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Rep. Chu Statement on Bobcat Fire in Angeles National Forest

September 8, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON — Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) issued the following statement on the Bobcat Fire which is currently 0% contained and spreading in the Angeles National Forest in her district:

“The Bobcat Fire in the Angeles Forest is uncontained and spreading, threatening lives and property in the area. That is why, this morning, I set up an urgent call with Angeles National Forest Supervisor Jerry Perez to discuss the situation and offer my ongoing assistance. I am encouraged by the rapid formation of an initial fire management team consisting of the Forest Service, City of Monrovia, and the LA County Fire Department. My office will remain in constant contact with them as the situation develops, and especially over the coming 36 hours which will be critical for determining the course of the fire and risk to communities.

“As the fire spreads to areas like Mt. Wilson, which includes the Mt. Wilson Observatory, the fire management team is forced to adopt dual strategies to fight both forest fires and structural fires, which means ensuring access for firetrucks into the forest. But the number one priority remains protecting lives. We can avoid preventable deaths by following orders from the fire management team and local governments. I am urging residents to stay away from the Angeles Forest, which remains closed through this week, and to carefully heed all evacuation warnings from the Forest Service, fire management team, and local governments. Residents should be on alert and prepared to relocate if their community is threatened.

“I will continue to work with the fire management team and others to share information and updates to the community so that every family has the best chance at taking timely action to keep themselves safe.”

More information on preparing an evacuation plan is available on the LA County Fire’s Ready Set Go page.

And more information about the Bobcat Fire is available from https://lacounty.gov/emergency/.