Bobcat Fire Update | September 15, 2020

For those community members who were unable to participate in yesterday’s Zoom virtual public meeting hosted by Angeles National Forest, here is the link to the recording.

PASADENA, Calif.—The Bobcat Fire was very active on both the north and south ends yesterday, and is now at 41,231 acres with 3% containment. Firefighters worked diligently overnight with a focus on protecting Mount Wilson and the foothills communities. Today’s primary focus remains at keeping the fire from reaching Mount Wilson and the foothill communities. A secondary priority will be to keep the fire south of Highway 2. Aircraft will be utilized to actively support ground resources as visibility allows. The Closure Order for National Forests in Southern California has been extended to September 21. For more details, visit InciWeb.

There remains no imminent threat to Pasadena; however, an evacuation warning remains in effect for residents in our foothill neighborhoods, north of Sierra Madre Boulevard. Conditions could change rapidly, so STAY READY. Have a plan in place (including for any animals you have) and pack supplies ahead of time in case you need to evacuate. See Los Angeles County Fire Department's Ready, Set, Go Guide for preparation tips.

Pasadena continues to experience unhealthy air quality due to wildfire smoke. Protect yourself and loved ones by:

  • Avoiding outdoor activity
  • Closing all windows
  • Running an air purifier/ running AC on “recirculate” setting
  • Wearing a mask outdoors
  • Bringing pets indoors

View current air quality information.

If you haven't already, please register for the Pasadena Local Emergency Alert System (PLEAS) to receive voice, email and/or text emergency notifications. PLEAS messages are only sent in the event of imminent danger where action, such as evacuation, is required.

Once you've registered with PLEAS, we also recommend you register with the county's Alert LA County mass notification system.

Nixle is the primary notification system for the Pasadena Police Department. Register at to receive alerts by text message and/or email. You can also text your ZIP code to 888777 to opt in.

REMINDER: The Bobcat Fire is a NO DRONE ZONE. Drones can collide with firefighting aircraft and cause a serious or fatal accident. Anyone interfering with wildfire suppression efforts may be subject to civil penalties and criminal prosecution. Please stay away to protect yourself and our firefighting crews.

The City will continue to provide updates as the situation evolves and more information becomes available. You can also follow @Angeles_NF@LACOFD, and @PasadenaGov on Twitter for incident updates.

Bobcat Fire Map - 09.15.20