On Sunday afternoon, a bushfire broke out in the Angeles National Forest north of Azusa, sending a large cloud of smoke into the air that could be seen for miles.
The Bobcat fire began near Cogswell Dam just after noon on Sunday and had burned an estimated 1,800 acres of brush and wood by 6:00 p.m., US Forest Service officials said.
About 100 firefighters with five engines, three handcrews and two water tenders fought the fire from the ground, while four helicopters and five fixed-wing aircraft launched an air strike, according to firefighters.
The wind is expected to blow and blow from the northwest on Sunday evening, which could propel the fire towards populated areas, said David Gomberg, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard. Winds are expected to blow 10 to 20 miles per hour with higher winds near hilltops, Gomberg said.
In addition, the temperature, which reached at least 103 ° C on Sunday afternoon where the Bobcat fire is burning, is not expected to drop overnight to such an extent that it will be helpful to the fire department and the humidity will remain low, which means that grass and brush are dry and ready to burn
There is a temporary restriction on flights above the fire area and drones are prohibited.
Firemen across southern California were hampered by a record-breaking heat wave that swept across the state that Labor Day weekend, causing temperatures in the triple digits in many areas.
Across the county in Sunland-Tujunga, 62 firefighters from city and county departments put out a bushfire at Hansen Dam in the San Fernando Valley in 43 minutes. The flame grew to only five acres.
In Sherman Oaks, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department, more than 100 firefighters – including hand crews and an airplane – battled through extremely hot weather to put out a 20-acre fire in the Sepulveda Basin. After about three hours of fighting the fire, the crews contained the fire and brought the Japanese gardens and water treatment plant to safety.
Two firefighters and one civilian sustained non-life-threatening injuries in the fire. No structures were damaged.
Meanwhile, the Fresno County's Creek Fire has burned more than 36,000 acres and the San Bernardino County's El Dorado Fire has charred more than 2,700 acres. In San Diego County, the Valley Fire consumed more than 4,000 acres.