Start / Report Date: Aug. 18, 2020 Size: 31,409 Containment: 40% Cause: Unknown Location: Hwy 1(MM32.20) N of Limekiln State Park, 10 miles S of Big Sur Injuries: 3 Structures Destroyed: 8 Fuels Involved: Chaparral, Brush, Timber understory
Hand Crews: 13
Dozers: 8 Helicopters: 10
Water Tenders: 22
Total Personnel: 896
The inversion lifted earlier today allowing for more active fire behavior, primarily consuming unburned fuel within the fire perimeter. Rolling material (burning logs and vegetation) continued to create most of the fire spread.
The east side of the fire continues to burn further into the Ventana Wilderness. The fire is primarily backing in this area. A Hot Shot crew was able to access the Lost Valley area today and began building 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), staying in this area for several consecutive days before returning to base camp.
Crews continued work along the north section of the fire, improving and widening the line. With the north and northeastern containment lines holding well, residents were allowed back into the Partington Ridge area today. The Partington area remains under an Evacuation Warning.
Containment lines near Lucia and the Hermitage are also holding well. Active fire today in this area produced more smoke, but the fire is within containment lines and helping to eliminate the unburned fuel which can pose a threat to the lines if winds increase or shift direction. Crews continued to work on the primary containment line north of the Naciemento-Ferguson Road and along the road to Cone Peak. Additional contingency lines farther south are also being scouted to ensure the fire can be kept within as small a footprint as possible if weather and fuel conditions change. Both dozers and hand crews are being used to build lines in this area.
California Interagency Incident Command Team 2 would like to thank Fire Chief Matt Harris for his hard work and cooperation as a Unified Incident Commander.
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 Saturday morning 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
10 am — Another truck just came through, this guy says dozers are ON THEIR WAY UP PLASKETT, but quite a ways back from him — a white truck, no logos, who came speeding up here. Now there are 3 trucks up here scouting, trying to figure out they are going to get through here and up Chalk Peak. Told him we are concerned about them tearing up Chalk Peak. This will be a war zone at some point. Can’t use N-F because it is packed, among other things.
UPDATE: Reduction of Evacuation Order to Warning – Partington Zone C
Partington Ridge, CA. – Effective immediately the evacuation order in place for Partington Zone C has been downgraded to an evacuation warning. Access is permitted only for residents due to fire equipment and emergency personnel in the area. The evacuation warning area for Zone C is as follows:
Highway 1 at Anderson Canyon. (Post mile 35)
North to: Highway 1 at Torre Canyon. (Post Mile 39)
West of Highway 1 to the Pacific Ocean.
East Highway 1 to North Coast Ridge Road to include Partington Ridge Road.
All other Evacuation Orders are still in place for Dolan Ridge Zone A, Lucia Zone B and Prewitt Ridge Zone J.
As a reminder an “Evacuation WARNING” (i.e. sometimes used interchangeably with the term “Advisory”) means those in a specific area/zone should be prepared to evacuate at any time. You do not need to leave your home at this time but please be alert and prepared to leave if an Evacuation Order is called.
An “Evacuation ORDER” means those in a specific area/zone should leave immediately.
If you feel that your life is in danger, do not wait for an emergency notification.
Additionally: When an Evacuation Order is in place for a zone(s), this means the public, including residents, are not allowed to enter the zone(s). The closures will have Law Enforcement roadblocks on northern and southern closure of Highway 1 turning cars around that are not authorized to be in the closure. This also includes no “In and out” privileges for subjects who decided to stay at their properties despite the Evacuation Order. If you leave the closed area, you will not be allowed to re-enter.
An Evacuation Order signals an immediate threat to life and safety. This is a lawful order to leave now. The area is lawfully closed to public access. An interactive map of the area can be found on the Monterey County OES website.
As a result of this extension the road closure for Highway One will be relocated to the area of Sand Dollar Day Use area.
All other Dolan Evacuation Orders remain in place.
Forest Order Number 05-07-51-20-19 remains in effect.
Firefighting resources previously assigned to the north end of the fire are being shifted to the southern end as the operations in the McWay Ridge area are secured. The Dolan Fire is burning two miles northwest of Nacimiento – Ferguson Road.
Start / Report Date: Aug. 18, 2020 Size: 31,005 acres Containment: 35% Cause: Unknown Location: Hwy 1(MM32.20) N of Limekiln State Park, 10 miles S of Big Sur Injuries: 3 Structures Destroyed: 8 Fuels Involved: Chaparral, Brush, Timber understory
Hand Crews: 11
Dozers: 8 Helicopters: 10
Water Tenders: 22
Total Personnel: 904
Overnight saw calm conditions and fire activity was minimal. Crews were able to continue to enhance containment lines and hold previous work. Today’s weather forecasts a marine layer up to 2,000 feet which could linger through most of the day, suppressing fire activity in the fire’s lower elevations. Above 2,000 feet weather is expected to continue to be warmer and drier with light winds throughout the day. An infrared flight was completed last night showing fire growth of a few hundred acres.
Last night crews in the north end of the fire continued reinforcing containment lines along McWay Ridge and “mopping up” (ensuring areas where fire has moved through had little potential to burn again). In the Partington area crews finished clearing around infrastructure and constructing indirect line. Crews also patrolled along Highway 1 and continued to keep fire out of Lucia and the Hermitage and worked on the southern contingency lines.
Today’s deeper inversion is expected to hold smoke over the fire area which may inhibit helicopter support into some areas during much of the day. The inversion will help to keep fire activity lower and potential spotting to fifty feet or less. Much of the fire is currently backing down slopes, burning vegetation at a much lower intensity. Rolling material (burning logs and vegetation) moving off the extremely steep slopes and igniting unburned fuels below continues to be the primary cause of fire growth.
Most of the fire growth is occurring in the Ventana Wilderness and the area around Cone Peak. Today’s plan is to insert several Hot Shot crews into the wilderness to begin direct line construction in that area. Crews will also continue work on the contingency line south of Prewitt Ridge between South Coast Ridge Road and Highway 1 and a half mile south of Alms Ridge. Both dozers and hand crews are being used to build the primary line on “No Name Ridge” which runs west to Highway 1 from the Cone Peak Road. This line is north of Nacimiento Fergusson Road.
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. Firefighting operations are being adjusted as necessary to ensure continued and increased containment throughout the weekend.