Written by AARON CASTREJON
REGION - An evacuation warning has been issued for residents in the foothills below the Bobcat Fire, including the Duarte Mesa area, to prepare for possible evacuations, Duarte city officials have just announced.
Rapid fire growth with the Bobcat Fire, which has burned roughly 5,000 acres with little to no containment, has forced authorities to make this evacuation warning and advise residents of the foothills to consider gathering all essential items and pets and leave for designated evacuating sites, or to stay with family or friends outside the fire area, Duarte officials said in a written statement.
The Unified Incident Command Team comprised of the US Forest Service and the Los Angeles County Fire Department are urging residents to prepare in the event of evacuations.
The Duarte Mesa area rests off of Mount Olive Drive north of Woodlyn Lane in Bradbury.
Designated evacuation sites are being prepared.
“Those with large animals, horses and cattle, should begin to move those animals now. Do not wait until the Evacuation Order to ... move them out of the area. Accommodations are being made for animals at the Pomona Fairgrounds and Santa Anita Racetrack (limited capacity),” Duarte officials said.