Bobcat Fire Update | September 19, 2020

PASADENA, Calif.—The Bobcat Fire is now at 91,017 acres and is 15% contained. The fire was very active yesterday due to windy conditions and impacted the communities of Juniper Hills, Valyermo and Big Rock Springs at the north end. Numerous evacuation orders and warnings were issued. Today, crews will focus on securing the fire’s perimeter in the north in an effort to stop any additional spread, especially to the communities in the northeast and northwest. On the west, crews will continue to protect Mount Wilson and Chilao. On the southern perimeter, fire crews continue to mop up to the extent necessary to ensure there is no further impact to structures. For more details, visit InciWeb.

The Bobcat Fire does not pose a threat to Pasadena right now; however, 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.

Current air quality is in the Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups to Unhealthy range. If you can smell smoke or see ash:

  • Avoid outdoor activity
  • Close all windows
  • Run an air purifier/ run AC on “recirculate” setting
  • Wear a mask outdoors
  • Bring 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.

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.

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.

Bobcat Fire map, September 19, 2020