Firefighter missing at wildfire outside Los Angeles

The wind whips embers from the Joshua trees burning in the Bobcat Fire in Juniper Hills Calif. Friday Sept. 18 2020

Their efforts were successful, and on Tuesday night the Angeles National Forest tweeted: "While there is still much work to be done in southwest and in the northern sections of the fire, your firefighters did incredible work around Mt. Wilson today".

"Welcome home to Arcadia", the city tweeted Wednesday night.

The sheriff added: "They had packed their belongings in preparation to evacuate but later decided not to evacuate based on erroneous information that the fire was 51 per cent contained".

With lights and sirens on, two squads of Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deputies rolled out Thursday afternoon to assist in the fast-growing Bobcat Fire that prompted new evacuations in the Antelope Valley.

The Bobcat Fire, which started on September 6, scorched 41,231 acres (around 166.8 square km) with only 3 percent containment as of Tuesday morning, according to InciWeb, an interagency all-risk incident web information management system. In the nearby Cooper Canyon area, air tankers have been deployed to help contain a large spot fire north of Highway 2.

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Evacuation orders have been lifted for residents in the East Fork area, which includes Camp Williams and the River Community Center. Residents are advised to enter through Gate 5.

Mr Honea told reporters on Tuesday: "After speaking to family members, it is believed the pair was aware of the fire in the area".

Evacuation orders remain for parts of Sierra Madre and Arcadia due to the blaze.

Learn more about why we need to protect this historic SoCal landmark on "Lost LA" S4 E5: Discovering the Universe - Exploring the Cosmos Atop Mount Wilson. Temperatures in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles reached 116 degrees (46 Celsius) for the second day in a row, forecasters said. Mount Wilson Road was closed from state Route 2 to Mount Wilson.

The fire has scorched some 41,000 acres of the San Gabriel Mountains since erupting on September 6, belching smoke and ash over much of the greater Los Angeles area for over a week and forcing evacuations of several communities at the foot of the mountains. Officials had earlier estimated full containment by October 15 but revised that date on Sunday. The zoo plans to open Saturday, and urged people who purchased tickets during the closure period to visit the facility's website to reschedule. As a local, she said the loss hits on a personal level. The cause of the blaze remained under investigation, according to FOX11. A total of 25 people have died in California so far, according to the Cal Fire authority, most in the fire dubbed the "North Complex", which burns near another area devastated in 2018.


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