First off, for all the many kind offers of somewhere to stay. To get north I would have to come through Paso Robles anyway, and I am just too tired to even think of going further. I really appreciate the offers. I am settled in tonight and tomorrow at an RV park in Paso Robles that Rock Knocker and I have used many times before. He evacuated and went and got his RV and I met him here in my Sprinter. Lady is having a new adventure and she’s just not sure about this motorhome, yet.
The news of the firefighters, the Nacimiento Station saddens me greatly. Two of the firefighter, the one who is critical and the one who is serious I know well. I pray for them tonight, and for the others who lives through the experience with them.
I heard stories and saw neighbors as they came through or we met on the road. Vehicles loaded with pets, possessions, and the pieces of our lives. We all hope to have homes to come home, too. I will write more tomorrow, but tonight I am too drained to think. I teeter tottered between numbness from shock and feeling like I might break down in tears. I was driving. Can’t do that. So maybe tonight I’ll take a few minutes to grieve tor the destruction of the land and the critters I have lived with for 33 years, 26 of them up here.
In the meantime, here is the John Chesnut map. Not everything would load, and he suspects overload of the system. Tomorrow, at a reasonable time…I might get to sleep in.
Effectively immediately an Evacuation WARNING is now in place for Zone M – Salmon Creek. The evacuation Order area for Zone M is as follows:
Highway 1@Salmon Creek Falls (Mile Post 2) south to the Monterey County Line. Highway 1 west to the Pacific Ocean. Highway 1 East to Salmon creek Rd (including all roads and tributaries contained within)
Effectively immediately an Evacuation ORDER is now in place for Zone L – Gorda. Leave the area immediately. The evacuation Order area for Zone L is as follows:
Highway 1 at Los Burros Road to Salmon Creek Falls (Mile post 2) including all roads and tributaries contained within. West of Highway 1 to the Pacific Ocean. East of Highway 1 to South Coast Ridge Road.
Effective immediately an UPGRADED evacuation ORDER is now in place for South Coast Ridge Road Zone K. Leave the area immediately. The evacuation ORDER area for Zone K is as follows:
New update coming soon, but for now Dolan has expanded to 73, 089 acres.
Before I get to the bad news, here is a lovely morning shot sent to me by Linda Sonrisa Jones. It is much appreciated down here where I am smoked in. It is so dark, I had to turn a light on.
And now for the bad news. We all saw it last night. We watched the Dolan fire dragon wake up and spread its wings all over Big Sur. I got fire photos from many different points of view. But John Chesnut’s heat map really tells the story. Be ready for plenty of new evac warnings and orders today.
Forest Service Temporarily Closes Southern California National Forests,
Adds Prohibitions in Others
VALLEJO, Calif., September 7, 2020 – Most of California remains under the threat of unprecedented and dangerous fire conditions with a combination of extreme heat, significant wind events, dry conditions, and firefighting resources that are stretched to the limit. Due to these conditions, the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region is announcing the following temporary closures and fire restrictions to provide for public safety and reduce the potential for human caused fire starts. They will go into effect at 5:00 pm Pacific Standard Time on Monday, September 7, 2020, and will be re-evaluated daily as conditions change.
1. Closure of the following National Forests: Stanislaus National Forest, Sierra National Forest, Sequoia National Forest, Inyo National Forest, Los Padres National Forest, Angeles National Forest, San Bernardino National Forest, and Cleveland National Forest.
2. Prohibition of the use of any ignition source on all National Forest System lands (campfires, gas stoves, etc.) throughout California.
3. Closure of all developed campgrounds and day-use sites on National Forests in California.
“The wildfire situation throughout California is dangerous and must be taken seriously. Existing fires are displaying extreme fire behavior, new fire starts are likely, weather conditions are worsening, and we simply do not have enough resources to fully fight and contain every fire,” said Randy Moore, Regional Forester for the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region. “We are bringing every resource to bear nationally and internationally to fight these fires, but until conditions improve, and we are confident that National Forest visitors can recreate safely, the priority is always to protect the public and our firefighters. With these extreme conditions, these temporary actions will help us do both.”
An example of extreme fire behavior is the Creek Fire on the Sierra National Forest which began on Friday Sep. 4th and grew rapidly on Saturday, Sep. 5th. The fire made a 15-mile run in a single day and burned 36,000 acres, prompting evacuations and life saving measures. The California National Guard evacuated at least 200 people from Wagner Mammoth Pool Campground and assessed them for medical needs.
The Forest Service thanks our partners and the public for their cooperation and understanding of this monumental fire threat. It is critical that all Californians and national forest visitors follow these important closures and restrictions for their own safety and the safety of our firefighters.
The Forest Service manages 18 National Forests in the Pacific Southwest Region, which encompasses over 20 million acres across California, and assists forest landowners in California, Hawaii and the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands. National forests supply 50 percent of the water in California and form the watershed of most major aqueducts and more than 2,400 reservoirs throughout the state. For more information, visit www.fs.usda.gov/R5.
And from the other side at Nepenthe by Sander Koning
John Chesnut Evening map:
From MoCo OES:
Effective immediately for the Dolan Fire an evacuation warning is in place for the ZONE 24. Access is permitted only for residents due to fire equipment and emergency personnel in the area. The evacuation warning area for ZONE 24 is as follows: Areas west of Reliz Canyon Road to the intersection of Arroyo Seco Road. South of Arroyo Seco Road to the intersection of Santa Lucia Trail. East of Santa Lucia Trail to the intersection of Bear Mtn. Trail (21S02). North of Bear Mtn Trail (21S02) to the intersection of Reliz Canyon Road.
Here are a couple of photos just taken at 4:25 pm
Firefighters of the #DolanFire plan to begin firing operations this morning on a section of fireline that runs from the near Hermitage to US Highway 1. That means you can expect to see more smoke being produced in that area today. “Burnouts“ as they are called, strengthen the fireline by removing fuel between the line and the advancing wildfire. This creates how much wider a buffer than just a bulldozer line or hand line. Burnouts our carefully planned and executed. This is being done to prevent the Dolan Fire from spreading further south in that area and to protect the structures in that area.
In this video, Operation section chief Reggie Bray talks about fire growth overnight and some of the other activities around the different parts of the fire.
Size: 36,237 acres Containment: 40% Personnel: 883 Start Date: August 18, 2020 Cause: Under Investigation
YESTERDAY’S ACTIVITIES: As expectedfire activity increased on the eastern and southern edges with Cone Peak seeing the most aggressive spread. Record heat and dry conditions continued to play a major role in fire spread. Occasional uphill runs were observed at higher elevations throughout the evening. Structure and asset protection remain priority one for firefighters.
Overnight firefighters monitored HWY 1 for any potential hotspots and rollouts with CalTrans support on cleanup of any fallen debris. Overnight lows were in the high 80’s to lower 90’s with poor relative humidity recovery.
TODAY’S ACTIVITIES: Record breaking temperatures will continue throughout the day and into the evening increasing fire activity. Firefighters along with support from a dozer team continue line construction in the Arroyo Seco drainage and Avila Ranch area reinforcing structure protection. Crews continue improvement of containment lines along McWay Ridge and within the Lucia and Hermitage areas. Several teams are completing the primary containment line north of the Nacimiento-Ferguson Road and along the road to Cone Peak. This indirect line will serve as the primary containment line intended to keep the fire from spreading south toward nearby structures. If conditions allow a planned burnout operation will be used in the next few days to tie containment lines into the fire’s edge. Dozers, hand crews and masticators are also working on additional contingency lines farther south. Helicopters will be available to support ground crews but will be limited due to weather conditions. Structure protection all along HWY 1, in the Partington area north, and in the Lucia and Hermitage areas to the south continues.
Currently in the fire there are: 6 Type 1 Hotshot crews, 10 Type 2 hand crews, 49 engines, 6 dozers, 13 helicopters, 19 water tenders, 4 masticators and a variety of other equipment to support firefighting efforts.
EVACUATIONS: The Monterey County Sherriff’s office has an Evacuation Order in effect for Zone B (Lucia) and Zone J (Prewitt Ridge). Warning are in effect for Zone C (Partington) and Zones K-S (Coast Ridge Road). Yesterday, Zone A was downgraded to a warning. View the interactive map for Monterey County evacuations.
WEATHER: Record breaking temperatures continue into the next few days with little relief in sight. Temperatures are in the 90’s along the coast and may reach record breaking degrees again inland. Lower relative humidity across the area are expected throughout the day. Winds are forecast to remain mild.
SAFETY: Firefighters are still actively using HWY 1 as a major access point to the fire. Caution is stressed as emergency vehicles are entering and exiting the highway at all times of the day. Falling rocks and debris continues to be a hazard. Most notably in the area of MP 35 on HWY 1.
This photo was taken by Michael Peckman, a friend of Brandie Kirby Grondin, who is driving this Cal Trans truck. Want to know why Highway One has been closed? Maybe this might help you understand…. (I have permission from both to post this.)
The fire is moving to the south and east within the Ventana Wilderness, growing by several hundred acres yesterday. Moderate fire activity continued in the Cone Peak area. Fire has progressed into the San Antonio Creek drainage and is flanking eastward along the Santa Lucia Range. Fire behavior is expected to increase with the loss of the marine layer, bringing higher temperatures and drier conditions across the fire area.
Hotshot crews continue to build line in the Ventana Wilderness and scout potential containment lines to the south of Lost Valley Trail. Fire fighters are improving containment lines along McWay Ridge and within the Lucia and Hermitage areas. Crews are completing the primary containment line north of the Nacimiento-Ferguson Road and along the road to Cone Peak. This indirect line will serve as the primary containment line, intended to keep the fire from spreading south toward nearby structures. If conditions allow, a planned burnout operation will be used in the next few days to tie containment line into the fire’s edge. Dozers, hand crews and masticators are also working on additional contingency lines farther south. Crews continue to patrol Highway 1 for rolling debris and increased fire behavior. Helicopters will be available to support ground crews throughout the day.
Structure protection all along Highway 1, in the Partington area north, and in the Lucia and Hermitage areas to the south continues. Currently in the fire there are: 6 Type 1 Hotshot crews, 6 Type 2 hand crews, 55 engines, 7 dozers, 12 helicopters, 17 water tenders, 4 masticators and a variety of other equipment to support firefighting efforts.
EVACUATION / CLOSURE ALERTS:
Evacuations / Closures: Click here for an interactive map of Monterey County evacuations. For information about state highway closures go to https://roads.dot.ca.gov/.
Evacuation Order for the area South of Nacimiento-Fergusson Road, west of South Coast Ridge to Prewitt Ridge including Alms Ridge.
Evacuation Warning for Partington Zone C (only residents allowed into the area).
A new Evacuation Warning was issued by the Sheriff’s Office yesterday afternoon for the for the South Coast Ridge Road Zone K.
Highway 1 is closed from north of Vista Point south to Pacific Valley.
WEATHER: A high pressure system is bringing very high temperatures and drier conditions over the fire. Temperatures in the 90’s along the coast and well into the 100’s inland and much lower relative humidities across the area are expected through Monday. Winds are forecast to remain mild.
PUBLIC MEETING: Our next virtual community meeting will be on Saturday August 5th, at 2:00 pm. The meeting will be live-streamed on the Los Padres National Forest Facebook page and can be viewed live or retroactively. If you have specific questions please send them to 2020.Dolan@firenet.gov.
SAFETY: Fire personnel and equipment are staging and working in the Big Sur area. Highway 1 is still closed within the fire area to ensure public safety as well as to allow for safer fire fighting operations. As Labor Day Weekend begins, anticipate increased traffic in areas accessible by the public.
Effective immediately an evacuation WARNING is in place for South Coast Ridge Road Zone K. Access is permitted only for residents due to fire equipment and emergency personnel in the area. The evacuation warning area for Zone K is as follows:
The Evacuation ORDER for Zone J remains in effect.
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 an emergency notification.
Additionally: When an Evacuation Order is in place for a zone(s), this means the public, including residents, are not allowed to enter the zone(s). The closures will have Law Enforcement roadblocks on northern and southern closure of Highway 1 turning cars around that are not authorized to be in the closure. This also includes no “In and out” privileges for subjects who decided to stay at their properties despite the Evacuation Order. If you leave the closed area, you will not be allowed to re-enter.
This evacuation warning is also consistent with the new forest closure order: