Bobcat Fire Update | September 20, 2020

PASADENA, Calif.—The Bobcat Fire is currently 99,428 acres and is 15% contained. The fire remained active yesterday and into the night due to windy conditions, especially on the north end. The fire did moderate some and work started on direct lines. Successful strategic firing occurred to secure the area around Mount Wilson last night. Aside from Mount Wilson, the fire remained quiet from Crystal Lake all the way around the south end back up to Highway 2.

Today’s priority is to continue work on the control lines. These lines are being built in the northeastern and northwestern portions of the fire in order to stop the forward progression. Additionally, firefighters will continue to mop up and secure the areas around structures where the fire burned into Antelope Valley and Juniper Hills. Fire crews will also be looking for ways to secure the line between Mount Wilson and Highway 2 to eliminate the threat to that area. 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 Moderate to Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups range. If you can smell smoke:

  • 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 20, 2020