Bobcat Fire Smolders in Angeles National Forest, 92% Contained

Bobcat Fire Continues To Burn In Southern California

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The Bobcat Fire burning in the Angeles National Forest was 92% contained this morning after burning 115,796 acres.

The fire was reported near Cogswell Dam in the Angeles National Forest at 12:21 p.m. on Sept. 6.

The blaze has destroyed 171 structures, including 87 residences, and damaged 47 structures, including 28 residences. The Nature Center at the Devil's Punchbowl Natural Area was destroyed, according to Los Angeles County parks officials.

An investigation is underway to determine if the fire was sparked by vegetation coming into contact with a Southern California Edison overhead conductor.

SCE told the California Public Utilities Commission that their equipment showed some kind of out-of-the-ordinary condition on a circuit at about 12:15 p.m. and said it is working to determine if ``vegetation may have encroached within the minimum clearance distance or contacted the section of the overhead conductor retained by the USFS.''

A camera at Mount Wilson captured smoke in the area as early as 12:10 p.m.

On Sept. 16, SCE removed a 23-foot-long line of the conductor for the U.S. Forest Service to use in their investigation.

Forest Service investigators have not discussed the details of the investigation with SCE.

All evacuation orders have been canceled and most roads have been reopened, with the exception of Big Santa Anita Rd (the Chantry Road).

The cost of fighting the fire has not been determined.

A map, compiled from ongoing field damage inspection and subject to change, can be viewed at

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