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Rep. Chu Update on Bobcat Fire in Angeles National Forest

September 9, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON — With the Bobcat Fire still 0% contained and communities in her district facing evacuation orders, Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) spoke with Angeles National Forest Supervisor Jerry Perez and has issued the following statement and guidance to constituents:

“Today, I called Angeles National Forest Supervisor Jerry Perez to discuss the Bobcat Fire and the threat to communities in the San Gabriel Valley. In the past 24 hours, the fire has actually turned in a northeast direction, meaning locations like Mt. Wilson are safe for now. However, the next 24 hours will remain critical for determining if the Santa Ana winds will blow the fire southward into homes and communities and I urge constituents to continue to be prepared with evacuation plans. While there have been no evacuation orders so far, there remains an evacuation warning for residents in the foothill neighborhoods of Duarte, Bradbury, Monrovia, Arcadia, Sierra Madre, Pasadena, and Altadena.

“The encouraging news is that the Forest Service, Los Angeles County Fire, and other supporting agencies are working hard to battle the Bobcat Fire. They have mobilized several resources and, as a result, the number of firefighting personnel has been quadrupled from 100 to 400, half federal and half local firefighters. More bulldozers were also allocated, and aircraft have begun attacking the blaze. Supervisor Perez also informed me that they have been approved for a ‘Type 1’ team, which is used to fight the most complex fires, meaning we are prepared for the worst. But, with the Bobcat Fire still 0% contained, all foothill communities must remain vigilant and prepared. I am committed to continuing to provide updates to my constituents and will remain in close contact with the Forest Service until this fire is contained.

“Even if this fire passes, our area remains at risk from high heat and poor air quality. For more resources, updates, evacuation orders, and shelters, residents should visit lacounty.gov/emergency. I also want to urge residents to check air quality at airnow.gov and remind everyone that if you smell smoke, it is imperative you wear a breathing mask. Finally, I want to thank all our firefighters and support staff for the incredible work they have been doing.”