A bear in Sierra Madre, California, takes a dip in a neighborhood pool to escape the ongoing wildfires devastating the West Coast. The Bobcat Fire currently burns near Sierra Madre.
A Sierra Madre resident took a look outside their home to see a large bear sitting happily in their pool. They say that this isn’t uncommon right now due to the ongoing wildfires in the area.
According to the encounter, which was caught on video, the neighborhood has been seeing lots of wildlife recently. Animals like herds of deer, coyotes, as well as bears like this one, are moving into residential areas to escape the fire and cool off.
The Bobcat Fire
The Bobcat Fire, near the San Gabriel Valley foothill communities has already burnt over 55,000 acres. Evacuation orders are still in effect in Antelope Valley, among many other regions.
The blaze, which started on September 6, is only at a 9 percent containment as of this morning. The United States Forest Service hoped for full containment by October 15. However, that date has been pushed back to October 30.
The South Coast Air Quality Management District has also extended its smoke advisory through today as the smoke from numerous fires blankets the area.
The cause of the Bobcat Fire is still under investigation.
Officials warned residents living in Juniper Hill Wednesday evening to be ready to evacuate. By the next morning, the evacuation order was in place.
The current blaze is threatening places like the Mount Wilson Observatory. Mount Wilson has played a huge role in 20th-century astrophysics since being built in 1904.
Accommodations for 300 large animals are also available to evacuees at the Antelope Valley Fair Grounds.
For residents who are not under an evacuation order, officials advise residents to stay indoors, keep windows and doors closed, as well as avoiding vigorous physical activity.
[H/T abc 7]