Dolan Fire, Day 13, 8/30/20

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DOLAN PUBLIC FIRE INFORMATION SOURCES:
Public Information Phone: (831) 272-0222

Incident E-mail: 2020.Dolan@firenet.gov

Incident Website: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7018

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. https://www.co.monterey.ca.us/government/departments-a-h/administrative-office/office-of-emergency-services/response/2020-fires

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AUGUST 30, 2020 8:00 AMPublic Information Phone: (831) 272-0222Media Information Phone: (831) 272-0221Incident E-mail: 2020.Dolan@firenet.govIncident Website: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7018 Los Padres National Forestwww.fs.usda.gov/lpnfFacebook: facebook.com/lospadresnationalforestTwitter: twitter.com/LosPadresNFBig Sure FD: bigsurfire.org/

Incident Information:Start / Report Date: Aug. 18, 2020 Size: 27,936 Containment: 25%Cause: UnknownLocation: Hwy 1(MM32.20) N of Limekiln State Park, 10 miles S of Big SurFuels Involved: Chaparral, Brush, Timber understoryInjuries: 0

Resources:Hand Crews: 16Engines: 77Dozers: 9 Helicopters: 10Water Tenders: 25 Total Personnel: 1,025 

Current Situation:Today, a smoke inversion on top of the typical marine layer combined to reduce fire behavior throughout the fire area. Crews made progress on the north edge of the fire along McWay Ridge and are cautiously optimistic that they will be able to hold the fire to that ridge. Work is still required in the area to manage the fire activity and the unburned vegetation that remains at risk of igniting and escaping the established perimeter. Once this area is secured resources will be moved to the southeast, the next tactical priority. The fire on the east side continued its spread further into the Ventana Wilderness.  The fire is actively burning on Twin Peaks Ridge, above Limekiln State Park and at the base of Cone Peak. Preparation work began today along Nacimiento Fergusson Road as firefighters prepare for the eventual southern spread of the fire. Work on the containment line which parallels the fire’s southern perimeter, protecting the Hermitage and the community of Lucia has been completed and plans are being created for suppression repair work. Much of the fire along the southwester perimeter has been contained. Crews will be patrolling the contained line to assure that any hotspots will be located and extinguished. Highway 1 has a section that is still burning on the east side of the highway in very steep terrain. Crews are monitoring the area to prevent the fire from spreading to the west side of the road, but given the rugged terrain, they are unable to get close to the burn. Large debris continues to roll onto, and across, the freeway. Patrols are watching for hazardous rolling material and removing it from the road.
The fire poses a risk to multiple businesses, parks, recreational sites, and communication infrastructure as well as the communities of Hermitage and Lucia in the south, and Partington Ridge in the north. Among natural resources threatened are the Ventana Wilderness, coastal watershed, and habitat for threatened and endangered species, including the California condor. 
Dolan Fire California Interagency Incident Management Team 2 Public Information Phone: 831-272-0222 Media Information Phone: 831-272-0221 Incident E-mail: 2020.Dolan@firenet.gov Incident Website: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7018

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August 30, 2020 Morning 
Public Information Phone(831)272-0222 Los Padres National Forestwww.fs.usda.gov/lpnf  
Media Information Phone(831)272-0221 Facebookfacebook.com/lospadresnationalforest 
Incident E-mail2020.Dolan@firenet.gov Twittertwitter.com/LosPadresNF 
Incident Websiteinciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7018 Big Sur FDhttps://bigsurfire.org/ 

Incident Information: 

Start / Report Date: Aug. 18, 2020 
Size: 25,587 
Containment: 25% 
Cause: Unknown Location: Hwy 1(MM32.20) N of Limekiln State Park, 10 miles S of Big Sur 
Injuries: 0 

Fuels Involved: Chaparral, Brush, Timber understory 

Resources: 

Hand Crews: 17 

Engines: 89 

Dozers: 10 

Helicopters: 8 

Water Tenders: 29  
Total Personnel: 1,055 

  Current Situation: 

Last night firefighters continued to work in the steep terrain along McWay Ridge to establish fireline. Patches and lines of unburnt vegetation remain, and crews are keeping a close eye on fire activity. Crews are making good progress and are cautiously optimistic, but the containment lines will be tested by hot and dry weather that is forecasted to come in this afternoon and over the next few days. Air operations will be used when visibility allows, typically in the afternoons.  

Good progress was made on the containment line around Hermitage last overnight. Firefighters continue to assess the fire behavior and plan for the southeast line in the Twin Peak and Cone Peak area. Crews will work along Nacimiento-Fergusson Road to prepare the road as a potential fireline. 

Crews made progress along Highway 1 overnight and will continue work to fully contain the perimeter along the highway. The road remains closed because of the risk of the fire spreading to the west side and falling debris. The fire could ignite on the west side due to rolling materials or if the fire travels down underpasses and drainages. The east perimeter progressed today, traveling further into the Ventana Wilderness. 

The fire poses a risk to multiple businesses, parks, recreational sites, and communication infrastructure as well as the communities of Hermitage and Lucia in the south, and Partington Ridge in the north. Among natural resources threatened are the Ventana Wilderness, 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 at the highest level, Preparedness Level 5 (PL5). In PL5 over 80% of the nation’s incident management teams and wildland firefighting personnel are committed to incidents. Currently, there are 73 large uncontained fires nationwide. Fires have burned over 3.9 million acres with over 1.2 million acres burned in California alone. Resource orders are being prioritized to fires across the west. Acreage reported here is an estimate and will be updated when IR images are available. 

Dolan Fire 

California Interagency Incident Management Team 2 

Public Information Phone: 831-272-0222 

Media Information Phone: 831-272-0221 

Incident E-mail: 2020.Dolan@firenet.gov 

Incident Website: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7018

And here we are almost two weeks in to this fire. Just a reminder that the current ICM team 2 will be cycling out on Day 14 of their duty (not of fire). They will be doing the transition to the new team in in the next few days. There are several teams who are available, but they didn’t know which is going to be assigned as of yesterday.

***OPS SAYS NO FIRE ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF CONE PEAK*** They have a crew up there today installing communications.

If it ever clears today, I will be able to tell.

As we complete the second week of this fire, it appears the fire has crested Cone Peak. I can’t say for sure due to smokey conditions. Ops says no it hasn’t. I’ve been wrong before…and while I try not to make mistakes like this, I still do occasionally.

John Chesnut’s heat maps are below. John reminds us that : Heavy smoke inversion might spread the satellite detectable heat,  and “smear” the location,  I stripped off the “Satellite detections can overestimate perimeter” but should probably add it back in. Also note it looks like the Hermitage may be surrounded, but remember, these may be firing operations undertaken to protect those hallowed grounds. Nacimiento-Fergusson Road won’t be opening any time soon.

On the other hand, the north end of Dolan is looking pretty good.

3 thoughts on “Dolan Fire, Day 13, 8/30/20

  1. Thank you for being patiently persistently and accurate in your daily reports to our community!

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