Tourists should think twice before going off the grid in Big Sur after the Dolan Fire consumed more than 124,000 acres on California’s scenic Central Coast.
A new report shows the damage done by the blaze poses a very high risk to human life.
The Dolan Fire Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) report found that Big Sur roads, trails and campgrounds are perched beneath dangerously unstable terrain.
The loamy, shallow dirt on the side of the steep-sided, sharp-crested ridges characteristic of the Santa Lucia Mountain Range will likely result in debris flows, flooding or rock falls, the report concluded.
Roads, trails, recreation areas and campgrounds “are in flood-prone areas, at the base of steep, unstable slopes or in the steep, unstable headwaters that are also at risk of post-fire debris flows, rockfall, increased runoff and hazard trees.
“Use of these areas would put life and safety at risk,” the report reads.
DOLAN and COLEMAN FIRES Thursday, October 22, 2020 9:00 AM Los Padres National Forest DOLAN INCIDENT STATISTICS Start date: August 18, 2020 Size: Approximately 124,924 acres Percent Contained: 98% Cause: Under Investigation Resources Assigned: 146 personnel • Engines: 2 • Handcrews: 2 • Helicopters: 1 • Dozers: 3 • Excavators 6 COLEMAN INCIDENT STATISTICS Start date: October 18, 2020 Size: Approximately 574 acres Percent Contained: 5% Cause: Under Investigation Resources Assigned: 214 personnel • Engines: 6 • Handcrews: 9 • Helicopters: 5 • Dozers: 4 • Water Tenders 2 EVACUATIONS: There are no mandatory evacuations in effect for any portions of the Dolan or Coleman Fires. CLOSURES: • 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). SAFETY: A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place above the Coleman and Dolan fire area. Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. Visit Know Before You Fly: http://knowbeforeyoufly.org. TODAY: Coleman Fire Handcrews are expected to work in steeper sections of the fire today in order to connect dozer line that was built yesterday. Light winds are expected to provide for minimal fire behavior, allowing for more helicopter work to cool off hotspots on the fire. Helicopters will be shuttle handcrews to fireline due to the steep inaccessible terrain. Dolan Fire Portions of Highway 1 adjacent to the Dolan Fire may be closed for short periods of time today to allow for suppression repair work along the roadway. Excavator work is expected to continue in the area of Arroyo Secco to repair dozer lines built during the height of the fire. Crews will continue to patrol the west side of the fire looking for additional areas of smoke. YESTERDAY: Coleman Fire Helicopters continued to check the fires spread with bucket drops for the second day in a row. This allowed for bulldozers to put in direct line on several ridge tops. Handcrews continued to build line around the north, south, and east sides of the fire. Several helispots were constructed to help access the fire and provide ability to quickly transport firefighters if an injury occurs. There was no additional growth to the fire yesterday. Dolan Fire Light smoke was observed on the west side of the fire in the Mill Creek Drainage yesterday. There was no threat to the fires control lines. Excavator work continued around the Cone Peak area while handcrews continued work around Merle Ranch. Equipment was moved to the Arroyo Seco area to begin repairs of dozer lines. WEATHER: Strengthening onshore flow for the next couple of days will bring slightly cooler air today and even cooler air Thursday through Sunday, with a slight increase in humidity. Skies will stay clear. SUMMARY: The Coleman fire started at approximately 1200 pm on October 18, 2020, and is estimated at 574 acres with 5% 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. Inciweb: inciweb.nwcg.gov, search “Dolan” Twitter: @LosPadresNF/ Facebook: @lospadresnationalforest Fire Information: 831-244-3762 (8 am to 6 pm daily) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org