The Bobcat fire continued to spread north toward the Antelope Valley, Friday, Sept. 18, but firefighters increased containment overnight while continuing to protect foothill communities in the San Gabriel Valley and Mount Wilson Observatory, authorities said.
The fire, which started Sept. 6, had consumed 60,557 acres by 7 a.m. Friday, an increase of more than 10,000 acres over 24 hours.
Most of that spread Thursday was seen after the blaze jumped Highway 2 and continued north, leading to evacuations for Antelope Valley communities in Juniper Hills, Devils Punchbowl and Paradise Springs just before the flames crested a final ridge and burned toward the small foothill communities.
Crews overnight worked to keep the fire south of Pearblossom, which sits roughly five miles north of Juniper Hills. Firefighters remained at Mount Wilson Observatory to continue to protect infrastructure. The fire remained active near the peak, forest officials said.
But toward the southern end, fire crews increased containment, which was at 15% Friday morning. Containment is the percentage of the perimeter where the fire won’t expand beyond.
In a brief Friday morning update, forest officials said Mount Wilson Observatory remained safe and Friday’s focus would be on the north end of the blaze.
Evacuation warnings remained in effect for Monrovia, Duarte, Arcadia, Sierra Madre, Bradbury, Pasadena and Altadena and a smoke advisory issued by the South Coast Air Quality Management District was extended through Friday, officials said.
All forests in California remain closed until at least Sept. 21.
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