Dolan Fire, Day 23, 9/9/20

Here is the morning update, the recent USFS map and John Chesnut’s maps; one up top here, and one at the bottom. Of this top map, John says:

“I got the VIIRS points from another, still operating server, but these lump all 24 hour points together, so the dots include both this morning and yesterday afternoon.
Does indicate the fire is established had backing into the Mill Creek heavy timber.” I have heard from another source about a firing out operation in the Mill Creek area that is going well. No further details.

Dolan Fire 

Los Padres National Forest

Public Information Phone: 831-272-0222 

Media Information Phone: 831-272-0221 

Incident E-mail: 

Incident Website:

Dolan Fire
Sept 9, 2020
Rob Allen, Incident Commander
Fire Information: 831-272-0222 Email:
Media Information: 831-272-0221 Inciweb: Facebook:
Size: 93,554 acres Containment: 20% Personnel: 738 Start Date: Aug. 18, 2020 Cause: Under Investigation
YESTERDAY’S ACTIVITIES: A fire shelter deployment of 14 firefighters occurred in the vicinity of the Naciemiento Guard Station injuring three, one critically. The injured firefighters were transported by helicopter to the hospital in Fresno for treatment. All three firefighters are reported to be in stable condition. The fire burned very actively from the afternoon through the entire evening on the eastern and southern edges.
TODAY’S ACTIVITIES: Winds will shift from the north to the south/southwest as a marine layer spreads over the fire area brining cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity levels to lower evaluations. Above the marine layer steep terrain, dry fuels and strong winds may impact fire behavior burning pockets of fuels, and short uphill runs are expected. Crews along the eastern perimeter will scout out along Kern Ridge to establish line and protect structures. Firefighters will scout out and identify possible opportunities for containment lines utilizing the 2008 Indian Fire burn scar. If weather permits burn operations will happen on the southern and eastern perimeter of the fire. Crews will continue to hold and improve existing lines in the northern perimeter. Structure protection continues in all affected communities. The fire will continue to burn actively to the south and rapid rates of spread can be expected especially in areas where drainages are aligned with the winds above the marine layer.
EVACUATIONS: The Monterey County Sheriff’s has Mandatory evacuation orders for Lucia Zone B and Prewitt Ridge Zone J; Memorial Park FS Summer homes; Zone K South Coastal Ridge Road; Zone L Gorda. Evacuation warning in Zone 27. Advisory evacuation status are in effect in zone 24 east of Arroyo Seco Road; Zone M Salmon Creek Falls. View the interactive map on the Monterey Office of Emergency Services website for Monterey County evacuations.
ROAD CLOSURE: HWY 1 is closed from north of Vista Point south to Pacific Valley. Nacimiento-Ferguson Rd Is closed to all traffic from Highway 1 to the Fort Hunter Liggett base boundary line. Los Burros Road, Plaskett Ridge Road, South Coast Ridge Road are closed except to residents. Visit
FOREST CLOSURE: Forest Order Number 05-07-51-20-20 remains in effect on the Forest in the vicinity of the fire.
WEATHER: Winds will shift from the north to the south southwest with possible gusts up to 30mph impacting fire behavior through approximately 1pm. A cooler marine layer will affect the fire below 1,000ft in elevation. Areas above the layer will see higher temperatures and Increasing winds. Fire behavior is expected to moderate this afternoon as winds die down.
SAFETY: Drones should not be flown when an active fire is present. Drones can impede aircraft operations. When you fly, we can’t! Firefighters are still actively using HWY 1 as a major access point to the fire. Falling rocks and debris continues to be a hazard. Most notably in the area of MP 35 on HWY 1.

4 thoughts on “Dolan Fire, Day 23, 9/9/20

  1. Hope you are doing well, Kate. There is CHP activity with hard and soft closure of Highway 1 at Gorda and at Ragged Point reported on their traffic web. There is also similar hard and soft closure of roads in the Tassajara Road area.

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