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Firefighters Say Bobcat Fire Is 84 Percent Contained, But Spots Around Mt. Wilson Still Burning Themselves Out

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The Bobcat Fire is now 84 percent contained, according to fire officials, but on Saturday remaining spots of brush continued to burn themselves out around Mount Wilson, sending a visible amount of smoke into the air above the Angeles National Forest.

However, officials said the burn is within containment lines in steep terrain that firefighters cannot access, so fire crews are allowing those spots to burn out on their own.

Public Information Officer Jim Innes said that while temperates are not as high as they have been recently, the low humidity levels make for bad fire conditions.

"The fuel moistures are at historic lows, so our position here is, it's a sleeping dragon in a way," Innes said. "We're always wary that there could be a start at any time. So, we're certainly not letting our guard down."

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Innes said firefighters are monitoring the remaining fuel that's burning around Mount Wilson, but that overall it's not a bad thing since it's an "internal burn" within containment lines and after that fuel burns, they won't need to worry about remaining fuel igniting.

The Bobcat Fire has burned close to 115 thousand acres, and approximately six thousand homes remain threatened.


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