Dolan Fire Fact Sheet, Day 36, 9/23/20

I don’t know how long I am going to continue to post these as nothing has changed for days. Acreage, containment all remain the same. The only thing that changes is that personnel are being sent elsewhere.

Dolan Fire 

Los Padres National Forest

Public Information Phone: 831-272-0222 

Media Information Phone: 831-272-0221 

Incident E-mail: 2020.Dolan@firenet.gov 

Incident Website: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7018

Dolan Fire, 35, 9/22/20

Fire Information: 831-272-0222               Email: 2020.Dolan@firenet.gov 

Media Information: 831-272-0221          InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7018 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lospadresnationalforest 

Size: 128,417 acres                       Containment: 46%                        Personnel: 535                     Start Date: August 18, 2020        

Cause: Under Investigation         Structures Damaged: 4                Structures Destroyed: 19 

YESTERDAY’S ACTIVITIES:  Caltrans, in coordination with Monterey County, reopened Highway 1 from Gorda to Lucia yesterday at 6:00 p.m. This section of the highway had been closed for approximately four weeks for public safety related to fire suppression activities on the Dolan Fire. There are still pockets of heat near the highway that will be monitored by fire personnel using infrared technology. Travelers are advised to continue using caution and be aware of emergency vehicles in the area. 

As a reminder, the Los Padres National Forest remains closed at this time. For more information visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf/

TODAY’S ACTIVITIES: Firefighters will continue to monitor the perimeter of the Dolan Fire today. Where necessary, they will also be cooling hot spots along uncontained fire lines on the northeast portion of the fire with helicopters. Additionally, crews will continue the backhaul of equipment from around the fire area back to the Incident Command Post in King City. 

Increasingly hot and dry temperatures are forecasted today and in the coming days. While there is concern that rising temperatures could increase fire behavior, the methodical work of firefighters to contain this fire by constructing containment and contingency lines and monitoring the fire perimeter, has helped prepare for these conditions. Firefighters will continue to use all available tools to limit the growth of this fire to protect communities and private property. 

Fire behavior in the interior of the fire area may increase with unburned pockets of green vegetation that can burn in the days and weeks ahead, producing smoke in localized areas. Residents and visitors to this area can expect to see fire activity like this until a season ending event of significant rain fully contains and controls the Dolan Fire. This weather event typically occurs in early-to-mid November. 

Pacific Northwest Team 2 will transfer command of the Dolan Fire today at 6:00 p.m. to California Interagency Incident Management 15, a Type 2 Incident Management Team with Incident Commander James Harris.
 
EVACUATIONS: The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office has evacuations ORDERS and WARNINGS in effect. For current evacuation information view the OES interactive map or call 211. SPCA Monterey County can assist with rescuing, sheltering, and evacuating animals. Call 831-373-2631 – day; 831-264-5455 – night; www.spcamc.org.  

ROAD CLOSURES: Nacimiento-Ferguson Road is closed to all traffic from Highway 1 to the Fort Hunter Liggett base boundary line. For more information visit https://roads.dot.ca.gov/.   

REGIONAL FOREST CLOSURES: Regional Order No. 20-10 USDA Forest Service has closed public entry to several national forests including the Los Padres National Forest.   

WEATHER: Hot and dry conditions are forecasted for the fire area today with winds out of the northwest. 

 

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Dolan Fire 

Los Padres National Forest

Public Information Phone: 831-272-0222 

Media Information Phone: 831-272-0221 

Incident E-mail: 2020.Dolan@firenet.gov 

Incident Website: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7018

Zones J & K downgraded

Effective immediately Zones J & K has been downgraded from evacuation order to Evacuation WARNING. This change is weather dependent and could be moved back to an order if changes in the weather cause changes in fire behavior or growth. 
PLEASE NOTE: Tourist traffic is discouraged due to heavy fire traffic and roadside hazards.
All other zone’s status remains unchanged. 
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 and order.

Highway 1 open at 6 pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HIGHWAY 1 IN MONTEREY COUNTY ALONG BIG SUR COAST TO FULLY OPEN AT 6 PM

MONTEREY COUNTY – State Route 1 along the Big Sur Coast, which for the last four weeks has experienced closures due to the Dolan Fire, will be fully reopened at 6 pm today.

The current highway closure, between Gorda and Lucia, will be lifted at that time.

Travelers are advised to continue using caution and be aware of emergency vehicles in the area.

Caltrans reminds motorists to move over and slow down when

driving through highway work zones.

Dolan Fire, Day 34, 9/21/20

Dolan FireLos Padres National ForestPublic Information Phone:831-272-0222Media Information Phone: 831-272-0221Incident E-mail:2020.Dolan@firenet.govIncident Website: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7018
Size: 128,416 acres  Containment: 46%  Personnel: 546  Start Date: August 18, 2020 Cause:Under Investigation Structures Damaged: Structures Destroyed: 19  

YESTERDAY’S ACTIVITIES: Fire activity was minimal across the Dolan Fire area yesterday. Firefighters monitored activity around the Arroyo Seco River and helicopters were brought in to cool hot spots in the area and southeast of Junipero Peak.
Crews completed ignitions along Highway 1 to bring fire down to the road and contain that fire edge. Firefighters also continued mopping up along McKern Road.


TODAY’S ACTIVITIES: Fire managers are expecting another day of moderate fire activity with minimal fire growth today. The work of holding and mopping up containment lines continues around the fire and local crews will continue the process of backhauling critical suppression supplies like hoses, pumps and portable tanks, back to the Incident Command Post in King City so they can be used on other wildfire incidents across the west.
There will be a live virtual community meeting on the U.S. Forest Service-Los Padres National Forest Facebook page at 2 pm. today. Questions may be submitted in advance through Facebook or emailed to 2020.dolan@firenet.gov, and fire managers will respond to questions posted real time to the live streamed event as well.
Firefighters will continue to monitor the northeast section of the fire near Arroyo Seco to watch for any increase in fire activity with persistent hot and dry conditions. The east side of the fire is also being held and monitored from Arroyo Seco south to Fort Hunter Liggett. And mop up will continue along McKern Road from Prewitt Ridge to the Nacimiento-Ferguson Road to contain the south end of the fire.
The air resource advisor assigned to the Dolan Fire has been released with the trend of “good” air conditions in recent days so there will no longer be an air quality update issued for the Central Coast of California. To keep up with air quality conditions near you, visit: https://fire.airnow.gov/
Pacific Northwest Team 2 will transfer command of the Dolan Fire to California Incident Management 15, a Type 2 Incident Management Team with Incident Commander James Harris on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.


EVACUATIONS: The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office has evacuations ORDERS and WARNINGS in effect. For current evacuation information view the OES interactive map or call 211. SPCA Monterey County can assist with rescuing, sheltering, and evacuating animals. Call 831-373-2631 – day; 831-264-5455 – night; www.spcamc.org.


ROAD CLOSURES: HWY 1 is closed between mile post 25 and mile post 10. Nacimiento-Ferguson Rd is closed to all traffic from Highway 1 to the Fort Hunter Liggett base boundary line. For more information visit https://roads.dot.ca.gov/.


REGIONAL FOREST CLOSURES: Regional Order No. 20-10 USDA Forest Service has closed public entry to several national forests including the Los Padres National Forest.


WEATHER: Hot and dry conditions are forecasted for the fire area today with winds out of the northwest.

Fotos from the Front

Just when I thought it was over, and that I would be signing off on this fire tonight, more backburns. Looks like McKern on the east and Wild Cattle on the west. Helicopters are cooling it down as I type.

photo by bigsurkate
Photo by bigsurkate
photo by bigsurkate
Photo by bigsurkate
photo by Brendon Shave

Dolan Fire, Day 33, 9/20/20

Fire Information: 831-272-0222               Email:2020.Dolan@firenet.gov 

Media Information: 831-272-0221          Inciwebhttps://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7018 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lospadresnationalforest 

Size: 128,261 acres                       Containment: 46%                        Personnel: 568                     Start Date: August 18, 2020        

Cause: Under Investigation         Structures Damaged:                Structures Destroyed: 19 

YESTERDAY’S ACTIVITIES:  Firefighters continued the process of bringing fire down the steep slopes along Highway 1 on the coastal side of the Dolan Fire yesterday. They specifically worked the area from Kirk Creek moving north to connect to firing operations to the containment lines along the road. Crews made good progress on this part of the fire and ignitions are nearly complete.  

The east side of the fire had isolated pockets of heat, including the northeast portion of the fire around the Arroyo Seco River. Helicopters were called in to drop water on these hot spots and they’ll continue to be monitored by fire managers. 

TODAY’S ACTIVITIES: The Incident Meteorologist (IMET) is forecasting continued warming with temperatures in the low 90s on the inland side of the fire for the next several days. Winds will be out of the northwest. 

Along the fire perimeter from Arroyo Seco to Junipero Peak, air operations will keep a vigilant eye on possible fire movement and continue to respond with air support to cool hot spots with water. Retardant will also be available from the mobile retardant base in Arroyo Seco to use to moderate fire behavior. In addition to the Arroyo Seco area, firefighters will also pay close attention to any hot spots flaring up along the eastern perimeter near Pine Canyon.
 

Crews have nearly completed the process of bringing fire down to Highway 1 to contain the western flank of the fire. This road remains hazardous in these conditions and firefighters will continue working with CalTrans to remove falling rocks, rollout, and snags along Highway 1. There is currently no estimate of when the road will reopen at this time.

While the Dolan Fire area encompasses about 200 square miles, there has been little growth on the fire in the past few days aside from carefully planned burnout operations to contain the uncontrolled fire perimeter. While firefighters continue to patrol containment lines, local crews will begin the process of removing hoses, pumps, portable tanks and other equipment from North Coast Ridge Road and Highway 1 and along McKern Road. This equipment is no longer needed for suppression activities and will be sent back to fire caches where they can be inspected, cleaned and then used by another wildfire currently burning in the west. 
 
EVACUATIONS: The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office has evacuations ORDERS and WARNINGS in effect. For current evacuation information view the OES interactive map or call 211. SPCA Monterey County can assist with rescuing, sheltering, and evacuating animals. Call 831-373-2631 – day; 831-264-5455 – night; www.spcamc.org.  

ROAD CLOSURES: HWY 1 is closed between mile post 25 and mile post 10. Nacimiento-Ferguson Rd is closed to all traffic from Highway 1 to the Fort Hunter Liggett base boundary line. For more information visit https://roads.dot.ca.gov/.   

REGIONAL FOREST CLOSURES: Regional Order No. 20-10 USDA Forest Service has closed public entry to several national forests including the Los Padres National Forest.   

WEATHER: Hot and dry conditions are forecasted for the fire area today with winds out of the northwest. 

 Dolan Fire 

Los Padres National Forest

Public Information Phone: 831-272-0222 

Media Information Phone: 831-272-0221 

Incident E-mail: 2020.Dolan@firenet.gov 

Incident Website: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7018