Bobcat Fire Update | September 17, 2020

PASADENA, Calif.—The Bobcat Fire is now at 50,539 acres and is 3% contained. On the north end yesterday, the fire crossed Highway 2 by its junction with Highway 39, and it continued to push north in the Cooper Creek area. An evacuation order was issued for residents within the area north of Angeles Crest North and between Clear Creek Station and Hwy 39.

Things were quiet on the south end of the fire around the foothill communities yesterday, and the protection of Mount Wilson continued to be successful. In the afternoon, the mandatory evacuation order was lifted for residents north of Elkins Avenue and east of Santa Anita Avenue in the city of Arcadia and portions of Sierra Madre. For more details, visit InciWeb.

Although current fire conditions do not present a threat to Pasadena, an evacuation warning remains in effect as a precaution for residents in our foothill neighborhoods north of Sierra Madre Boulevard. Conditions could change rapidly, so we encourage you to stay alert and prepared to evacuate if necessary. See Los Angeles County Fire Department's Ready, Set, Go Guide for preparation tips.

Angeles National Forest is hosting another virtual public meeting today at 6:30 p.m. Fire management will provide an update on the current situation. The meeting will be streamed on multiple platforms, including social media. Information on where to watch the Bobcat Fire virtual community meeting will be posted on the Angeles National Forest Twitter, Facebook, and Bobcat Fire InciWeb page.

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 17, 2020