A Red Flag Warning is in effect through 5:00 PM today for gusty winds and low relative humidity, while a Wind Advisory is in effect until 3:00 PM. Crews will continue to actively monitor and patrol containment lines searching out heat along the perimeter. Patrols will occur along the northern portion of the fire to make sure communities are secure and to be alert for new activity. Engines will be available for smoke checks around the communities. Increased activity is anticipated within containment lines near Mount Wilson and Mount Lewis as the wind speeds increase and relative humidity decreases. The public can expect to see smoke columns in these areas as unburned fuels within the containment lines continue to consume. Crews will be working near Mount Lewis to reduce the spread of the fire and to keep it north of Route 2. They will also be working to secure the spot fire northwest of Bare Mountain. California Incident Management Team 1 is in the process of transitioning with a new incident management team who will take over the fire.
The fire continued to remain active around the Mt. Lewis area where it made its way down to the bottom of the drainage. Crews were engaged in actions to stop the forward rate of spread. The island of unburned fuels northwest of Mt. Wilson continued to consume. North of Highway 2 in the Barley Flat area firefighters worked throughout the day and night to eliminate any heat near the fire’s edge. Hand crews and aircraft worked all night to contain a 40-acre spot fire northwest of Bare Mountain. Crews continued to actively monitor and patrol containment lines searching out heat along the perimeter.
Santa Ana conditions today bring high temperatures, very low relative humidity, and gusty northeast winds. On ridgetops and in exposed areas winds will be 15 to 25 mph, with gusts 25-35 mph. These winds will decrease after 3:00 PM and drop overnight. On Tuesday and Wednesday temperatures will be well above normal and humidity will drop into the single digits, but winds will be light.
No repopulation or lifting of any warnings occurred yesterday. All orders remain the same.
• 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.
• 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.
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.
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.