Dolan Fire, Day 5, 8/22/20

8 pm — Dolan Incident Report:

6:30 pm — I am posting this at 6:30 pm, my first available opportunity today, but not sure when released. Note the fire has increased to 14,000 acres, but 10% containment.

Incident Overview

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Current Situation: 

Overnight point protection continued to be the focus of operations. Point protection refers to the preparation and defense of structures or other values in the fire’s path of spread. The three priorities for point protection are Hermitage, Partington Ridge and Anderson Peak communications infrastructure. As the threat diminishes and fire passes, these priorities will shift. As more resources arrive the operation will expand to include additional perimeter control operations.

Hot Shot crews are working on perimeter control on the north end of the fire off North Coast Ridge Road, where the fire had burned over the road, these firefighters are building fire line directly on the fire’s edge to prevent the possibility of further spread. Containment along the west side of the fire (10% so far) is expected to increase over the next few days as firefighters assure that the line is secure. 

The fire remained active in the areas Hermitage and Lucia, along Highway 1, overnight. The fire spread slowly as fire backed down slope. 

Today, operations will continue to focus on point protection and scouting for locations to build direct and indirect fire line. Fire spread will be mainly to the south, laterally along the coast ridge. Smoke from other fires in the area is shading the Dolan Fire. Though the smoke makes it difficult to locate the exact perimeter of the fire, it has the benefit of decreasing the direct sunlight and dampening fire behavior. In areas above the layer of smoke, or when the smoke lifts, fire behavior will become more active. As Tropical Depression Genevieve moves into the area, unstable air will likely lift the smoke layer and result in more active fire behavior. 

The fire is threatening the communities of Hermitage, Partington Ridge, and Lucia. Multiple businesses, communications sites, parks and recreational sites are also threatened. Among natural resources threatened are the Ventana Wilderness and coastal watershed and habitat for threatened and endangered species, including the California condor. 

Fire activity in the western United States has caused a high demand for fire personnel and equipment. The nation is in Preparedness Level 5 (PL5), the highest level. In PL5 over 80% of the nation’s incident management teams and wildland firefighting personnel are committed to incidents. Resource orders are being prioritized to fires across California and the west. Aircraft that can map a fire using infrared imagery used to determine acreage have not yet flown the fire. Acreage reported here is an estimate and will be updated when IR images are available.

Carmel Fire Info:

River Fire Info: 

Updates and Meetings: Fire Information is producing two daily written updates. To request an update, email and provide your email address. A daily video update will be posted to the Los Padres National Forest Facebook page and Inciweb (See links in header). Additionally, a live online community meeting will be held on the Los Padres National Forest Facebook page today at 2:00 p.m. 

Weather: Moisture from Tropical Depression Genevieve will bring mostly cloudy skies and cooler temperatures to the area today. A Fire Weather Watch has been issued from Sunday at 11:00 a.m. through Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. due to a potential for Thunderstorms.

Evacuations / Closures: Click here for an interactive map of Monterey County evacuations. 

The closure of Highway 1 has changed. The highway is now closed near mile marker 38/Troy (Torre) Canyon on the north and Hermitage on the south.

Smoke: The Monterey Bay Air Resources District has issued a Wildfire Air Quality Advisory. When the concentration of smoke has reached UNHEALTHY levels of the AQI, residents should limit their activity by staying indoors with the doors and windows closed to avoid breathing smoke.  Updates on the current air quality forecast and Air Monitoring data can be found at

Alert Monterey County: To receive emergency notifications regarding evacuations and critical events in Monterey County please sign up for A!ert Monterey County at the following website.

Safety Message: Area residents are encouraged to prepare for the approach of fire in advance. Go to to learn how to prepare. 

Incident Information

Basic Information

Current as of8/22/2020, 10:34:29 AM
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginTuesday August 18th, 2020 approx. 08:15 PM
LocationHighway 1(MM 32.20) North of Limekiln State Park, 10 miles South of Big Sur
Incident CommanderMike Minton, CA IMT Team 2 in unified command with Big Sur Fire
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates36.123 latitude, -121.602 longitude 

Current Situation

Total Personnel400
Size14,000 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained10%
Estimated Containment DateWednesday September 02nd, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels InvolvedChaparral (6 feet)Brush (2 feet)Timber (Grass and Understory)
Significant EventsActiveFlankingGroup Torching


Planned ActionsCrews in all divisions will continue to verify location, scout for opportunities to construct direct/indirect control lines, and evaluate need for point protection and structure defense. 
Projected Incident ActivityFire will continue to burn in the Ventana Wilderness. Fire is taking advantage of slope driven runs and dry fuel, moving up and down canyons, spotting and making erratic runs, fire movement in all directions, ie. west, south, north, and east. 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.

Current Weather

Weather ConcernsMoisture from Tropical Depression Genevieve will bring mostly cloudy skies and cooler temperatures to the area today. A Fire Weather Watch has been issued from Sunday at 11:00 a.m. through Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. due to a potential for Thunderstorms.

Recent Articles

Dolan Fire Emergency Area ClosureClosure – 3 hrs. agoDolan Fire Morning Update, August 22, 2020News – 8 hrs. agoCentral Coast Fires Smoke Outlook, August 22 and 23News – 10 hrs. agoDolan Fire Evening Update, August 21, 2020News – 21 hrs. ago

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Incident Cooperators

5 PM — I know things have been scattered here today, because I was trying to take the day off, to get away from the heat and smoke, and the stress. So I went to town. Most of you understand. I posted a couple things I thought were important, but because I was on my tiny iPhone, I couldn’t explain what I was doing. I will be back within the hour to bring things up to date and organize as best I can, but I have to put the groceries away, feed the dogs, water the plants, and other wise take care of life. Going down the mountain to do a supply run allowed me first hand views of what is going on here on the south end of the fire. Be patient.



`12:45 — Good inews the National Guard is being mobilized to come to help CA as of 10 AM. The NIFC — National Interagency Fire Center is mobilizing.

Recent Incidents (Prepared 08/22/2020 12:45)
DateInc #NameTypeLocationWebCommentResourcesICFuelsAcresLat/LonTRSStatus
08/22/2020 09:59LPF-24612020 NIFC Military MobilizationResource Order.........


First, breathe a sigh of relief for the Hermitage, it is fine, things are quite good there, and they have a hot shot crew imbedded for the duration.


7:30 AM — *Please check back throughout the day for update, or refresh your browser window if you are keeping it open.

Public Information Phone:
 (831) 272-0222

Incident E-mail:

Incident Website:

For Carmel/River Fire, see Here   

This is the link for the county created interactive evacuations map for all three fires. You can enter an address and find out the status. Nice job MoCo! Thank you.

On a personal note, I am taking a day to cool off and breathe some hopefully cleaner air today, so I will be on and off as signal and circumstances provide.


First up, John Chesnut’s map for you:

I will remind people that the way John does his maps is that each day is outlined. Day 1 is a small octogon shape in white barely visible anymore, Day 2 is in green, Day 3 is in red, day 4 is yellow and today has just begun.

From the deck of the Redwood School last night by David Halterman

9 thoughts on “Dolan Fire, Day 5, 8/22/20

  1. Thank you for all that you are doing to keep people informed!! Stay safe, and healthy!!

  2. Does anyone have news about Partington Ridge Road and what the outlook might be please?

  3. I drove down to the Highway 1 closure at Partington about an hour ago. There is dense white smoke, but no flames in sight.

  4. Thank you for your diligence in providing information Kate. Thankful for the hopeful news regarding the Hermitage.

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