• Sun. Feb 28th, 2021

California wildfires: LA County’s Bobcat Fire covers 103k acres – Daily Mail

An enormous wildfire that churned through mountains northeast of Los Angeles and into the Mojave Desert was still threatening homes on Monday as it burned across more than 103,000 acres. 

The Bobcat Fire is one of the largest ever in Los Angeles County and it has burned for more than two weeks. It’s just 15 per cent contained.

Authorities said more than 1,700 firefighters are battling the blaze. The Angeles National Forest released a containment date of October 30. 

Evacuation orders and warnings are in place for thousands of residents in foothill and desert communities, where semi-rural homes and a popular nature sanctuary have burned. No injuries have been reported.

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An enormous wildfire that churned through mountains northeast of Los Angeles and into the Mojave Desert was still threatening homes on Monday as it burned across more than 103,000 acres. Embers float from a burning tree in Wrightwood, California, Monday morning

An enormous wildfire that churned through mountains northeast of Los Angeles and into the Mojave Desert was still threatening homes on Monday as it burned across more than 103,000 acres. Embers float from a burning tree in Wrightwood, California, Monday morning

An enormous wildfire that churned through mountains northeast of Los Angeles and into the Mojave Desert was still threatening homes on Monday as it burned across more than 103,000 acres. Embers float from a burning tree in Wrightwood, California, Monday morning 

The Bobcat Fire is one of the largest ever in Los Angeles County and it has burned for more than two weeks. It's just 15 per cent contained

The Bobcat Fire is one of the largest ever in Los Angeles County and it has burned for more than two weeks. It's just 15 per cent contained

The Bobcat Fire is one of the largest ever in Los Angeles County and it has burned for more than two weeks. It’s just 15 per cent contained

Authorities said more than 1,700 firefighters are battling the blaze. The Angeles National Forest released a containment date of October 30

Authorities said more than 1,700 firefighters are battling the blaze. The Angeles National Forest released a containment date of October 30

Authorities said more than 1,700 firefighters are battling the blaze. The Angeles National Forest released a containment date of October 30

Firefighters battle the Bobcat Fire near Wrightwood, California. The fire has burned across a large percentage of the Angeles National Forest and threatened the historic observatories on Mount Wilson

Firefighters battle the Bobcat Fire near Wrightwood, California. The fire has burned across a large percentage of the Angeles National Forest and threatened the historic observatories on Mount Wilson

Firefighters battle the Bobcat Fire near Wrightwood, California. The fire has burned across a large percentage of the Angeles National Forest and threatened the historic observatories on Mount Wilson

Erratic winds that drove flames into the community of Juniper Hills over the weekend had died down, said US Forest Service fire spokesman Larry Smith. 

‘It’s slightly cooler too, so hopefully that will be a help to firefighters,’ Smith said.

Officials said it could be days before teams determine the scope of the destruction in the area about 50 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles.

Firefighters fought back against another flareup near Mount Wilson, which overlooks greater Los Angeles in the San Gabriel Mountains and has a historic observatory founded more than a century ago and numerous broadcast antennas serving Southern California.

The Bobcat Fire started September 6 and has doubled in size over the last week. The cause is under investigation.

The wildfire also destroyed the nature center at Devil’s Punchbowl Natural Area, a geological wonder that attracts some 130,000 visitors per year.  

The Bobcat Fire, as seen from the 105/605 interchange, continues to burn, becoming one of the largest fires in LA County history

The Bobcat Fire, as seen from the 105/605 interchange, continues to burn, becoming one of the largest fires in LA County history

The Bobcat Fire, as seen from the 105/605 interchange, continues to burn, becoming one of the largest fires in LA County history

Erratic winds that drove flames into the community of Juniper Hills (pictured on Sunday) over the weekend had died down, said US Forest Service fire spokesman Larry Smith

Erratic winds that drove flames into the community of Juniper Hills (pictured on Sunday) over the weekend had died down, said US Forest Service fire spokesman Larry Smith

Erratic winds that drove flames into the community of Juniper Hills (pictured on Sunday) over the weekend had died down, said US Forest Service fire spokesman Larry Smith

Officials said it could be days before teams determine the scope of the destruction in the area about 50 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles

Officials said it could be days before teams determine the scope of the destruction in the area about 50 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles

Officials said it could be days before teams determine the scope of the destruction in the area about 50 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles

The wildfire also destroyed the nature center at Devil's Punchbowl Natural Area (entrance pictured), a geological wonder that attracts some 130,000 visitors per year

The wildfire also destroyed the nature center at Devil's Punchbowl Natural Area (entrance pictured), a geological wonder that attracts some 130,000 visitors per year

The wildfire also destroyed the nature center at Devil’s Punchbowl Natural Area (entrance pictured), a geological wonder that attracts some 130,000 visitors per year

A wildlife sanctuary on the property was undamaged, and staff and animals had been evacuated days earlier. 

Nearly 19,000 firefighters in California are fighting more than two dozen major wildfires. 

At least 7,900 wildfires have burned more than 6,000 square miles in the state this year, including many since a mid-August barrage of dry lightning ignited parched vegetation.

Officials were investigating the death of a firefighter at another Southern California wildfire that erupted earlier this month from a smoke-generating pyrotechnic device used by a couple to reveal their baby’s gender.

The death occurred on September 17 in San Bernardino National Forest as crews battled the El Dorado Fire about 75 miles east of Los Angeles, the US Forest Service said in a statement. 

Officials confirmed that the blaze is at 59 per cent containment.

The name of the firefighter killed has not yet been released. A statement from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire, said it was the 26th death involving wildfires besieging the state. 

Authorities also have not released the identities of the couple, who could face criminal charges and be held liable for the cost of fighting the fire. 

In Wyoming, a rapidly growing wildfire in the southeastern part of the state on Sunday closed in on a reservoir that’s a major source of water for the state’s capital city, Cheyenne.

The water system remained safe and able to filter out ash and other burned material that flows through streams and reservoirs after wildfires, said Clint Bassett, water treatment manager for the Cheyenne Board of Public Utilities.

Flames have blackened a record 3.2 million acres in California alone since mid-August. Another 1.7 million acres have burned in Oregon and Washington state since Labor Day.

The blazes, described by scientists and officials as unprecedented in scope and ferocity, have largely incinerated several small towns, along with thousands of dwellings.