Bobcat Fire Update | September 24, 2020

PASADENA, Calif.—The Bobcat Fire is currently 113,986 acres and is 50% contained. Yesterday crews successfully held all of the previous day’s strategic firing operations. Fire activity moderated overnight, except in the Mount Waterman vicinity.

One of the priorities today will be the northeastern corner of the fire from Highway 2 to Big Rock Creek Road, where crews will be working to construct direct handline. If this is not feasible, they will prepare for strategic firing. The areas where strategic firing took place north of Mount Wilson will continue to burn out today and, if needed and conditions warrant, aerial ignition will be used to increase the depth along Highway 2. For more details, visit InciWeb.

UPDATE [9/24/20, 2 P.M.] The evacuation warning has been LIFTED for residents in our foothill neighborhoods north of Sierra Madre Boulevard. Because the evacuation warning has been lifted and there is no immediate threat to our city, we will be discontinuing our daily updates. We will resume providing daily updates if the need arises. We encourage everyone to stay prepared and have a plan for the next event.

Air quality is in the Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups to Unhealthy range today. 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 24, 2020