Update: September 19, 2020
The #BobcatFire devastating destruction has burned #LACOUNTYPARKS Nature Center at the Devil’s Punchbowl Natural Area. Animals had been evacuated earlier in the week; no animals or staff are hurt.
#LACOUNTYPARKS is deeply saddened of this loss. The Devil’s Punchbowl is a beloved natural area visited by over 130,000 park guests each year. It is a unique 1,310-acre geological wonder where visitors walk, hike, enjoy horseback rides and stargaze, to name a few favorites. The Nature Center provided programming of native wildlife and park history; it was truly a gem of education for our youth and residents of the County.
Remarkably, the Wildlife Sanctuary staff office appears to have survived, with several pinyon pines, junipers and manzanita trees surrounding the park area. May this serve as a beacon of hope.
We will assess the conditions of the structures and further damage to the area when we are allowed access to the site. Our local heroes-firefighters continue to work day and night to take down the multiple fires.