Arcadia residents told to evacuate as Bobcat fire moves closer to homes

The Bobcat fire rages above Rincon Fire Station on Highway 39 on Wednesday in the San Gabriel Mountains.(Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times)

Arcadia residents told to evacuate as Bobcat fire moves closer to homes

Residents in a portion of Arcadia were told to evacuate Sunday morning as the Bobcat fire in the Angeles National Forest posed new dangers.

People living north of Elkins Avenue and east of Santa Anita Avenue should leave due to “dangerous wildfire conditions,” the city said. “Residents in the area are advised to use Santa Anita Ave. to leave the area.”

An American Red Cross evacuation site has been set up at the Santa Anita race track.

The fire has burned nearly 32,000 acres as of Sunday. Fire officials said Sunday the fire was “active throughout the night, continuing to burn downhill toward Monrovia and north toward Route 2 in the Buckhorn Flat area. Significant western growth toward Mt Wilson.”

Arcadia is one of several foothill communities where hillside residents have been on evacuation warning because of the fire for several days. Many of those warnings remain in effect.

The blaze continues to create poor air quality across the Los Angeles Basin.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District forecast moderate-to-unhealthful air for a large swath of the region, including central Los Angeles and the San Gabriel and San Fernando valleys. Conditions will be somewhat better along the coast and in Orange County.

Although that forecast marks an improvement in some areas, officials said the smoke was still a major concern.

The Los Angeles Zoo announced Saturday that it would not open Sunday or Monday because of the unhealthful air quality but hoped to reopen Tuesday. A statement from the zoo said that anyone who had tickets or a reservation for a closed date could request a refund or reschedule.

Poor air quality also contributed to the closure of eight parks in L.A. County: Eaton Canyon, Devil’s Punchbowl, Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park, Lario Staging Area, Marshall Canyon, Peck Road Water Conservation Park, San Dimas Canyon Natural Area and Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health warned residents to stay indoors as much as possible and limit physical exertion, indoors or out.

“If you can see smoke, soot or ash, or you can smell smoke, pay attention to your immediate environment and take precautions to safeguard your health,” said county Health Officer Dr. Muntu Davis. “These precautions are particularly important for children, older adults, and people with heart or lung diseases.”

Davis also advised day camps in smoke-affected areas to suspend outside activities, such as hiking or picnics.


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