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Bobcat Fire nears containment after 115,796 acres scorched

New warnings in Devil’s Punchbowl area

City News Service | 10/9/2020, midnight

The Bobcat Fire smoldering in the Angeles National Forest was  89-percent contained by mid week after having scorched 115,796 acres (at press time) of the Angeles National Forest.

All evacuation orders have been changed to warnings and were in effect in the following areas:

--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 Tujunga Canyon Road, east of Angeles Forest Highway and north of Angeles Crest Highway; and

--Residences along Angeles Crest Highway, between Angeles Forest Highway and Highway 39.

Evacuation warnings were lifted for the following areas:

--South of Big Pines Highway, east of Largo Vista Road, west of 263rd Street 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; and 

 --East Fork areas: Julius Klein Conservation Camp 19, Camp Williams and the River Community.

The Bobcat Fire erupted on Sept. 6 near the Cogswell Dam and West Fork Day Use area northeast of Mt. Wilson and within the Angeles National Forest. The cause is still under investigation.

A half-dozen injuries have been reported, according to the USFS, which said 572 personnel were engaged in the firefighting effort as of Monday, with eight helicopters in use. The full containment date for the fire is estimated to be Oct. 30.

Nearly three dozen members of California’s congressional delegation, including Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27), House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA-12) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23), wrote a letter to President Donald Trump last week urging him to support Gov. Gavin Newsom’s request for a Major Disaster Declaration to respond to the wildfires raging in California, including the Bobcat Fire, which is burning in Chu’s district.

The cost of fighting the fire has not been determined.