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Bobcat Morning Update Sept 27, 2020

Bobcat Wildfire
News – 9/27/2020

TODAY

Crews will continue to actively monitor and patrol containment lines in preparation of forecasted Santa Ana conditions. These conditions include increased temperatures, lower relative humidities, and increases to wind speed as well as a change in the wind direction. These changes are resulting in critical fire weather conditions that will occur late tonight and into tomorrow. Fire activity remains around the Mt. Lewis area where the fire has made its way down to the bottom of the drainage. Crews are engaged in actions to stop the forward rate of spread. Fire activity from Pinon Ridge to Dorr Canyon has moderated and crews continue to patrol and mop-up any residual heat sources. The island of unburned fuels northwest of Mt. Wilson continues to burn out. Firefighters are actively monitoring and patrolling to make sure it does not move outside of the lines. Repopulation efforts continue with help from Los Angeles County Occupancy support. For more information visit: https://rb.gy/flykjl.

YESTERDAY

Personnel worked to build on existing containment lines, mop-up and monitor the perimeter of the fire. Heavy mop-up to the north of Mt. Wilson to Highway 2 continued with personnel lining and plumbing hose to the area around Barley flats. Aircraft in conjunction with ground personnel continued to battle isolated heat remaining near Chilao. Most of the northern end and eastern end of the fire near Highway 39 to the San Gabriel Dam of the fire has seen minimal fire activity and no movement. Crews continued to monitor the area for heat signatures. To the south end, from Monrovia Canyon to Santa Anita Canyon, fire crews saw little to no heat signatures during mop-up. Yesterday, LA County Sheriff’s Department lifted evacuation warnings for selected areas in the Antelope Valley.
 

WEATHER

Building high pressure will bring warmer and drier conditions today, with a shift to northeast ridgetop winds. Santa Ana conditions will bring stronger east to northeast winds beginning early Monday morning and lasting through the afternoon. These gusty winds will combine with very low humidity to produce a period of critical fire weather conditions. As a result, A Fire Weather Watch is in effect on Monday for gusty Santa Ana winds and low relative humidity.
 

EVACUATION ORDERS:

• Paradise Springs – South of Big Pines Highway, east of Devil’s Punchbowl, west of Largo Vista Road, and north of the forest.

• South and west of Upper Big Tujunga Canyon, east of Angeles Forest Highway, and north of Angeles Crest Highway.

• Residences along Angeles Crest Highway, between Angeles Forest Highway and Highway 39.
 

EVACUATION WARNINGS:

• South of Big Pines Highway, east of Largo Vista Road, west of 263rd Street E (County line), and north of the forest.

• South of Mount Emma Road, north of Upper Big Tujunga Canyon, east of Angeles Forest Highway, and west of Pacifico Mountain.

• East Fork Areas: Julius Klein Conservation Camp 19, Camp Williams, and the River Community.

• Unincorporated community of Wrightwood.
 

Evacuation Warnings were lifted for the Littlerock area of the Antelope Valley as follows:

• South of Highway 138, north of Weber Ranch Road, east of Cheseboro Road, and west of 87th Street E.

• South of Highway 138, south and east of Highway 122 (Sierra Hwy/Pearblossom), north and west of Mount Emma Road, west of Cheseboro Road, north and east of Angeles Forest Highway.


The Red Cross Evacuation Centers at Palmdale High School and Santa Anita Park are now closed. Anyone still needing assistance can call the Disaster Distress Hotline at 800-675-5799.
 

SUMMARY

The Bobcat Fire started on September 6th at 12:21 PM. The fire is located near the Cogswell Dam and West Fork Day Use area. The fire is burning in heavy fuels with a rapid rate of spread.

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