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Morning Briefing: Bobcat Fire Spreads Rapidly

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A home burns as the sun sets behind smoke and flames during the Bobcat Fire on September 18 in Juniper Hills. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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Good morning, L.A.

The weekend brought more flames and smoke as the Bobcat fire spread to nearly 100,000 acres, driven by gusts of wind up to 44 miles per hour.

"The fire behavior that we're getting in this fire and throughout the state of California is unprecedented,” said L.A. County Fire Chief Daryl Osby at a news conference Saturday night. “It's very important that when your local law enforcement comes through, or your local firefighters come through, please make sure that you evacuate."

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New mandatory evacuations were ordered, including for folks living in the foothills north of the blaze. There was some good news too, though – residents of evacuated areas in Arcadia, Sierra Madre, Monrovia, Duarte and Bradbury were able to return home.

Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A. today, and stay safe out there.

Jessica P. Ogilvie


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The Past 24 Hours In LA

Wildfires: The Bobcat fire has burned 99,428 acres in the Angeles National Forest and is at 15% containment. The El Dorado fire has burned 22,489 acres in the San Bernardino Forest and is at 59% containment.

Coronavirus Updates: L.A. County public health officials on Sunday confirmed 991 new cases of the coronavirus and 23 new deaths attributed to the disease, bringing the total in the county to 260,797 positive cases and 6,353 deaths.


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Friends, family and community members arrive to celebrate Mary Louise Sayles' 100th birthday in Compton, where Sayles has been a resident since 1951, working as a cosmetologist.

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