Dolan/Coleman Incidents Report, 10/19/20

Coleman Fire
Resources assigned to the Dolan Fire are actively engaged with a new start, the Coleman Fire, which is located adjacent to the Dolan Fire on the Los Padres National Forest and Fort Hunter- Liggett Army base. Numerous resources have been ordered to assist with the suppression effort including use of airtankers and heavy helicopters. The Eastern Area Incident Management Team has been delegated authority for suppression of the Coleman Fire.
Dolan Fire
Today crews will continue with suppression repair across the fire with a focus on the south and south west portions of the fire. Patrols will continue around the perimeter looking for hot spots and smoke. Repair work will continue around the Merle Ranch. Suppression repair and fireline rehab are being done with the goal of ensuring visitor safety once the Monterey District reopens to the public. Assessment and chipping operations continue along the Nacimiento-Ferguson Road.
Crews made significant progress on suppression repair work along the far northwest corner of the fire, and also on the west side along Highway 1 going south toward Hermitage. Work continued along the south side of the fire perimeter as well as interior areas and near Arroyo Synco to make needed repairs. No additional smoke was reported in the Limekiln Drainage area.
In the afternoon, fire crews from the Dolan Fire assisted the Los Padres National Forest and Fort Hunter Liggett in initial attack of the Coleman Fire. This included significant commitment of aviation resources to slow the fires spread .
A gradual and modest cooling trend will continue through the beginning of the week and humidity will increase slightly. Overall warm and dry conditions will persist with winds remaining light.
The Coleman fire started at approximately 1200 on October 18, 2020, and is estimated at 500 acres with 0% containment.
The Dolan Fire started on August 18, 2020 on the Monterey Ranger District of the Los Padres National Forest. The fire has grown to 124,924 acres and is 98% contained. The Monterey Ranger District remains under a Closure Order for visitor and firefighter safety. The Nacimiento-Fergusson Road remains closed.
Sunday October 19 2020
,, 9:00 AM
Los Padres National Forest
Location of Origin: Monterey Ranger District, Los Padres National Forest Start date: August 18, 2020
Size: Approximately 124,924 acres Percent Contained: 98%
Cause: Under Investigation Resources Assigned: 249 personnel
• Engines: 16
• Handcrews: 2
• Helicopters: 1
• Dozers: 6
• Water tenders: 5
• The Monterey Ranger District of the Los Padres NF remains closed under Closure Order Forest Order Number 05-07-51-20-22.
• Nacimiento-Ferguson RD is closed to all traffic (public and residential) from Highway 1 to the Fort Hunter Liggett base boundary line (16 miles inland).
Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. Visit Know Before You Fly:
California Highway Patrol California State Parks
Monterey County
Monterey County Sheriff’s Office Monterey County OES
Cal Trans
Big Sur Volunteers
Ventana Wilderness Alliance Esselan and Salinan Tribes Fort Hunter Liggett
California Conservation Corps
Inciweb:, search “Dolan”
Twitter: @LosPadresNF/ Facebook: @lospadresnationalforest Fire Information: 831-244-3762 (8 am to 6 pm daily) Email:

Coleman Fire is the red circle on the right off the Dolan Fire.

BAER burn severity map

Dolan Post-Fire BAER

Unit Information

Los Padres National Forest           
U.S. Forest Service
6750 Navigator Way
Goleta, CA 93117

Incident Contact

BAER Information
Phone: 707-853-4243
Hours: 7am-7pm

Dolan Post-Fire BAER Soil Burn Severity Map Released

Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) specialists recently completed their data gathering and verification field work of the Dolan Fire burn area.  The Soil Burn Severity map has been finalized.  Soil Burn Severity levels are Unburned/Very Low, Low, Moderate, and High.

The map shows that in the Dolan Fire area, approximately 45% of the 124,326 acres analyzed by the BAER team is either unburned/very low (9%) or low (36%) soil burn severity, while 45% sustained a moderate soil burn severity, and 10% burned at high soil burn severity.

The BAER post-fire assessment team uses soil burn severity data to identify if there are areas of concern where increased soil erosion, accelerated surface water run-off, and debris flows have the potential to impact human life/safety, property, and critical natural and cultural resources from storm events. The BAER team consists of Forest Service scientists and specialists that are considering emergency stabilization actions for those critical resources on National Forest System lands.  The BAER team shares their analysis and findings with interagency cooperators who work with private land and business owners to help them prepare for upcoming rain events.

BAER Team Leaders Kevin Cooper and Yonni Schwartz stated, The BAER team expects erosion and run-off within the Dolan Fire area to substantially increase in watersheds that experienced moderate to high soil burn severity. In these areas, there is concern for increased post-fire run-off from steep hillslopes and channels resulting in increases in post-fire soil erosion, hyper-concentrated floods and debris flows.

The Dolan Fire soil burn severity BAER map can be downloaded at the interagency Dolan Post-Fire BAER InciWeb site ( as a JPEG or PDF version under the maps tab.

A “Field Guide for Mapping Post-Fire Soil Burn Severity” can help with interpreting the map and can be found online at

SPECIAL NOTEEveryone near and downstream from the burned areas should remain alert and stay updated on weather conditions that may result in heavy rains over the burn scars. Flash flooding may occur quickly during heavy rain events-be prepared to take action. Current weather and emergency notifications can be found at the National Weather Service website:

Coleman Fire 10/19

There is little info yet this am. This fire has not made inciweb (not unusual). There is a lot of smoke out over the ocean, however, so I will continue to see what I can find out. As of 8 am — The Dolan fire IMT taking command of the Coleman fire. At 0700, at briefing Coleman was active most of the night 400 to 500 acres.

Here is this am’s John Chesnut map.