Bobcat fire grows to 91,000 acres as buildings burn

The Bobcat Fire burning in the Angeles National Forest and Antelope Valley grew by almost 19,000 acres late Friday and early Saturday, Sept. 19, as additional evacuation orders and warnings were issued.

Homes in Juniper Hills, Paradise Springs, Devil’s Punchbowl and other communities in the northern part of the Angeles National Forest and southern part of the Antelope Valley were under evacuation orders.

Evacuation orders were issued Friday for residents:

• north of Avenue X, south of Pearblossom Highway, east of 155th Street East and west of 165th Street East;

• south of Pearblossom Highway, north of Big Pines Highway, west of Largo Vista Road and east of 165th Street East;

• south of East Avenue V, north of Fort Tejon Road, west of 121st Street East and east of 87th Street East;

• south of East Avenue U-12, north of East Avenue W-14, west of 165th Street East, and east of 121st Street East;

• south of Fort Tejon Road, west of Longview Road, north of Colley Place, east of 89th Street, as well as south of East Avenue W- 14, west of 165th Street East, north of Tumpleweed Road and east of Longview Road

• east of Highway 39, south of East Fork Road, west of Glendora Mountain Road and north of Glendora Ridge Road.

“Numerous evacuation orders and warnings were issued today as the fire continued to make an aggressive push on the north, western and eastern edge,” the U.S. Forest Service reported Friday night. The number of homes affected was not available from the Sheriff’s Department.

The fire was 15% contained Saturday. Some 91,017 acres had burned.

“Juniper Hills north to Longview is being threatened by fire, structure protection is in place,” the U.S. Forest Service said Friday afternoon. Broadcast reports from the scene showed structures that appeared to be homes burning in the Juniper Hills area, but the U.S. Forest Service could not confirm.

Structures have been damaged and losses were expected, Vince Pena, unified incident commander with the Los Angeles County Fire Department, said Friday night.

The fire exploded in size Friday, growing by more than 17,000 acres making a “hard push to the west and north” as wind gusts reached 44 mph, the U.S. Forest Service reported.

A Red Cross evacuation center has been set up at Palmdale High School.

The Bobcat Fire erupted on Sept. 6 near the Cogswell Dam and West Fork Day Use area northeast of Mount Wilson and within the Angeles National Forest. The cause remains under investigation.

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