Funds secured to replace Nacimiento USFS Fire Station


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Press Release
March 3, 2022

Contact:  Hugh Daly

Rep. Panetta Announces $18 Million in Funds

to Replace Nacimiento Fire Station Lost in Dolan Fire

SALINAS, CA – Today, Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will provide $18 million in federal funding to replace the Nacimiento Fire Station that was lost in the Dolan Fire.  The U.S. Forest Service will use this funding to replace the fire station, barracks, engine garage, and pumphouse, as well as implement site utilities such as a water well, solar connections, and access roads.  

“The loss of the Nacimiento Fire Station during the Dolan fire was devastating for our firefighters and community.  Maintaining a functional fire station in such a remote location prone to wildfires is crucial to protecting the Los Padres National Forest and surrounding areas,” said Rep. Panetta.  “After a few years and some fierce advocacy, I’m glad to see the federal government responding with significant funding to restore the emergency response capabilities at this location.  Considering our constant and extreme vulnerability to wildfires, as well as the resolve to fight those fires by our local fire personnel, I’m proud that the federal government is doing its part to rebuild this station and contribute to the safety of our region.”

“We appreciate Congressman Panetta’s efforts to help secure the funding needed to rebuild the Nacimiento Fire Station,” said U.S. Forest Service Monterey District Ranger, Tim Short. “This fire station has historically played a critical role for wildfire suppression along the Big Sur coast.”

These funds were provided as Supplemental Disaster Funding through the Extending Government Funding and Delivering Emergency Assistance Act of 2021.  The disaster assistance funding is a share of the $1.36 billion of supplemental appropriations provided to the Forest Service.


Hugh Daly | Communications Director

Office of Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20)

406 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 | (202) 225-4344

4 thoughts on “Funds secured to replace Nacimiento USFS Fire Station

  1. Thanks Kate for this info. So glad that they will rebuild the Nacimiento Station. It is important. Plus that means they will definitely be fixing the road. Yeay!!!!!

  2. Katee, It won’t be rebuilt there, in all likelihood but probably either at Bixby Ranch, where they are currently housed, OR at the USFS/FHL border on Nacimiento-Fergusson Road.

  3. Dolan was a slow moving fire. Fire manipulated by the largest armada of huge water dropping helicopters I have witnessed in Ventana in last 46 years. The day USFS backfired “The Big Box” ,fire got out of control incinerating USFS property, Naciamento Station and Merele Ranch pack station.
    In 1978 Congressman Leon Panetta helped protect the Wagon Cave area from USFS Station development .Congressman Leon Panetta believed the USFS on the Ft Hunter Liggett was best solution using tax payer dollars.

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