City of Monrovia Advises Non-Residents to Avoid Areas Above Foothill as Bobcat Fire Grows to 36K Acres

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The City of Monrovia advises non-residents to avoid areas above Foothill Boulevard to ensure that if an evacuation order is issued in response to the Bobcat Fire, residents can evacuate and streets are easily accessible for public safety crews.

Last week, the City of Monrovia received reports of vehicles blocking traffic in residential neighborhoods, creating public safety concerns and even delaying fire engines from reaching their intended destination. These traffic jams were caused by people traveling to the areas north of Foothill Boulevard to observe and photograph the fire. 

The Monrovia Police Department has established roadblocks throughout the planned evacuation routes to discourage visitors from impeding potential evacuation routes. Those travelling through will be asked to show ID or proof of residence for access to areas highlighted on the evacuation map.

Residents north of Foothill Boulevard and east of Santa Anita Avenue remain under an evacuation warning. Evacuation warnings remain in effect for the foothill communities of Monrovia, Bradbury, Sierra Madre, Altadena, Duarte and Pasadena.

As of Monday, the Bobcat Fire has grown to 36,366 acres and remains 6% contained.

A mandatory evacuation order has been issued for all residents north of Elkins Avenue and east of Santa Anita Avenue in the City of Arcadia and portions of Sierra Madre. Residents are advised to evacuate the area using Santa Anita Avenue. San Gabriel Canyon including Camp Williams remains under an evacuation order. A Red Cross evacuation center has been established at Santa Anita Park, located at 285 W. Huntington Drive, Arcadia, CA, 91007. Residents are advised to enter through Gate 5.

To stay informed on the Bobcat Fire, visit the City online at cityofmonrovia.org/BobcatFire.

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