Start / Report Date: Aug. 18, 2020
Fuels Involved: Chaparral, Brush, Timber understory
Location: Hwy 1(MM32.20) N of Limekiln State Park, 10 miles S of Big Sur
Hand Crews: 6
Fixed wing: 1
Water Tenders: 3
Total Personnel: 400
Current Situation: The Dolan Fire was reported August 18, 2020, just after 8:00 p.m. Active Fire behavior was observed with long range spotting, uphill runs, flanking and backing fire. California Interagency Incident Management Team 2, under the command of Mike Minton entered into unified command with Big Sur Fire this morning at 6:00 a.m.
Today priorities focused on the preparation and protection of structures on the north and south ends of the fire. On the north end, in the Partington Ridge area, an Evacuation Warning was upgraded to an Evacuation Order. Firefighters are prepping for structure protection and building fire line around an area that burnt across the North Coast Ridge Road yesterday. This fire is burning in the Sobranes Fire scar. Confidence that this fire will be caught is high.
The fire was active today in the area of Hermitage. Bulldozers were used to build a protection line to the north of threatened structures and firefighters prepped around the structures in the area. The dozer line is expected to be challenged by the fire again tomorrow. The primary fire spread today was to the south.
Firefighters will also be working in the area of Anderson Peak. Communications infrastructure for multiple agencies is threatened. Crews will be removing vegetation and cutting lines around this site.
A layer of smoke remained over most of the fire area again today making it difficult to ascertain the exact location of the fire’s perimeter. One big concern is San Vicente Creek on the south end. This information is important in planning the strategy for control of the south end. The current control objectives are to keep the fire south of Partington Ridge, north of Nacimiento Fergusson Road, east of Highway 1, and west of Coast Ridge Road.
The fire is threatening the communities of Partington Ridge, Big Sur and Lucia. Multiple businesses, communications sites, parks and recreational sites are also threatened. Among natural resources threatened are the Ventana Wilderness and coastal watershed and habitat for threatened and endangered species, including the California condor.
Fire activity in the western United States has caused a high demand for fire personnel and equipment. The nation is in Preparedness Level 5 (PL5), the highest level. In PL5 over 80% of the nation’s incident management teams and wildland firefighting personnel are committed to incidents. Resource orders are being prioritized to fires across California and the west.
Updates and Meetings: Fire Information is producing two daily written updates. To request an update email email@example.com and provide your email. A daily video update will be posted to the Los Padres National Forest Facebook page and Inciweb (See links in header). Additionally, a live online community meeting will be held on the Los Padres National Forest Facebook page tomorrow at 2:00 p.m.
Weather: Tomorrow clouds from former Hurricane Genevieve are expected to move over the fire area in the afternoon. Saturday night through Sunday morning there is a slight chance of dry thunderstorms. A Fire Weather Watch has been issued from Sunday at 11:00 a.m. through Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. due to a potential for Thunderstorms.
Evacuations / Closures: Click here for an interactive map of Monterey County evacuations.
The Partington Ridge community Evacuation Warning was upgraded to an Evacuation Order this morning. Though the order was in effect immediately, residents will have until 9:00 a.m. on Saturday to move belongings from their property.
The closure of Highway 1 has changed. The highway is now closed near mile marker 38/Troy Canyon on the north and Hermitage on the south.
Smoke: The Monterey Bay Air Resources District has issued a Wildfire Air Quality Advisory. When the concentration of smoke has reached UNHEALTHY levels of the AQI, residents should limit their activity by staying indoors with the doors and windows closed to avoid breathing smoke. Updates on the current air quality forecast and Air Monitoring data can be found at http://air.mbard.org/.
Carmel Fire Info: https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2020/8/18/carmel-fire/
River Fire Info: https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2020/8/16/river-fire/
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Cooperating and Assisting Organizations: National Weather Service, California Highway Patrol, Monterey County Sheriff’s Department, Big Sur Volunteers, Cal Trans, California State Parks, OES, Ventana Wilderness Alliance
Safety Message: Area residents are encouraged to prepare for the approach of fire in advance. Go to https://www.ready.gov/wildfires to learn how to prepare.