Bobcat Fire: More Than 91K Acres Burned As One Front Heads Toward Wrightwood And Big Pines
The Bobcat Fire in the Angeles National Forest continues to grow in its 14th day and authorities are ordering anyone in mandatory evacuation zones to leave immediately.
The fire has grown aggressively in recent days. By this morning, more than 91,000 acres had burned. the rapid spread was driven by wind gusts of up to 44 mph that pushed the flames into the Antelope Valley.
At the same time fire officials issued new evacuation orders, they said others will be lifted soon. At 4 p.m., residents living in areas currently under mandatory evacuation in Arcadia, Sierra Madre, Monrovia, Duarte, and Bradbury will be allowed to return home.
The focus today has been on the northern side of the fire. In the morning update, officials said the fire "has spread north into foothills communities of Juniper Hills and Valyermo." They also warned that the fire was just miles from the communities of Big Pines and Wrightwood
At a news conference last night, L.A. County Fire Chief Daryl Osby noted that many fires this year, including the Bobcat, have been very dangerous:
Evacuation orders are in place for parts of the Antelope Valley and northern Angeles National Forest.
The National Weather Service continues to report "elevated fire weather conditions," adding wind gusts this afternoon into evening could reach 25 to 35 mph — and get above 40 mph in the foothills.
Here's what else we know about the fire so far today.
The fire erupted on Sept. 6 near the Cogswell Dam and then ...
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