Dolan Fire, Day 15, 9/1/20


September 1, 2020 Evening 
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: 31,005 
Containment: 35% 
Cause: Unknown 

Location: Hwy 1(MM32.20) N of Limekiln State Park, 10 miles S of Big Sur 
Injuries: 3 

Fuels Involved: Chaparral, Brush, Timber understory 

Resources: 

Hand Crews: 111 

Engines: 66 

Dozers: 8 

Helicopters: 10 

Water Tenders: 22 

Structures Destroyed:  8  

Total Personnel:  904 

 Current Situation: 
Today saw minimal forward movement in most of the fire area. Much of the fire is currently backing down slopes, burning vegetation at a much lower intensity. The primary cause of the fire expansion was rolling material (burning logs and vegetation) moving off the extremely steep slopes and igniting unburned fuels below. Crews continued to build contingency lines both by hand and with dozers in the south area of the fire. Much of the northern line is now contained and helicopters were able to do some water drops on the eastern most flank of the fire in the Ventana Wilderness. Suppression repair work also began today in the Lucia area.  
 Crews continued work along the north section of the fire, patrolling and putting out hot spots near the containment lines along McWay Ridge at North Coast Ridge Road. The line has been completed and unburned vegetation has been fired out. Firefighters have also completed clearing of vegetation and other fuels around infrastructure in the Partington area. Much of this area is now contained and crews are moving to other priorities. 
 The southern containment lines near Lucia are holding well and suppression repair work has begun in this area. A contingency line south of Prewitt Ridge between South Coast Ridge Road and Highway 1 and a half mile south of Alms Ridge was started. Crews continued to work on the primary indirect containment line north of Naciemento Ferguson Road and along the road to Cone Peak. Both dozers and hand crews are being used to build this line on “No Name Ridge” which runs east and west to Highway 1 from the Cone Peak Road.  
 The east side of the fire continues to burn further into the Ventana Wilderness. Helicopters were able to do some water drops in the Lost Valley area today once the smoke cleared in the late afternoon. The fire is primarily backing in this area and crews hope to build hand line along the fire perimeter, going direct, to minimize the fire size and expansion. The crews will remain out near the fire’s edge (spiking out) and staying in this area for several days at a time. The heavy smoke and haze prevented hand crews from being dropped into this area today, but the plan is to get crews into the wilderness as soon as possible now that the northern perimeter is contained and excellent progress is being made on the southern edge of the fire. 
 An excessive heat watch has been issued for this area and temperatures are expected to be in the 90’s along the coast and low hundreds inland from Friday through Monday afternoon. Winds are forecast to remain mild. Fire activity is expected to increase with this change in weather conditions and firefighting operations are being adjusted as necessary to ensure continued and increased containment throughout the weekend.   

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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Here is the evening John Chesnut map. Is looking pretty good for those of us on the South Coast. High fog, no or light winds…. a sigh of temporary relief because a serious heatwave is on the way.

Fire truck just came through here, then a truck (gray?) full of firefighters and warned me three dozers and 1 road grader coming through here. One and 1/2 hours later, they came back through going down with an SUV between them (maybe an evacuee? I didn’t recognize the vehicle).

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Cannot see anything this morning due to the smoke, so relying on John Chesnut’s maps. And our weather report for this next week is not good. From John Lindsey: “A ridge of high pressure will take its place over California   starting on Wednesday. This condition will allow for  temperatures to rise throughout our region and the afternoon northwesterly winds along the coastline to increase to strong to gale-force (25 to 38 mph) levels on Thursday through Monday.”

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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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September 1, 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: 29,550  
Containment: 25% 
Location: Hwy 1(MM32.20) N of Limekiln State Park, 10 miles S of Big Sur 
Injuries: 0 
Cause: Unknown 

Fuels Involved: Chaparral, Brush, Timber understory 

Resources: 

Hand Crews: 14 

Engines: 65 

Dozers: 8 

Helicopters: 11 

Water Tenders: 25  

Total Personnel:  933 

 Current Situation: 

Overnight fire activity was minimal. Today’s weather forecasts a low lying marine inversion, suppressing fire activity below 1200 feet in elevation.  Above 1200 feet weather is expected to be warmer and drier with light east, southeast winds in the morning and winds out of the northwest in the afternoon. 

Crews reinforced containment lines on the north side of the fire overnight and completed indirect line construction and infrastructure clearing in the Partington area. The line has been completed and unburned vegetation has been fired out. The completion of this work has allowed resources to be shifted east working towards Lost Valley.  
The fire has been growing approximately 1,000 acres each day. Most of this growth has been into the Ventana Wilderness. Several Hot Shot crews will be flown into the wilderness area today. They will be hiking to the fire from the landing zone and begin the construction of line on the fire’s edge.  The plan is for additional crews to begin work to the northeast from North Coast Ridge Road.  
Firefighters will also be hard at work securing the southern edge of the fire south of Hermitage. This line will be tied into Highway 1 and is the final phase of line construction around the Hermitage.  
A ridge of high pressure will be building over California during the next few days bringing much warmer temperatures, lower humidity and dissipation of the marine layer.  

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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John Chesnut am map. There was an IR flight this am, also. This is the south end.

Here is the north and east portions of the fire.

4 thoughts on “Dolan Fire, Day 15, 9/1/20

  1. Not sure what we’d do without this blog Kate! Thank you!! Prayers from Cambria heading north to everyone!

  2. I hope you are hanging in there, Kate. Wishing you and all others a quick reversal to this terrible fire, along with the stamina and grit it takes to continually muscle through one bad experience after another. Exhausting to body and soul. Enough, already, please.

  3. I like the Incident Information of winds remaining mild during the weather change vs the gale force winds version!! Fingers crossed on the prior prediction.

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