Bobcat fire containment doubles overnight

Firefighters were able to get containment of the Bobcat fire up to 38% by Wednesday morning, Sept. 23, more than twice what it was the day before, authorities said.

So far, it has blackened an estimated 113,307 acres.

“Containment more than doubled to 38%, thanks to days of strenuous fire-line construction by firefighters working in challenging conditions,” the Angeles National Forest said on Twitter.

Containment is the percentage of the fire’s perimeter that has been halted by firefighters’ work or an obstacle such as a road or a body of water.

MAP: Where the Bobcat fire is burning in the San Gabriel Mountains

The Los Angeles County Fire Department says it has stopped the Bobcat in the foothills above Duarte, Sierra Madre and Bradbury and to the east.

The Bobcat is not contained to the west and toward Antelope Valley.

The Bobcat is the second-largest fire in Los Angeles County history, second only to the Station fire in 2009. That massive blaze rolled through 160,577 acres, also in the Angeles National Forest.

Fire officials do not expect the Bobcat to get that large, anticipating full containment by Sept. 30 and perhaps capping off at about 125,000 acres.

On Tuesday, fire crews worked, again, to protecting Mount Wilson from the pesky blaze.

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