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Arcadia Requests Voluntary Evacuations, Declares Local Emergency

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Continued warm and dry conditions along with Santa Ana winds are expected contribute to active burning with erratic fire behavior Wednesday. – Courtesy photo / Twitter, @Angeles_NF

Voluntarily evacuation notice for residents north of Foothill Boulevard and east of Santa Anita Avenue

Tuesday night, the City of Arcadia asked residents north of Foothill Boulevard and east of Santa Anita Avenue to voluntarily evacuate as forecasts anticipated strong winds during the overnight hours and into Wednesday morning.

Although there was no immediate threat of fire to Arcadia residences at the time, predictive modeling of both the weather and the Bobcat Fire suggested that circumstances could become more concerning overnight. Affected residents were asked to consider relocating for the evening to a family member’s house, hotel, or other temporary living arrangement if possible.

The announcement came as the Unified Incident Command of the Angeles National Forest, Los Angeles County Fire Department, Monrovia Fire Department and the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department directed the residents of Duarte, Bradbury, Monrovia, Arcadia, Sierra Madre, Pasadena and Altadena below the Bobcat Fire to prepare to evacuate, as the fire continued to grow rapidly Tuesday night. The evacuation warnings were still in place Wednesday morning as the fire grew to 11,456 acres and remained at 0% containment.

The American Red Cross Los Angeles Region has opened an evacuation point at Santa Anita Park (285 W. Huntington Dr., Arcadia, CA 91007) for those affected by the Bobcat Fire. The evacuation point is a rest site for residents to gather and assess their needs and for the Red Cross to present lodging options. Residents can access the evacuation point at Santa Anita Park via the Gate 5 entrance on Huntington Drive.

The City of Arcadia continues to monitor the situation and will notify residents of a mandatory evacuation if conditions change. The City of Arcadia Emergency Operations Center has been activated at its lowest level. The city manager has issued a Declaration of Local Emergency paving the way for the city to enact emergency provisions in response to the fire. Arcadia Fire Department crews continue to conduct patrol and surveillance of the foothill areas.

A hotline has been established at (626) 574-5463 for the most current and up-to-date information regarding the fire’s impact on Arcadia.

For the latest information on the Bobcat Fire, visit:

September 9, 2020

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