Dolan Fire, Day 3, 8/20/20

5 PM — I just got a call from one of the lead PIOs for the USFS Dolan Fire. His name is Michael Lindbery. He has been PIO here before, he was on the Kirk-Hare, the Basin, the Soberanes, and all those in between. He will be providing me, and others, with a daily update twice a day. They are also arranging to do live briefings on FB similar to what Cal Fire is doing on the River and the Carmel Fires. He also understands that live in person updates may be necessary for this community given our unique challenges. It will take a few days to get this all up and running, so be patient. I am very grateful he is reaching out to us community members to make sure we have the communication we need. I provided the email contact (I’ll have to find it and create a sticky post with all the contact info on it for Dolan, as there will also be a public phone number contact number two. Right now the team is coming on at 0600 hours. Logistics is looking at 3 different sites for a base camp and I will be notified when that happens. So stay tuned.

4:15 PM — Going door-to-door on Partington for mandatory evacuation. Dave Smiley says this is NOT happening. My source heard it on the scanner, so I don’t know.

Have heard from the Hermitage that the fire has jumped Vicente Creek now (which you can see it starting to do in this photo).And that the Hermitage is under mandatory evacuation now. Also heard Lucia is as well.

This taken Looking north at Gamboa ridge from south side of Vicente creek. “I am at the fire. We are calling it roughly 6,700 acres. It still hasn’t reached Coast Ridge Road, but mostly will today. A lot of effort is going in to protecting the structures and the Hermitage.” (A firefighter’s story and photo) Tim Short tells me we are transitioning to a Type 1 fire team.

Noon — new info on inciweb. First, Dolan is currently at 6,700 acres and is 0 % Contained.

Incident Information

Basic Information

Current as of8/20/2020, 11:52:33 AM
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnknown
Date of OriginTuesday August 18th, 2020 approx. 08:15 PM
Location6 miles North of Limekiln State Park, 10 miles south of Big Sur
Incident CommanderPete Harris,US Forest Service, Incident Commander
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates36.123 latitude, -121.602 longitude 

Current Situation

Total Personnel232
Size6,700 Acres
Estimated Containment DateWednesday September 02nd, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels InvolvedChaparral (6 feet)Brush (2 feet)Timber (Grass and Understory)
Significant EventsExtreme Long-range spotting, short-range spotting, running

Outlook

Planned ActionsFull suppresion and structure point protection. Build direct and indirect contingency line.
Projected Incident ActivityFire is burning in the Ventana wilderness. Fire is moving up and down canyons, spotting and making erratic runs, evacuations with structure protection on the North and South of fire. Fire will continue to burn in the Ventana Wilderness. Area tends to burn actively in the evening hours driven by mid-slope thermal weather activity. Concern that the smoke inversion will lift and the fire activity will increase.Forestcast for hot and dry weather. Anticipate Fire to continue to actively burn, spot, run and increase in size.
RemarksSmoke Inversion existed all day over the fire. Unable to fly Fixed or Rotor wing over the fire.Concern of fire movement to Highway 1. Presently Hwy. 1 is closed from Pfeiffer State Park at the North to Ragged Point at the South.Communities of Lucia, Partington Ridge, Big Creek Reserve and Camboa Point face potential evacuation.

Current Weather

Weather ConcernsContinued Hot and Dry weather pattern. Potential for previous days lightning to produce new starts in the area.

11:45 pm — Just received a text from Brendon that there is now a “suggested” evacuation of Lucia. I am going to venture a guess that this is an evacuation warning. I know Partington Ridge got one last night.

The USFS is back behind the Hermitage cutting a line all around us and Lucia. (From Brendon at the Hermitage.)

AKABoras from Castro Slope
AKABoras from Castro Slope this am
Dolan Fire from Gamboa Point by David Halterman about 10pm

8:00 am — this post will be updated through out the day. USFS managed fires are harder to get info on than Cal Fire ones, but here is what the USFS has posted, and where they post. It has not yet been updated since 10 pm last night. https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7018/

The Dolan Fire started at 8:15pm on Tuesday, August 18, 2020. The location is approximately 6 miles north of Limekiln State Park, 10 miles south of Big Sur. The fire actively burned throughout the night, running through Hot Springs Canyon and is now burning in Big Creek Canyon.The east side of Dolan Canyon was evacuated. Highway 1 is closed between Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Ragged Point. The fire is burning in the Ventana Wilderness. It is currently at 2,500 acres. The cause is unknown and under investigation. There are 232 personnel on the fire. There are (6) handcrews that include 3 hotshot crews, (1) Type 2 helicopter, (15) engines and (2) water tenders.

Incident Information

Basic Information

Current as of8/19/2020, 10:02:54 PM
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnknown
Date of OriginTuesday August 18th, 2020 approx. 08:15 PM
Location6 miles North of Limekiln State Park, 10 miles south of Big Sur
Incident CommanderPete Harris,US Forest Service, Incident Commander
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates36.123 latitude, -121.602 longitude 

Current Situation

Total Personnel232
Size2,500 Acres
Estimated Containment DateWednesday September 02nd, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels InvolvedChaparral (6 feet)Brush (2 feet)Timber (Grass and Understory)
Significant EventsExtreme Long-range spotting, short-range spotting, running

Outlook

Planned ActionsFull suppresion and structure point protection. Build direct and indirect contingency line.
Projected Incident ActivityFire is burning in the Ventana wilderness. Fire is moving up and down canyons, spotting and making erratic runs, evacuations with structure protection on the North and South of fire. Fire will continue to burn in the Ventana Wilderness. Area tends to burn actively in the evening hours driven by mid-slope thermal weather activity. Concern that the smoke inversion will lift and the fire activity will increase.Forestcast for hot and dry weather. Anticipate Fire to continue to actively burn, spot, run and increase in size.
RemarksSmoke Inversion existed all day over the fire. Unable to fly Fixed or Rotor wing over the fire.Concern of fire movement to Highway 1. Presently Hwy. 1 is closed from Pfeiffer State Park at the North to Ragged Point at the South.Communities of Lucia, Partington Ridge, Big Creek Reserve and Camboa Point face potential evacuation.

Current Weather

Weather ConcernsContinued Hot and Dry weather pattern. Potential for previous days lightning to produce new starts in the area.

National Fire Interagency maps can be found here: https://maps.nwcg.gov/sa/#/%3F/EditLayerSatelliteFireDetections/36.3523/-121.4401/10

The yellow dots are the oldest fire detections, the red, the newest. Remember there can be false readings, and other areas where fire is not detected. Use these for general information, not for a very specific spot.

John Chesnut’s map

Generally, John outlines the fire’s parameters, and like here, the 24 hour prior outline is in blue, and current is in red. Thank you, John.

Below photos by Jon Knight (and no, the fire is not on both sides of the road)

Report from Rhea this am: “Good morning, We just went up to Gamboa to have a look and we talked to the crew chief for a while. The fire wasn’t that active overnight, marks place on circle m was saved, it burned through most of whale point and it made a run up the ridge behind circle m, but it hit the grass line and slowed way down. It’s still trying to get back into devils, but the north west winds slowed it down a lot last night. The dozer crew is supposed to show up this morning and start opening up the road behind here. Surge also showed him the old line just south of Gamboa and he said he’d send hand crews up there today. He said that crews will start assessing homes and structures in Lucia today too. Tried to take some pics, but there wasn’t much to see.”

4 thoughts on “Dolan Fire, Day 3, 8/20/20

  1. Thank you so much for keeping us posted on this. I hope your friends made it to safety, that;s been heavily on my mind.

  2. I hope they can keep the fire West of the North Coast Ridge Road, if it goes over the NCRR we will have another ‘Big Box’ fire that will burn all summer and coat another $200,000,000.

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