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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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Incident Contact

Dolan Fire Information
Email: 2020.dolan@firenet.gov
Phone: 831-244-3762
Hours: S-S 7am-6pm

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CLOSURE ORDER REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE MONTEREY RANGER DISTRICT

The Monterey Ranger District of the Los Padres NF remains closed under Closure Order Number 05-07-51-20-22. This closure order is in place to provide for visitor and firefighter safety. Additionally, emergency fire restrictions are in effect until November 6.

Basic Information

Current as of
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 CommanderThomas Gonzalez ICT3, Mark Alvarado ICT3(t)
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates36.123 latitude, -121.602 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel164
Size124,924 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained98%
Estimated Containment DateThursday October 29th, 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

Minimal

Creeping

Smoldering

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

Outlook

Planned Actions

Dry weather will bring more activity in the Small isolated areas of smoldering fuels which continue to be consumed.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours:Dry weather will bring more activity in the Small isolated areas of smoldering fuels which continue to be consumed..

24 hours: Dry weather will bring more activity in the Small isolated areas of smoldering fuels which continue to be consumed.

48 hours: Dry weather will bring more activity in the Small isolated areas of smoldering fuels which continue to be consumed.

72 hours: Dry weather will bring more activity in the Small isolated areas of smoldering fuels which continue to be consumed..

Anticipated after 72 hours: Dry weather will bring more activity in the Small isolated areas of smoldering fuels which continue to be consumed.

Remarks

Transfer of command to a Type 3 team will take place on Thursday, 10/29/20 at 1700. 1 grader is currently assigned to the incident.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

With high pressure dominating California weather, skies were clear and humidity low. Poor recovery this morning with 26 to 36 percent humidity recovery above the inversion, and 46 to 55 percent recovery below the inversion. Afternoon humidity inland lowered once again to the 8 to 13 percent range. Morning lows inland were in the lower to middle 30s with the ridges near the inversion reading 45 to 55. Wind remained light with the highest gust recorded at 13 mph.

Weather expected next 24/48/72 hours: Little change is expected Thursday through Saturday, 31 October. Inland temperatures will rise to the upper 70s to middle 80s on Thursday, and level off. Overnight lows will range from 38 to 46 for inland areas. Coastal locations will be cooler, 60s for highs and 50s for lows. Afternoon humidity for inland locations will continue to lower to the 8 to 16 percent range each afternoon. Wind will continue light, with gusts into the low teens during the early afternoons.