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Dolan Fire

Unit Information

Los Padres National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
6750 Navigator Way
Goleta, CA 93117

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Dolan Fire Information
Phone: 831-244-3762
Hours: S-S 7am-6pm

Highlighted Activity

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Announcement - 10/24/2020
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The Coleman fire started at approximately 1200 pm on October 18, 2020, and is estimated at 574 acres with 63% 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

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Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
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 CommanderEA Silver IMT: Steve Goldman IC, Lucas Minton IC(t),
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates36.123 latitude, -121.602 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel254
Size124,924 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained98%
Estimated Containment DateSaturday October 24th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Chaparral (6 feet)

Short Grass (1 foot)

Brush (2 feet)

Narrative: The area is surrounded by recent fire scars except to the SE where there is little record of landscape burning since 1999 if not earlier. Recent burn scars, such as the 2016 Soberanes, have helped reduce

fire spread. In the 2008 fire scar areas, where shrub growth is recent the fuels are not 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 predictive service areas of Southern California for extremely dry fuels. Low live fuels moistures combined with poor humidity recoveries can result in very active behavior on the Dolan fire, even in the absence of significant winds.

Significant Events




Narrative: Fire activity is minimal and suppression repair continues in affected areas.


Planned Actions

Use ground resources if terrain allows to directly engage areas of heat that pose a threat to the line

along the southern, southwestern, and northeastern perimeter of the incident. Use engines to mop up

and secure in areas of opportunity. Continue to monitor and protect values at risk. Evaluate, develop and

institute suppression repair needs based on values at risk and continue to complete repair work with the

resources on hand. To the extent possible, resources will continue to assist on the new fire start.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours:Fire behavior will diminish in the unburned island at Limekiln State Park.

24 hours: Fire behavior should continue to diminish with isolated activity within unburned fuels in the

fire's interior as cooler weather and higher humidity is in the forecast.

48 hours: Fire behavior should continue to diminish.

72 hours: Fire behavior should continue to diminish.

Anticipated after 72 hours: None anticipated


Numerous Dolan Fire resources are assisting the Coleman Fire which originated this afternoon a few miles outside of the Dolan Fire.

Recovery operations of an engine will have the Nacimiento-Fergusson Road closed from 10:00-1600 on


Current Weather

Weather Concerns

A gradual and modest cooling trend will continue through

Monday, and humidity will increase slightly. But overall, warm and dry conditions will persist. Winds will remain light.