Video of the fire showed bright orange flames in the rugged terrain around Mt. Wilson where it also threatens broadcast and cell phone towers.
Flames damaged or destroyed homes and cars in Juniper Hills on the north end of the blaze.
People living in Sierra Madre though were happy the fire seemed to have skipped by them.
Crews were still working to protect the Mt Wilson Observatory and the vital communications equipment on top of the mountain.
Evacuation orders were still in effect for homes along the Angeles Crest Highway and Highway 39 and in some of the unincorporated areas including Juniper Hills, Devils Punch Bowl and Paradise Springs.
- Residences along Angeles Crest Highway, between Angeles Forest Highway and Highway 39.
- The unincorporated areas of Juniper Hills, Devils Punch Bowl, and Paradise Springs.
- The unincorporated areas of Crystal Lake, East Fork of the San Gabriel River, and Camp Williams.
- South of Hwy 138, North of Big Rock Creek, East of 87th St East, and West of Largo Vista Rd.
- South of 138th St. East, North of Big Pine Hwy and Hwy 2, East of Largo Vista Rd., and West of 263rd St. East.
- South of Hwy 138, North of East Ave W-14, East of 155th St East, and West of 165th St. East. (Clear)
- City of Pasadena
- Unincorporated communities of Altadena and Wrightwood.
- South of Pearblossom Hwy, East and North of Angeles Forest Hwy, North and West of Mt. Emma Rd., East and South of Hwy 122, and West of Cheseboro Rd.
- South of Hwy 2, North of Blue Ridge Truck Trail, East of Hwy 39, and West of the Los Angeles Co. border.
- South of Ave U-8, North of East Ave W-14, East of 121st East, and West of 155th St East.
- South of Pearblossom Hwy (Hwy 138), South and East of Pearblossom Hwy (Hwy 122), North and West of Mt. Emma Rd., North and East of Angeles Forest Hwy, and West of Cheseboro Rd.
The 1,310-acre “geological wonder” that hosts some 130,000 visitors annually, the wind-driven fire spread to the Devil’s Punchbowl Natural Area, according to the Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation.
On Saturday LA County Sheriff's Department said "The Unified Incident Command Teams have issued an evacuation WARNING for the following area: South of Pearblossom Hwy, East and North of Angeles Forest Hwy, North and West of Mt. Emma Rd., East and South of Hwy 122, and West of Cheseboro Rd"
According to the incident page:
New Evacuation Order 1430 9/19/20:- South of 138th St East, North of Big Pines Hwy and Hwy 2, West of 263rd East, East of Largo Vista Rd.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
Homes are burning in Juniper Hills. That's not far from Little Rock and Pear Blossom in the high desert.
Firefighters are now focusing their efforts along the foothills of the Antelope Valley -- where the fire has split into three heads.
Additional evacuation orders have been issued forcing residents to leave their homes near Highway 39, south of East Fork Road, west of Glendora Mountain Road and north of Glendora Ridge Road.
Evacuation Order has been issued for the following areas: -South of Pearblossom Hwy -North of Big Pines Hwy -West of Largo Vista Rd. -East of 165th St East according to the LA County Sheriff's Department.
LA County Sheriff's Department also had more evacuation orders on Friday afternoon: "Evacuation Order has been issued for the following area: -Evacuation Order includes areas east of Hwy 39, south of East Fork Rd, west of GMR, and north of Glendora Ridge Rd."
The Department also tweeted late Friday afternoon more evacuations: "Evacuation Warning has been Issued for the following area: -South of East Ave V, North of Fort Tejon Rd, West of 121st East, East of 87th St, East. -South of East Ave U-12, North of East Av W-14, West of 165th St East, East of 121st East."
LA County Fire Captain David Dantic tells KNX firefighters are also hard at work to protect the Mount Wilson Observatory.
According to Angeles National Forest on Twitter "Crews are prepping structures near Mt. Wilson, & are ready to fire if needed. The fire has spotted west & is being held in check by air resources. Retardant is being placed around Mt. Wilson. The active firefight in the north continues with structure protection."
An evacuation warning has been issued for Wrightwood.
LA County Fire Captain David Dantic tells KNX the stubborn fire continues to burn north-northeast which is where firefighters will put most of their focus.
The Unified Incident Command Teams of the Angeles National Forest and the Los Angeles County Fire Department are ORDERING residents in the foothills North of the Bobcat Fire to evacuate, there continues to be rapid-fire growth. Be advised this is an EVACUATION ORDER.
EVACUATION GEOGRAPHIC DETAILS:
The following areas are under an EVACUATION ORDER:
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
Residents in these areas should quickly gather their families and pets and head to your preplanned location outside of the fire evacuation zones. Residents must take these necessary steps to ensure your family’s safety. Delaying evacuation will prevent fire crews from suppression activities and compromise the safety of the public and first responders.
Days after the Bobcat Fire forced people to evacuate their homes in the northern reaches of Arcadia they are now moving back on Wednesday afternoon and resuming their lives.
So far on Monday the fire remains at only 6 percent contained and burning 36,366 acres.
The Bobcat Fire has forced new evacuations from some San Gabriel foothill communities.
The City of Arcadia is ordering all residents north of Elkins Ave. and east of Santa Anita Ave. to evacuate due to dangerous wildfire conditions. Residents in the area are advised to use Santa Anita Ave. to leave the area.
A Red Cross evacuation center was established at Santa Anita Race Track, located at 285 W. Huntington Drive. Residents were advised to enter through Gate 5. More information about the center was available at 1-800-RED- CROSS (733-2767)
Evacuation warnings were in effect for Monrovia, Bradbury, Sierra Madre, Altadena, Duarte and Pasadena. An evacuation order was also issued for Camp Williams.
The blaze continues to burn downhill toward Monrovia and north toward State Route 2 in the Buckhorn area, with "significant" western growth towards Mt. Wilson, Angeles National Forest officials reported.
"Fire crews will continue to focus on increasing containment lines along the south end of the fire to protect the foothill communities," officials said Saturday. "Local fire departments will continue to conduct structure protection within the foothill communities."
There are minimal winds, which means the Bobcat Fire is not expanding that quickly into the Angeles National Forest but it is still moving towards mountain resort communities while putting up a tremendous amount of smoke that makes it tough for everyone to breathe.
At over 40,000 acres, the fire is now larger than the city of Glendale and it’s still increasing to the north-north East.
Andrew Mitchell, a spokesman for the Angeles National Forest, says the fire is on the verge of Crossing the Angeles Crest Highway.
If the fire blows past the highway, the next community in danger is Crystal Lake and the Campground areas there.
There is another factor that makes the fight tough.
The SCAQMD says when air pollution levels hit 300 on their scale, the air is hazardous to breathe and people should not take part in physical activity at all.
The air quality level out here in the fire zone is now measured at 350.
A smoke advisory is in effect today in most of Los Angeles County and parts of Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties due to a wildfire burning in the Angeles National Forest that has blackened 26,368 acres and is only 6% contained.
Commanders here are still hoping they will be able to bring aircraft and helicopters into the areas to hit hotspots and try and lock down the southern edge of the blaze but for the most part, those decisions are subject to the whims of the weather.
After daybreak on Friday morning, the U.S. Forest Service reported that three night-flying helicopters were deployed overnight, and crews kept the fire "in-check" on the southern edge of the fire.
The fire was moving in a northeasterly direction Thursday, and 540 firefighters were working to extinguish the flames, according to the Forest Service. No structural damage or injuries have been reported.
"The northern portion of the fire has reached up into ridges near Angeles Crest Highway where retardant drops have been made," the Forest Service said. "Steep terrain and dry fuels, some of which haven't burned in the last 60 years, will create challenges for crews.
On Friday morning, "areas south of the Bobcat fire along the I-210 corridor from Pasadena to Rancho Cucamonga will likely see the highest levels (of particulate matter) as smoke is likely to remain closer to the ground overnight," the South Coast Air Quality Management District advises, while on Friday afternoon, onshore winds are expected to move smoke east and northeast toward the San Gabriel Mountains, San Bernardino Mountains and San Bernardino Mountains.
"Priority is to contain the south end of the fire in anticipation of Santa Ana winds," the Forest Service reported.
Evacuation warnings remain in effect in the foothill communities of Duarte, Bradbury, Monrovia, Sierra Madre, Pasadena, Altadena and Arcadia.
A "voluntary evacuation suggestion" by the city of Arcadia for residents north of Foothill Boulevard and east of Santa Anita Avenue was lifted about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday by city officials, who said the fire had "generally progressed away from" Arcadia.
There's been a change in the winds and aircraft can now come in to help against the Bobcat Fire late Wednesday afternoon.
Dense smoke from the massive Bobcat Fire is still covering the San Gabriel mountains and surrounding cities and the firefight is still somewhat limited because of the smoke and the inaccessible terrain.
Water dropping helicopters and planes have not been able to fly or even see the areas they would like to hit with their loads.
Micah Bell, Public Information Officer with the Incident Management Team, says the majority of the work on building containment lines and firebreaks has fallen to camp crews who are hiking into steep areas on foot.
When it comes to the weather it's a double-edged sword.
If and when Santa Ana Winds blow from the North northeast, it could send fire towards homes in the foothills but at the same time it could also clear the smoke that would allow airpower to finally get into this firefight.
The only good news about this fire is that it is burning very slowly and posing minimal risk to homes in the area.
This morning is expected to be key in the fight against the Bobcat Fire with Santa Ana's gusting.
"Residents are encouraged to remain prepared & alert. Monrovia FD and other local fire agencies will be actively patrolling neighborhoods and preparing defensive plans," City of Monrovia said on Twitter.
"There remains an Evacuation Warning, which means that residents in the foothill area below the Bobcat Fire must be ready to evacuate if an Evacuation Order is issued. Please continue to remain alert as Santa Ana winds are expected throughout the day," City of Monrovia said on Twitter.
On Tuesday KNX reporter Pete Demetriou reported "homes in northern Monrovia are either evacuated or have people taking final steps to prepare to leave if fire comes down canyons filled with dense brush. Some fire engines are already moving in to stage on certain streets."
The City of Monrovia tweeted there were two evacuation phases:
"The 1st phase will be all residents residing north of Hillcrest Blvd. and north of Greystone Ave. The 2nd phase will be all residents residing between Hillcrest Blvd. and Greystone Ave., south to Foothill Blvd."
With Santa Ana winds forecast for today and a red flag warning issued through Wednesday, U.S. Forest Service fire officials have put some Monrovia residents on notice that they may be ordered to evacuate if the Bobcat Fire in the Angeles National Forest spreads south.
UPDATED EVACUATION INFO FOUND HERE: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7152
EVACUATION MAPS CAN BE FOUND HERE: https://www.cityofmonrovia.org/your-government/bobcat-fire
Monrovia city officials said the first phase of evacuations would affect all residents north of Hillcrest Boulevard and north of Greystone Avenue.
The Bobcat Fire had burned 4,871 acres and was 0% contained as of Monday evening after breaking out at 12:22 p.m. Sunday near the Cogswell Dam and West Fork Day Use area of the forest.
The second phase would impact all residents between Hillcrest Boulevard and Greystone Avenue south to Foothill Boulevard.
Residents under the warning were urged to have evacuation plans in place, organize 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 take people and pets to designated evacuation sites, or to family and friends' homes outside the fire area.
The USFS estimated the fire would not be fully contained until October 15.
Residents with large animals were urged to begin moving them to safety as accommodations are made at the Pomona Fairgrounds and Santa Anita Racetrack with limited capacity.