Dolan Fire, Day 32, 9/18/20

And as usual lately, I will end this evening and today’s post with a heat map by John Chesnut. With this I can see exactly where the huge plume I photographed came from. There was no heat detection in the Arroyo Seco segment of the fire, so no new map.

Dolan Fire 

Basic Information

Current as of9/17/2020, 8:59:08 PM
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnknown
Date of OriginTuesday August 18th, 2020 approx. 08:15 PM
LocationHighway 1(MM 32.20) North of Limekiln State Park, 10 miles South of Big Sur
Incident CommanderRob Allen, PNW Team 2 Jeff Mannetti, Fort Hunter Liggett 
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates36.123 latitude, -121.602 longitude 

Current Situation

Total Personnel732
Size125,559 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained40%
Estimated Containment DateMonday September 28th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels InvolvedChaparral (6 feet)Brush (2 feet)Timber (Grass and Understory)Narrative:The area is surrounded by recent fire scars except to the SE where there is no record of much of that landscape burning since 1999 if not earlier. Recent burn scars (Sobranes) have helped reduce fire spread. In the 2008 fire scar areas, where shrub growth is recent the fuels aren¿t receptive. Where there are dead fuel components (older, decadent brush) fuels are receptive and are carrying/consuming well.A fire behavior advisory is in place for the mountain PSAs of Southern California for extremely dry fuels. Low live fuels moistures combined with poor humidity recoveries can result in very active fire behavior on the Dolan fire, even in the absence of significant winds.
Significant EventsActiveUphill RunsFlankingSpottingNarrative: With low relative humidity values and poor recoveries above the marine layer, fuels remain available for active burning day and night. The big change today was a change in wind direction as a light northerly flow dominated the fire area. The Dolan fire footprint covers a large area with complex topography, varying vegetation types and numerous local weather factors that have been influencing fire behavior. With a wind change, the primary concern is relatively quiet areas of the fire showing increased activity. On the coastal side of the fire, the persistent marine layer has minimized fire behavior but fire weakened trees and rolling material continue to be a safety concern.

Outlook

Planned ActionsContinue burn operations on the southern perimeter of the incident. Continue to prepare for burn operations if needed on the northern and eastern perimeter. Continued direct and indirect control actions along the northern, eastern and southern perimeters. Continue prep and protection of values at risk. Assess and scout areas of new fire growth for potential direct and indirect opportunities.
Projected Incident Activity12 hours: There were some challenges with spotting during the burn operations on the south side of the fire. Inland fuels remain available for active burning during the day and night and a primary concern is any undetected spot fires becoming active. On the coastal side of the fire, the persistent marine layer will continue to minimize fire behavior.24 hours: The main concern will be the impacts of north winds on suppression actions on the south side of the fire. Fuel moistures, forecasted temperatures and humidity values are conducive to active fire behavior and continued fire growth. Fire behavior will be dictated by the depth and persistence of marine layer and shading from area smoke.48 hours: Continuing with a along any unchecked fire edge on the north side of the fire.

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YESTERDAY’S ACTIVITIES:With cloud cover from a high pressure system that passed over the fire area moderating fire activity, firefighters were able to successfully complete the burnout operation along McKern Road on the south side of the Dolan Fire yesterday. The burnout connected the black contained perimeter of the fire at Nacimiento-Ferguson Road west to Highway 1. 

TODAY’S ACTIVITIES:Forecasted cooler temperatures will allow firefighters to continue to hold and monitor the burn they completed yesterday on McKern Road. Helicopters are available to assist firefighters in cooling hot spots on containment lines again today while the fire backs down the steep slopes to join the main fire. Executing this burnout was a critical step in containing the southern portion of the Dolan Fire and the next few days will be spent holding and improving this fire line and monitoring for spot fires. 

Crews along Highway 1 continue the work of bringing fire down the rugged terrain along the highway and through the Pacific Valley community. Firefighters on the fully contained northwest portion of the fire will transition down to this portion of the fire to assist in these ignitions and focus efforts to containing this portion of the fire as quickly and safely as possible. 

With predicted temperatures in the low-to-mid 80s, fire behavior is expected to be minimal around the fire today. While structure preparations are complete around Arroyo Seco, helicopters continue to respond to any flare ups to prevent the fire from crossing the river. Contingency fire lines in are in place outside of the community and along Arroyo Seco Road, but fire managers continue to look for opportunities for crews to safely engage the fire on the south side of the river. 

The east side of the fire remains quiet with pockets of heat where heavy timber is burning close to fire lines. Crews monitor these hot spots and bring in helicopters to drop water and minimize the threat of the fire jumping containment lines. Firefighters have also completed contingency lines and structure preparations around Coleman and Pine Canyons.

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. SCPA 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. All National Forest Lands are closed to public entry in California. 

WEATHER: The high pressure weather system passing over the fire area will moderate fire behavior today with lower than average temperatures and winds out of the northwest. 

No USFS maps provided today.

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From John Chesnut: “The satellite heat detection server is not updating.  I went to a second source to get dots.New overnight IR aircraft flight, but very little change in perimeters (though different areas mapped inside the burnout).
Arroyo Seco reads cold.“

Dolan Fire, Day 31, 9/17/20

John Chesnut found a very useful map locals may want to take a look at and perhaps have input into. It is a map of rehab/repair planned for the fire areas:

And the original of this map can be found here: https://ftp.nifc.gov/public/incident_specific_data/calif_s/!2020_Incidents/CA-LPF-002428_Dolan/GIS/Products/20200917/repair_ArchE_Land_20200916_1700_Dolan_LPF002428_0917day.pdf

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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: 122,178 acres                       Containment: 40%                        Personnel: 758                     Start Date: August 18, 2020        

Cause: Under Investigation         Structures Damaged:                Structures Destroyed: 19 

CORRECTION FOR ABOVE:

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: 125,559 acres                       Containment: 40%                        Personnel: 785                     Start Date: August 18, 2020        

Cause: Under Investigation         Structures Damaged:                Structures Destroyed: 19 

YESTERDAY’S ACTIVITIES: Crews continued the process of bringing fire east along McKern Road yesterday. This plan has been put in place to join fire lines from Highway 1 to the contained fire perimeter on Nacimiento-Ferguson Road on the southeast portion of the fire. A spot fire escaped the fire lines and firefighters quickly responded, supported by two heavy helicopters dropping water to prevent the spread. 

Structure protection work continued in Arroyo Seco with the assistance of CalFire. Additionally, heavy equipment operators have been working to reopen fire lines north of Arroyo Seco from the 2017 Soberanes Fire.  

TODAY’S ACTIVITIES: On the south side of the fire, firefighters expect to complete the burnout operation on McKern road today to the Nacimiento-Ferguson Road. Crews along the road will be assisted by helicopters again today cooling hot spots along the fire line. This burnout operation was executed in anticipation of today’s forecasted weather change with winds now coming out of the northwest around noon.  

CalFire and crews assigned to the incident have completed structure preparation efforts in Arroyo Seco but will continue to look for opportunities to improve that work and test equipment to ensure generators and sprinklers are working properly if forecasted winds begin pushing fire towards the community. Structure protection work will also continue in Tassajara. Aerial resources were able to both assist firefighting efforts on the ground to cool hot spots and also to scout for opportunities for crews to put in control lines in the steep, rugged terrain of the Arroyo Seco drainage. There are still no plans for a burnout operation from Arroyo Seco at this time unless wind and weather conditions push fire managers to execute a contingency plan to burnout around that area for the safety of the public and to protect private property.  

Dozers from CalFire and Ft. Hunter Liggett are continuing the construction of fire line from Arroyo Seco to Coleman Canyon area where structure protection work continues. Crews are using the 2008 Indian Fire scar as a control feature if forecasted winds begin to push the fire east toward homes, private property and other values at risk. 

Crews are continuing the methodical work of slowly bringing fire through structures in the Pacific Valley area down to Highway 1. Aerial ignitions continue to assist firefighters on the ground by safely igniting the steep hillside so fire backs down to the Highway.

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. SCPA 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. All National Forest Lands are closed to public entry in California.  

WEATHER: A forecasted high pressure weather system will begin moving through the fire area this afternoon and evening, bringing hotter temperatures to the eastern portion of the fire area which will increase fire behavior. The system will also change the wind direction from a southwesterly low to a north westerly flow.  

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

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Until the morning briefing arrives, here are the early morning heat maps. McKern Road is looking really, really good, and Arroyo Seco is cold. There is a bit of heat along Highway 1 and in Mill Valley, but much better than yesterday. Good news from the maps by John Chesnut.

Dolan Fire, Day 30, 9/16/20

Now to round out the day and end our evening, here are the heat detection maps of John Chesnut.

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Dolan Fire
Update – September 16, 20
Rob Allen, Incident Commander
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Fire Information: 831-272-0222
Media Information: 831-272-0221
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lospadresnationalforest
Size: 122,178 acres Containment: 40% Personnel: 758 Start Date: August 18, 2020 Cause: Under Investigation Structures Damaged: 4 Structures Destroyed: 19
YESTERDAY’S ACTIVITIES: Firefighters began a burnout operation to tie in the southern portion of the fire from Highway 1 to the black containment line on southeast portion of the fire area yesterday. Crews began the methodical process of joining the burnout operation from Prewitt Ridge down to the highway through the Pacific Valley subdivision, along Prewitt Ridge to McKern Road.
TODAY’S ACTIVITIES: Firefighters will continue the burnout operation on McKern Road today. Crews and heavy equipment spent several days preparing roads to be used as containment lines on a planned burnout that is intended to prevent the fire from moving south of McKern and Nacimiento-Ferguson Roads. Ignitions that began along Prewitt Ridge yesterday will progress slowly east today with firefighters along McKern Road using water to cool the perimeter. Fixed wing aircraft will be available for retardant drops to moderate fire behavior and helicopters could potentially assist with aerial ignitions to fill in areas of unburned fuel. This burnout operation is expected to take a few days to complete depending on wind and weather conditions.
CalFire and structure protection crews assigned to the incident have nearly completed structure protection work in Arroyo Seco and are continuing to prioritize that work for Tassajara as well. Helicopters assisted firefighters on the ground by cooling hot spots in the Arroyo Seco drainage yesterday and will continue to be available to pick up hot spots today. Firefighters will continue working to keep fire south and east of the river. There are no plans for a burnout operation from Arroyo Seco at this time unless wind and weather conditions push fire managers to execute a contingency plan to burnout around that area for the safety of the public and to protect private property.
Dozers from CalFire and Ft. Hunter Liggett are continuing the construction of fire line from Arroyo Seco along the base of Paloma Ridge and Pine Canyon and using the 2008 Indian Fire scar as a control feature. These fire lines are available if a possible burnout operation is necessary to prevent the fire from moving farther east into Pine Canyon.
There’s a forecasted wind change on Thursday from generally southerly winds to northwest/west winds. While wind speeds are not predicted to increase, the change of direction could push fire farther east. Hot and dry conditions will persist inland and on the east side of the fire area and firefighters are expecting very active fire behavior.
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. SCPA Monterey County can assist with rescuing, sheltering, and evacuating animals. Call 831-373-2631 – day; 831-264-5455 – night; http://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. All National Forest Lands are closed to public entry in California.
WEATHER: The marine layer has been difficult to forecast but generally, there has been decreasing coverage, especially inland where temperatures are getting hotter with lower relative humidities throughout the day. Continued winds out of the southwest.

Email: 2020.Dolan@firenet.gov
Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7018

Caveat: The map below appears to be the same one from yesterday, as it doesn’t show yesterday’s firing operation off of McKern, which is about 1/2 way done. Check John Chesnut’s heat maps down below for a more accurate picture.

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And showing the progress of the McKern burn out ops (photos of this op in a separate post later today) here are John Chesnut’s maps:

Dolan Fire, Day 29, 9/15/20


Effective immediately
The Evacuation Warnings have been lifted for the following zones:

 A-DOLAN RIDGE ZONE
B1-LUCIA NORTH ZONE
C-PARTINGTON RIDGE ZONE

The area of the above Zones are as follows:

Highway 1 at Post Mile 39(Torre Canyon Bridge)
South to:

Highway 1 at the road into the Camaldoli Hermitage(post mile 22)
West of Highway 1 to the Pacific Ocean
East of Highway 1 to North Coast Ridge Road

This zone does not include the road into the Camaldoli Hermitage

Effective immediately
The Evacuation ORDER of B2-LUCIA SOUTH ZONE has been downgraded to an Evacuation WARNING.

The B2-LUCIA SOUTH ZONE area is as follows:

Highway 1 at the road into the Camaldoli Hermitage(post mile 22)
South to:

Highway 1 at Nacimiento Fergusson Road
West of Highway 1 to the Pacific ocean
East of Highway 1 to Cone Peak Road

The southern boundary is, but NOT including Nacimiento Fergusson Road.

This zone includes the road into the Camaldoli Hermitage

NOTE: The forest area is still under a forest closure order, so all trails in the forest and trailheads into the forest are closed.

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.

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YESTERDAY’S ACTIVITIES: Firefighters made good progress constructing fire line between Prewitt ridge along McKern and Nacimiento-Fergison Roads yesterday. The critical piece of ground connects the existing black contained fire perimeter along roads to Highway 1 in preparation for a burnout operation that is intended to prevent the fire from moving south.  

CalFire resources have added capacity to the structure protection work in Arroyo Seco in addition to assisting with the construction of containment lines on the east side of the fire. 

TODAY’S ACTIVITIES: Dozers are finishing the process of widening roads being used as fire line between Prewitt Ridge and existing black containment lines on the southern portion of the fire area. The burnout operation will take a few days to execute but is being done to tie in and hold the southern portion of the fire area. 

Night crews prepared day shift firefighters by laying 5,500 feet of hose on McKern Road in preparation for holding ignitions that are planned to start at Prewitt Ridge, moving slowly east today. Ignitions in this area will move slowly with the assistance of aerial resources dropping retardant along the road to moderate fire behavior. This work is being done in anticipation of a forecasted wind change with predominant southerly winds changing to northwest winds later this week.  

Similar weather conditions will face firefighters again today as a marine layer moderates fire activity on the coastal side, which will assist firefighters in continuing the methodical work of bringing fire around the Pacific Valley subdivision down to Highway 1. Hot and dry conditions will persist inland and on the east side of the fire area and firefighters are expecting very active fire behavior. 

Structure protection work continues in the Arroyo Seco area with both federal forces and CalFire preparing those structures in case fire pushes into the Arroyo Seco drainage. Helicopters will cool hot spots as smoke conditions allow. Firefighters will continue working to keep fire south and east of the river. There are no plans for a burnout operation from Arroyo Seco at this time unless wind and weather conditions push fire managers to execute a contingency plan to burnout around that area for the safety of the public and to protect private property. 

Dozers from CalFire and Ft. Hunter Liggett are continuing the construction of fire line from Arroyo Seco along the base of Pine Canyon and using the 2008 Indian Fire scar as a control feature. These fire lines will eventually be used as the perimeter of a large burnout operation to prevent the fire from moving farther east into Pine Canyon. 

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. SCPA 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. All National Forest Lands are closed to public entry in California.  

WEATHER: The lifting of the marine layer will happen sooner today and lead to increased fire activity this morning and throughout the day. Hot temperatures and terrain driven southwest winds are predicted throughout the day. 

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

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Here is an interesting map John found. Nothing new, but the progression is fascinating. Note, the fire fighting powers do not count the first 24 hours as an “operations day” as it is referred to as “initial attack.”

Starting our day again with John Chesnut’s maps:

No Spy Tower in Big Sur

All,
This morning (9/14/2020) U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) withdrew its negative determination (ND-0011-20) for deployment of a portable temporary tower surveillance system at Lucia Ranch, Big Sur, Monterey County. CBP has decided not to pursue implementation of this project at Lucia Ranch. As a result, this negative determination and the associated public hearing has been withdrawn from the Coastal Commission’s October 2020 meeting agenda. 
You may contact me at the email address below should you have any questions regarding this matter. Best regards,

Larry SimonManager, Federal Consistency UnitEnergy, Ocean Resources and   Federal Consistency DivisionCalifornia Coastal Commission

BSMAAC Meeting Friday

Dear Big Sur MAAC Community,

Attached please find the agenda packet for the BSMAAC meeting scheduled onFriday, September 18th  at 10am.

The meeting will be conducted virtually.  You may access the meeting online using the following link:

https://montereycty.zoom.us/j/94639719941?pwd=NVRSVHFKbHZSRVc2N1FXV1NDdGJzQT09

Passcode: 764069

Or one-tap mobile: 

    US: +16699006833,,94639719941#

Or via telephone using any of the below telephone numbers:

+1 669 900 6833  

+1 346 248 7799  

Webinar ID: 946 3971 9941

If you have any questions or need further information, please feel free to contact me via email at andersony@co.monterey.ca.us

BSMAAC Members, please look for a second email from me with your personalized log-in information.

Sincerely,

Yuri 

Yuri C. Anderson | Chief of Staff

Office of Supervisor Mary L. Adams, Fifth District

1200 Aguajito Road, Suite 100

Monterey, CA 93940

(D) 831.647.7755

Dolan Fire, Day 28, 9/14/20

Final two maps from John Chesnut tonight, and probably last update for me.

Plan is to fire off the McKern Road dozer line north.

There will be a virtual public meeting today at 2:00 p.m. on the U.S. Forest Service Los Padres Facebook Page 

YESTERDAY’S ACTIVITIES: Line construction along the ridge above Pine Canyon continued to hold the fire north of communities. Crews began a burnout operation off of constructed containment lines on the southern end of Prewitt Ridge in an effort to prevent the fire from moving south of McKern Ridge. Structure protection continued around Arroyo Seco yesterday. Fire behavior remained minimal overnight with some more moderate behavior around Nacimiento Campground. At 6:00 p.m. last night, Pacific Northwest Team 2 and Fort Hunter Liggett is now in unified command with CalFire. This will improve coordination and add personnel to suppression efforts across the fire.
 

TODAY’S ACTIVITIES: Southwest winds are expected to challenge firefighters again today, pushing fire into the Arroyo Seco drainage. Several CalFire resources will immediately add capacity to the structure protection work in Arroyo Seco in addition to assisting with the construction of containment lines on the east side of the fire. 

One of the top priorities for today will be for dozers to construct fire line between Prewitt and McKern ridges to keep fire from moving south of McKern Ridge. Steep, rugged terrain, extremely dry fuels and windy conditions will increase fire behavior above the marine layer today and aerial resources will assist firefighting efforts on the ground when conditions are favorable for flying to cool hot spots. 

A heavy marine layer should moderate fire behavior on the coastal side of the Dolan Fire today, giving firefighters an opportunity to improve containment lines and continue mop-up. Firefighters will strengthen lines off of Prewitt Ridge and continue mop-up around structures. With the heavy marine layer, the fire is expected to back down to South Coast Highway 1 and firefighters will monitor structures in the area to ensure that fire behavior remains low.  

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. SCPA 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. All National Forest Lands are closed to public entry in California.  

WEATHER: Thinning of smoke and lifting of marine layer will lead to increased fire activity today. Increased temperatures and terrain driven winds are predicted throughout the day. 

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DolanFire Morning Overview 9/14/2020

This morning the DOlan Fire is at 118,465 acres and remains 40% contained.

Overnight, the marine layer remained offshore, resulting in active burning of the firing operation backing down Prewitt Ridge to Pacific Valley. Crews held the line. This is a crucial step in stopping the fire’s southward progress.

In addition to stopping the fire from coming down the Highway 1 corridor, the fire must also be stopped from spreading southward farther inland. To accomplish that objective, today dozers will continue working on fireline across McKern Ridge.

In the Arroyo Seco area, dozers and crews will continue line construction along the ridgelines shown in photos and videos yesterday. Many of these lines remain in place from previous fires, such as the 2008 Indians Fire. As noted in last night’s overview, the fire is now in unified command with CalFire to coordinate firefighting efforts here.

There will be a virtual community meeting at 2:00 this afternoon via Facebook Live on the Los Padres page. Questions may be submitted in advance on Facebook or emailed to 2020.dolan@firenet.gov. The meeting will also be recorded for later viewing.

For more Dolan Fire information, please visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7018/.

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As always, here to start your day, the John Chesnut maps of the two edges of the fire…no movement toward my place looks good…

Dolan Fire, Day 27, 9/13/20

John Chesnut maps:

U.S. Forest Service – Los Padres National Forest:

about 8am , 9/13/2020

DolanFire morning overview 9/13/2020:

This morning the fire is at 117,242 acres and remains at 40% contained.

Last night at about 10:30 p.m., hotshot and engine crews contained the increased fire activity that had started late in the afternoon on Fort Hunter Liggett along the Del Venturi Road.

There was minimal fire activity along Highway 1 last night. A thin marine layer and a heavy inversion reduced visibility to zero at times along the Nacimiento-Ferguson Road. Fire activity in the Arroyo Seco area was also minimal overnight.

Incident Overview 9/13/2020: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7018/…

Map 9/13/2020: https://www.facebook.com/lospadresnationalforest/photos/pcb.3234193030026992/3234192336693728/?type=3&theater

Photo: Structure protection saved the historic Encinales Adobe, thanks to the hard work of the USFS Ventana Handcrew stationed at Fort Hunter Liggett, the Chumash Tribal Crew, USFS Los Padres National Forest Engine 319 from Arroyo Seco, and many others. Later today we will post additional photos on this story. Photo courtesy of Jason Nez, Resource Advisor.

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YESTERDAY’S ACTIVITIES: Thinning of smoke and lifting of the marine layer over the fire led to increased fire activity yesterday afternoon. Crews, engines, dozers and aircraft responded to the Arroyo Seco area and Fort Hunter Liggett as a result of increased active fire behavior. Retardant drops were utilized along the southwest edge to help slow the fire’s progression while crews brought the fire down to South Coast Highway 1 securing that edge of the fire. A Mobile Retardant Base (MRB) was set up yesterday in Arroyo Seco to support fire crews on the ground. 

Overnight firefighters focused on bolstering structure protection around Arroyo Seco and continued firefighting efforts on Fort Hunter Liggett. Burn operations held overnight on the southern edge of the fire in the Prewitt Ridge area. The northwest and western edges of the fire along Highway 1 are in patrol status. The rest of the fire was relatively quiet overnight. 

TODAY’S ACTIVITIES: Direct and indirect actions along the eastern and southern perimeters continue including connecting control lines and initiate burn operations. Firefighters will scout control opportunities with the highest probability of success to tie in the Sobranes Fire scar to Arroyo Seco River. Burn operations will continue as conditions allow around structures and values at risk to remove unburned fuels between the main fire and control lines in the Arroyo Seco. Line construction along the ridge above Pine Canyon will continue over the next several days to hold the fire west or north of communities.  

Along the south edge firefighters will continue burnout operations utilizing dozer lines and air support to connect line on Prewitt Ridge. Dozer work will continue on McKern Ridge to extend control line down to Highway 1. Firefighters will clean up and secure the edge around recent firing operations near Hermitage to protect structures. Significant heat remains throughout the fire area as fuels continue to burn. 

Structure protection and hoselays will remain in place around Partington community as resources shift to the south and eastern sides of the fire. The northeast and western edges are in patrol status. Nationwide fire resources are stretched thin. 

If you have questions on the Dolan Fire incident you can ask them on the Los Padres National Forest Facebook page which is monitored from 7am-9pm daily. For evacuation questions call 211. Specific incident information can be found at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7018.   

REPORTING NOTE: Since the beginning of the fire 4 structures have been damaged and 14 residences destroyed. Five non-residential structures (for example, barns or outbuildings) have also been destroyed; starting today, we will include these in the update under “number of structures destroyed.” So even though today’s report shows 19 structures destroyed, that is a reporting change rather than an actual increase in the number of burned buildings. Damage is assessed daily and crews continue to prioritize structure protection in all communities. 

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. SCPA 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.  All National Forest Lands are closed to public entry in California.   

WEATHER: Thinning of smoke and lifting of marine layer will lead to increased fire activity today. Increased temperatures and terrain driven winds are predicted throughout the day.   

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

And here is an interesting little factoid from the chp website. Looks like MM 18.5 or the Mill Creek Bridge area:

7:51 PM5[9] 1039 S3
7:47 PM4[8] [Notification] [CHP]-[7] 27-N7 CALIFORNIA TOW ENRT TO 18*5 TO RECOVER US FORESTRY TRUCK OVER THE SIDE / PLS ADVZ 27-S7
7:47 PM3[7] 27-N7 CALIFORNIA TOW ENRT TO 18*5 TO RECOVER US FORESTRY TRUCK OVER THE SIDE / PLS ADVZ 27-S7

Here are John Chesnut’s maps. The daily report will follow when received.