Evacuation warnings were issued to residents of the San Gabriel Valley foothills when the nearby Bobcat Fire rose to 11,456 acres with 0% containment on Wednesday.
Monrovia, Duarte, Arcadia, Sierra Madre, Bradbury, Altadena, and Pasadena have all been warned and asked to prepare evacuation plans with emergency supplies and personal effects. The Angeles National Forest's Unified Incident Command, Los Angeles County Fire Department, Monrovia Fire Department and LA County Sheriffs were also asked to refuel their cars, show them outside, and leave at any time.
Residents of the foothills in Arcadia and Sierra Madre have been asked to voluntarily evacuate and consider alternative forms of living.
"… please be prepared tonight," said supervisor Kathryn Barger on Tuesday evening on Twitter. “Santa Ana Winds are active so be ready in case of an evacuation. You will receive an SMS notification when you need to evacuate. So leave your phone on. "
The Bobcat Fire, which was launched in the Azusa Canyons on Sunday, September 6th, has more than 400 employees. 33 engines, nine hand screws, three aircraft and four bulldozers fight the fire.
#BobcatFire continues to burn in @Angeles_NF. Continue to monitor official government sources and local media for updates.
Current information can be found at https://t.co/qVlkZ3xURO pic.twitter.com/DQqZzS7jJ6
– Ready Los Angeles County (@ReadyLACounty) September 9, 2020
The LA County Fire Department has also issued red flag warnings due to Santa Ana winds of up to 45 m.p.h. They are expected to blow through LA canyons and mountains, creating further fire risks in the county.
Aside from the winds, ash and clouds of smoke have filled the skies in neighboring towns and have been spotted by residents as far as Rancho Cucamonga.
L.A. County published a smoking recommendation for the past two days that rated air quality as unhealthy throughout the San Gabriel Valley, Central LA, South LA, and South Central LA, and advised locals to limit outdoor exposure.
“It's hard to say where smoke, ash, or soot from a fire goes, or how winds affect the level of these particles in the air. So we ask everyone to remember that smoke and ash can be harmful to health, including those who are healthy, ”said Muntu Davis, MD, MPH, Los Angeles County's Health Officer. “If you see, or smell smoke, smoke, soot, or ash, be mindful of your immediate surroundings and take precautions to protect your health. These precautions are especially important for children, older adults, and people with heart or lung conditions. "
The Bobcat Fire is part of a record 2.2 million acres burned across California during this fire season.
By comparison, 118,000 acres were burning in California at the same time in 2019.
"This is the biggest fire season in terms of total acreage that we have had in some time and that has been recorded in modern recent history," Governor Gavin Newsom said at a news conference on Wednesday. "You put it in comparison … last year it's pretty extraordinary, the challenge we've faced so far this season."
The Santa Clara SCU Fire is now the second largest in modern California history. 396,000 acres were burned, but 96% of it is contained after fire resources from across the state, including LA County, were used to aid in the fire. The Napa County's LNU fire, which was previously larger than the SCU fire, is now the third largest with 375,000 burns and is 76% contained.
The El Dorado fire is still penetrating San Bernardino County with 11,479 acres of burned water and 19% containment as of Wednesday. The fire in the Yucaipa area is currently under investigation as CAL Fire believes it started using pyrotechnics for a gender reveal party.