 at 4:54 p.m. We are urging people to stay out of the Phase 1 Evacuation Area, unless you reside in that area. Evacuation sites for those displaced are being prepared-- more information will follow should an Evacuation Order be issued. Residents can contact the Monrovia Community Center at (626) 256-8246, anytime. If it’s an emergency, please call 911. Please remember, weather and wind conditions can be unpredictable and the fire can kick up incredibly quickly. The smoke hindered growth today by keeping temperatures down. Bobcat Fire. Small particles, which may cause burning eyes, runny nose, scratchy throat, headaches and illness, is the primary health concern with smoke. With the support of Incident Command, we continue to be cautiously optimistic about the progression of the fire and will continue to update you throughout the day. Over the past two weeks, residents are placing many beautiful rocks near the fire station and other city facilities! The Station Fire in 2009 burned 160,577 acres. Those who are seeking additional information can contact the Information and Cooling Center by calling (626) 256-8246 or visiting the Community Center, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. On a positive note, the Friday Night Street Fair and the closure of the 400 Block on Myrtle for outdoor dining will continue tonight after last week’s cancellation. Please continue helping in this effort. Moving forward, you may see an increase in police presence to keep non-residents from entering the area. Popular hiking trails are no longer accessible and debris from high above is already rolling down the hills and landing on park trails. Monrovia Police were dispatched immediately and apprehended one operator (charges, anyone?) This is their community and they are proud to protect it. (Photo by KYLE GRILLOT/AFP via Getty Images) (Getty Images) The Information Center will be closed tonight and reopen tomorrow morning at 7 a.m., but a dedicated line for questions will still be available 24/7. The Monrovia area will experience heavy smoke impacts. Continue to keep conserving and as a reminder, you can help conserve water by doing the following: Please do NOT water your lawns, rooftops, or homes. A temporary evacuation point has been established at the Santa Anita Race Track. The strategic burn operation will continue as weather conditions permit. This will be the last regular update of the night, but please know that Monrovia staff will continue to work in the Emergency Operation Center into the night to continue to monitor conditions. Keep up the excellent work, advocate for water conservation, and we’ll keep pumping it up there! Winds carry ash from Bobcat Fire into L.A. Basin, causing bad air quality Local news / 4 weeks ago Nearly a quarter of the Angeles National Forest burned by SoCal wildfires this year Even when we don't see flames on the hill, the Santa Ana winds can change the fire conditions incredibly quickly. Money Matters: California’s unemployment rate dropped to 11.4% in August. It is important to note that although the fire appears closer as it works its way down the hill, it remains outside of Canyon Park. As weather and wind conditions can be unpredictable, residents located on the Evacuation Map are advised to remain vigilant and ready to evacuate if an Evacuation Order is issued. Please use caution when traveling in the Mt. Update - Tuesday, September 8 at 12:44 p.m. The containment area has not changed, but the fire has increased in acreage lowering the total containment. Vehicles should be fully fueled, facing out in their driveways and ready to Go! Remain indoors with windows and doors closed or seek alternate shelter; Run your air conditioner if you have one. The Bobcat Fire is now at 50,539 acres and is 3% contained. As City staff is dedicated to serving the community and protecting the public during this wildfire, the City is requesting all residents to continue to prepare for potential evacuations by doing the following: The City is planning for the possibility that the fire breaches the City limits. The fire approached the Camp through the drainage area below the Camp and so they focused on protecting and preserving Trask. We will receive another incident briefing tomorrow morning, and we will prepare to send a community update after. Today's main objective continues to be to prepare and strengthen fire lines. The City stores millions of gallons of water which is used during the day and replenished constantly. Accommodations are being made for large animals at the Pomona Fairgrounds or Industry Hills Expo Center. There are portions of the Hillside Wilderness Preserve (HWP) which did burn. Multiple fire engines will be seen in the neighborhood monitoring the conditions. We want to remind everyone that fire can spread quickly and residents should be cognizant that the fire will continue to burn throughout the day and large plumes of smoke will be visible from across the region. NOW: U.S. National Forest officials give update on the Bobcat Fire. On the west and east ends of the fire, firefighters will continue to hold and strengthen the lines protecting both the infrastructure at Mt. As of tonight, the Bobcat Fire has burned approximately 26,368 acres and is 6% contained. The Bobcat Fire increased in size slightly overnight — from 113,733 acres to 113,986 acres — and the containment expanded from 39% to 50%, forest officials said on Thursday. The fire will continue to be visible from the City with plumes of smoke during the day. Firefighting crews have spent a considerable amount of time building defensive lines on the western and southern edges of the fire, which is located directly above Monrovia. As it moves around in the box they’ve created, the fire remains within the Incident Command Team’s control objectives. Traffic up N. Canyon Blvd remains closed to all non-emergency vehicles. In addition, some residents may want to fly drones in the area--this is illegal! In anticipation of more than normal traffic, roadblocks have been established throughout planned evacuation routes and extra police patrols will be evident. A helicopter was sent over the area and assessed that it was too far for the fire crew to gain access and the best approach was to let the brush burn itself out. 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. At 7:00 a.m., this morning, staff received an update on the Bobcat Fire. The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning for a potential Santa Ana wind event through 10 p.m. on Monday night. This is a lawful order to leave now. As these areas burn out, we would like to assure residents that crews are nearby monitoring the situation. However, we are cautiously optimistic that the weather conditions will continue to be in our favor. Water movement. asthma, emphysema and COPD). Those residing in the area on the Evacuation Map should continue to prepare for evacuation and stay informed. photo editorial credit: StratosBril / shutterstock.com(Angeles National Forest, CA) — Full containment is just days away for the Bobcat Fire in the Angeles National Forest. Wilson and Mt. Throughout this period, Monrovia Canyon Park and the Hillside Wilderness Preserve will remain closed indefinitely. Special thanks to MPD for your quick action and readiness…drones would 100% grounded aerial firefighting operations. and when we responded to the reported area of the 2nd drone, it was nowhere to be found. There are 1,285 personnel assigned to the fire, including 142 engines, 24 handcrews, 6 helicopters, 6 aircraft, 8 dozers and 4 water tenders. ensure any damage is corrected. In total, about 278 acres of Monrovia Canyon Park is damaged while much more land area is damaged above the park, but still within the watershed area. The fire continues to be fueled by terrain and not wind, which puts us in a fortunate position. As of 7 a.m., the fire has consumed over 4,800 acres of Angeles National Forest. Wilson and adjacent communities. For those who are seeking additional information, we encourage you to view the City’s website. Wilson and the foothill communities. The firefighters and strike teams will begin engaging the fire at Canyon Park today. #Bobcat Fire Update: No structures in #Arcadia have been impacted. Today’s primary focus remains at keeping the fire from reaching Mt. Wilson and within the Angeles National Forest. The Bobcat fire has burned 60,557 acres of the Angeles National Forest, and is at 15% containment. Here is a list of ways you can help us fight this fire today –. Similar to other forecasts this week, light southwest winds will blow in the morning towards the northeast and then will reverse in the afternoon event. As the Team assesses the fire, conditions and terrain, strike teams, fire engines and even police officers are making contingency plans in case it does get close. The northern portion of the fire has reached up into ridges near Angeles Crest Highway where retardant drops have been made. We decided to contact these homeowners and evacuate them even when it remained unnecessary to issue a citywide Evacuation Order for Phase 1 (1,450 homes) of our Evacuation Plan. The area is lawfully closed to public access. The steep terrain and vast quantities of brush will burn fast and hot, making the flames large! "At the 'Resident Only' roadblock, drivers were stopped and asked where they live. City Police and Fire Departments will be patrolling our neighborhoods. Along the eastern edge of the Bobcat Fire, there is an active fire pushing up and over the ridgeline near the northeastern corner of Spanish Canyon. Wilson prepares for the worst as Bobcat fire looms on horizon Forest Service authorities had previously estimated the fire would be contained by Oct. 15 but on Monday pushed that date to … Be prepared in the event an Evacuation Order is issued. If it’s an emergency, please dial 911. Please know that as long as there is unburned brush, these flare ups will continue to happen for some time. Get breaking news alerts in the FOX 11 News app. In addition to the lifted Evacuation Warning, the City of Monrovia has withdrawn from Unified Command, but will continue to assist and support in any way possible. Residents should have evacuation plans in place, organize their emergency evacuation supplies and have essential evacuation personal belongings easily accessible. If you haven't seen them already, helicopters and air support are on scene and fighting the fire from the air. Because Arcadia issued an Evacuation Order for certain areas, the American Red Cross - Los Angeles Region has re-opened its evacuation point at Santa Anita Park (285 West Huntington Dr., Arcadia, CA 91007) for those affected by the Bobcat Fire. As of 9 a.m., the Bobcat Fire has burned approximately 26,368 acres and is 6% contained. There are currently 888 personnel assigned to the fire, including 78 engines, 17 handcrews, 5 helicopters, 4 aircraft, 8 dozers and 5 water tenders. Residents are encouraged to remain prepared and alert as the Red Flag Warning is still in effect until 8 p.m. tonight. There are currently 888 fire personnel assigned to the fire, including 78 engines, 17 handcrews, 5 helicopters, 4 aircraft, 8 dozers and 5 water tenders. These past two weeks have brought me closer to this community and I can already feel a deeper, more meaningful connection to all of you. During this time, to secure Monrovia Canyon Park, a fence has been installed and a chain lock has been set to secure the gate. There are 1,158 personnel assigned to the fire, including 119 engines, 23 handcrews, 6 helicopters, 6 aircraft, 6 dozers and 5 water tenders. We would like to remind the community that the Evacuation Warning remains in effect for residents of Monrovia. On the east side along Highway 39, the fire crews will be preparing for a strategic firing operation to strengthen the lines. Please note, the fire is burning at a high elevation, with fuels that historically have not burned, and is surrounded by defensible space, dozer lines, and even recently burned areas from fires in the past 3-4 years. Moving forward, resident closures will be issued, meaning those travelling through will be asked to show ID or proof of residence for access to areas highlighted in the Evacuation Map. We ask all residents to remain aware and prepared. Gates will be locked and there will be no public access to these areas. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Monrovians have found joy and inspiration by putting artistic talents to the brush and painting rocks. There will still be smoke coming from the hillside and the air quality will continue to range between moderate and unhealthy for some time. They have begun engaging the fire near Trask. Please keep that in mind tonight! Yesterday, controlled burning operations occurred in Canyon Park to contain the fire and once it neared park facilities or fire lines, firefighters used water suppression to hold the line. Winter Storm Brings Rain, Snow, Mudslide Fears To Southland, Cruise Ships Without Passengers To Dock At Port of L.A. Before Service Resumes, Man Found Dead After Fight Outside Hemet Tavern, Vehicle Hits, Topples Power Pole Near Lake Elsinore, Lori Loughlin Released from Prison for Role in College Cheating Scandal. Please remember, the Evacuation Warning remains in effect for residents of Monrovia. While the restoration process is expected to take some time, we will be working diligently to make Canyon Park and the HWP ready for hikers, bikers and everyone in-between. Those residents who need more time to evacuate, please make arrangements or plans to evacuate now in case an Evacuation Order is issued. Additionally, there have been reports of a power outage on the east end of Monrovia. The fire is moving from the eastern ridge of Spanish Canyon and down into the canyon towards the helipad. The Information and Cooling Center is now closed, and those calling into the Community Center are asked to leave a voicemail. Wilson helped to moderate fire intensity and the rate of spread around the area. We do not predict a large amount of fire activities in Monrovia today, however residents may see smoke coming from Monrovia Canyon Park and Spanish Canyon as crews mop up the area. You will notice firefighters continue extinguishing hot spots in/around Canyon Park. It is also recommended, for the most vulnerable population, to wear masks indoors. There are currently 1,158 personnel assigned to the fire, including 119 engines, 23 handcrews, 6 helicopters, 6 aircraft, 6 dozers and 5 water tenders. Bobcat Fire: 92% Containment; All Evacuation Orders Lifted Kat Schuster 10/11/2020 Live updates: More than 85,700 coronavirus patients hospitalized nationwide, shattering records (again) Regardless of when the Evacuation Warning lifts, we want to warn residents that they will continue to see small fires and smoke near the Trask Boy Scout Camp for a while. The fire is approaching City boundaries and we have multiple crews staged and ready to respond to the area if the fire were to come down from the higher elevations. The area around Trask Boy Scout Camp is still experiencing isolated pockets of fire in the existing burn area, but it is far enough from residential areas to consider lifting the Evacuation Warning. For those considering evacuating or seeking refuge from the fire should read the Red Cross announcement in its entirety to be prepared. Firefighters worked to extinguish spot fires along Highway 2 after a blaze tore through the area on Tuesday during the Bobcat fire in Angeles National Forest on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. This will be the last regular update of the night, but please know that Monrovia staff will continue to work in the Emergency Operation Center into the night to continue to monitor conditions. At this time, Monrovia residents remain under an Evacuation Warning. Please remember, the Evacuation Warning remains in effect. We continue to ask for your help during the Bobcat Fire by avoiding the areas highlighted on the Evacuation Map. Lastly, we apologize to those who tuned in for the community meeting for the poor audio and technical difficulties. Thank you for doing your part and helping us conserve water! Firefighting resources are focused on this area and when air visibility allows, air support will be provided. The Incident Command team will be providing us with an update, at 7 a.m., this morning and we will share the information as soon as we can. I know we don’t need to tell our residents this but perhaps some of us are interested in seeing the damage at our cherished Monrovia Canyon Park, HWP or even Lower Clamshell Trail. At nearly 30,000 acres, the Bobcat Fire burning in the Angeles National Forest spread into a popular recreation area, Big Santa Anita Canyon … As of tonight, there remains hot spots in the foothills above Monrovia. Local fire departments, along with Monrovia firefighters, will continue to patrol the foothill area. Firefighters are working hard to keep it on the northside of Sam The Damkeeper’s House and also north of the Nature Center. During this time, the Monrovia community may notice an increase in smoke or ash. Active Fire Data. This is all done to provide additional structure defense in the event the fire reaches Monrovia. As air operations is based on visibility, and the smoke is still too dense, the fire will have three helicopters and one aircraft on standby. Update - Monday, September 7 at 2:26 p.m. According to the South Coast Air Quality Management Districts, an Evacuation Warning was issued for foothill neighborhoods in Monrovia, Angeles National Forest Facebook page: @angelesnationalforest. Under the federal loan program, businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets. Throughout the day, strategic control burning was utilized in the south as fire remained very active reaching Chantry Flat in Santa Anita Canyon. The maps below demonstrates the fire progression in the Spanish Canyon and in the Mt. This fire will burn for days to come as they work hard to engage the fire in a way that, frankly, can be unsettling to many of us. 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