Bobcat Fire Update | September 16, 2020

PASADENA, Calif.—The Bobcat Fire is now at 44,393 acres and is 3% contained. Yesterday, firefighters were successful in keeping the fire from impacting Mount Wilson Observatory. Fire behavior moderated at the south end of the fire overnight, and this helped the crews working on strengthening control lines around the foothill communities and Mount Wilson. Fire behavior was still active in the north, and an additional focus was to try to contain the spot fires across Highway 2.

Today, firefighters are focused on maintaining what has been accomplished over the last few days in the vicinity of the foothill communities and Mount Wilson Observatory. Firefighters will be working on strengthening the lines and looking for opportunities to attack the fire directly. In the north along the Highway 2 corridor, firefighters will be working on putting in lines around the spot fires and ensuring that additional spots are dealt with as they occur. Fuels are at critically dry levels and increased fire activity is expected over the next couple of days. On the east side along Highway 39, fire crews will be preparing for a strategic firing operation to strengthen the lines. For more details, visit InciWeb.

An evacuation order was issued for residents within the area north of Angeles Crest North and between Clear Creek Station and Hwy 39 yesterday. An evacuation order remains in effect for all residents north of Elkins Avenue and east of Santa Anita Avenue in the city of Arcadia and portions of Sierra Madre.

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 - September 16, 2020