Dolan Fire

Dolan Fire

* Active Incident *

The Dolan Fire was first reported on the evening of August 18, 2020, at approximately 8:15 PM about 10 miles south of the Big Sur community.  Active Fire behavior was observed with long range spotting, uphill runs, flanking and backing fire. The fire was initially managed by the members of Big Sur Fire, the U.S. Forest Service, and Cal Fire. Due to the extensive history of large fires in the area, statewide resource issues and a high degree of complexity, a decision was quickly made to request a Type 1 incident management team. California Interagency Incident Management Team 2, under the command of Mike Minton entered into unified command with Big Sur Fire on the morning of August 21, 2020.  On the morning on September 3, 2020, the Pacific Northwest Incident Management Team 2 took over the overall management of the incident.

Although the cause of the fire is listed as unknown, an adult male that confronted firefighters as they arrived shortly after the fire started has been arrested on multiple charges including Arson to Forest Land.  August 27, 2020 – “Arson Arrest Near Dolan Fire Origin Points to ‘Cartel-Style’ Cannabis Grow – Monterey County Weekly

Since the start of the fire near Dolan Canyon, the fire has spread north, south, and east, and has threatened areas west of Highway 1 towards the Pacific Ocean.  The fire’s activity is being influenced of steep terrain, an abundance of thick vegetation, constant on-shore winds, and fluctuating marine layer conditions.   Evacuation orders and warnings have been issued and revised as needed.  Although full containment was initially expected on September 16, 2020, as of September 8, 2020, there is no expected date of containment.

After steadily growing in size for nearly three weeks, on September 7, 2020, during record breaking high temperatures over the Labor Day weekend, the fire saw explosive growth by more than doubling in size in less than 24 hours from 36,237 acres on the morning of September 7th., to 73,089 acres on the morning of September 8th.   At about 0830 hours on the morning of September 8th, 13 forest service firefighters and 2 dozer operators were forced to deploy their personal fire shelters while attempting to protect the Nacimiento Station. (a Forest Service fire station on Nacimiento-Ferguson Road near the intersection of the South Coast Ridge Road).  During the shelter deployment and fight for survival, three firefighters were seriously injured and the Nacimiento Station was completely destroyed. The three injured firefighters were flown by air ambulance to a hospital in Fresno, CA.  As of September 9, 2020, all three are in stable condition.

Due to the recent rapid growth of the fire beginning on September 7, 2020, containment of the fire has dropped from 40% on the morning of September 7th down to 20% on the morning of September 9th. As the fire rapidly expands, firefighters are looking for containment opportunities including sections of the burn scar left behind by the Indians Fire in the summer of 2008. On the early morning hours of September 8th., the fire’s southeast edge has now entered the U.S. Army Garrison Fort Hunter Liggett. Aggressive firing operations are now occurring on the military property in an effort to prevent the fire from impacting critical military infrastructure.

As the fire moved farther to the southeast,  On September 10, 2020, a unified command of the Dolan Fire was established with the U.S. Army Garrison Fort Hunter Liggett. Heavy smoke from fires in Oregon, Washington and California mixed with the marine layer allowed firefighters to engage in burnout operations which primarily contributed to recent perimeter’s growth. Burnouts were conducted along the Nacimiento-Ferguson Road and Del Venturi Road and and other parts of Fort Hunter Liggett which were supported by aircraft  retardant and water drops. Northern fire lines were tested by Southern winds and held.

Two of the three firefighters hospitalized after a burn-over and shelter deployment on September 8th at Nacimiento Station were released on September 9th. The third is in stable condition and is able to talk with friends and family. An accident investigation is currently being conducted.

Since much of the fire activity shifted east and southeast, away from the Big Sur Coast, the Incident Command Post was re-located to King City, CA, over the weekend of September 12 – 13, 2020. This reduced travel, both time and distance, and put support personnel closer to firefighters on the line in the areas of Fort Hunter Liggett, Pine Canyon out of King City, and Arroyo Seco. In line with focusing suppression operations on the very active southeastern edge of the fire, a fire retardant base was established in the Arroyo Seco area.  On the evening of September 13, 2020, the Pacific Northwest Team 2 and the U.S. Army Garrison Fort Hunter Liggett established a unified command with CalFire. This improved coordination and added personnel to suppression efforts across the fire.

As of September 18, 2020, the Dolan Fire has burned 127,724 acres making it the fourth largest fire in Monterey County history.  The fire is 45% contained and 19 structures have been destroyed. With the fire completely contained in the northwest section, many of the assigned firefighters were re-located to the south portion of the fire where containment efforts are continuing.

 

Dolan Fire Daily Updates:

September 16, 2020:  Dolan Fire Morning Update:  HERE

September 15, 2020:  Dolan Fire Morning Update:  HERE

September 14, 2020:  Dolan Fire Morning Update:  HERE

September 13, 2020:  Dolan Fire Morning Update:  HERE

September 12, 2020:  Dolan Fire Morning Update:  HERE

September 11, 2020:  Dolan Fire Morning Update:  HERE

September 10, 2020:  Dolan Fire Morning Update: HERE

September 9, 2020:  Dolan Fire Morning Update:  HERE

September 8, 2020:  Dolan Fire Morning Update: HERE

September 7, 2020: Dolan Fire Morning Update:  HERE

September 6, 2020: Dolan Fire Morning Update:  HERE

September 5, 2020: Dolan Fire Morning Update:  HERE

September 4, 2020: Dolan Fire Morning Update:  HERE

September 3, 2020: Dolan Fire Evening Update:  HERE

September 3, 2020: Dolan Fire Morning Update: HERE

September 2, 2020: Dolan Fire Evening Update:  HERE

September 2, 2020 – 8:00 AM:  Dolan Fire Update: HERE

September 1, 2020 – 8:00 PM:  Dolan Fire Update from the USFS and Big Sur Fire HERE

September 1, 2020 – 8:00 AM:  Dolan Fire Update from the USFS and Big Sur Fire HERE

August 31, 2020 – 8:00 PM:  Dolan Fire Update from the USFS and Big Sur Fire HERE

August 31, 2020 – 8:00 AM:  Dolan Fire Update from the USFS and Big Sur Fire HERE

August 30, 2020 – 8:00 PM: Dolan Fire Update from the USFS and Big Sur Fire HERE

August 30, 2020 – 8:00 AM: Dolan Fire Update from the USFS and Big Sur Fire HERE

August 29, 2020 – 8:00 PM:  Dolan Fire Update from the USFS and Big Sur Fire HERE

August 29, 2020 – 8:00 AM:  Dolan Fire Update from the USFS and Big Sur Fire HERE

August 28, 2020 – 8:00 PM: Dolan Fire Update from the USFS and Big Sur Fire HERE

August 28, 2020 – 8:00 AM: Dolan Fire Update from the USFS and Big Sur Fire HERE

August 27, 2020 – 8:00 PM:  Dolan Fire Update from the USFS and Big Sur Fire HERE

August 27, 2020 – 8:00 AM:  Dolan Fire Update from the USFS and Big Sur Fire HERE

August 26, 2020 – 8:00 PM:  Dolan Fire Update from the USFS and Big Sur Fire HERE

August 26, 2020 – 8:00 AM:  Dolan Fire Update from the USFS and Big Sur Fire HERE

August 25, 2020 – 8:00 PM:  Dolan Fire Update from the USFS and Big Sur Fire HERE

August 25, 2020 – 8:00 AM:  Dolan Fire Update from the USFS and Big Sur Fire HERE

August 24, 2020 – 8:00 PM:  Dolan Fire Update from the USFS and Big Sur Fire HERE

August 24, 2020 – 8:00 AM:  Dolan Fire Update from the USFS and Big Sur Fire HERE

August 23, 2020 – 8:00 PM:  Dolan Fire Update from the USFS and Big Sur Fire HERE

August 23, 2020 – 8:00 AM:  Dolan Fire Update from the USFS and Big Sur Fire HERE

August 22, 2020 – 8:00 AM:  Dolan Fire Update from the USFS and Big Sur Fire HERE

August 21, 2020 – 8:00 AM:  Dolan Fire update from the USFS and Big Sur Fire HERE

 

Dolan Fire Notices:

September 9, 2020 Evacuation Order for Monterey County OES Zone 28

September 9, 2020Evacuation Order for Monterey County OES Zone 24

September 9, 2020 Evacuation Order for Monterey County OES Zone 26

September 9, 2020Evacuation Order for Monterey County OES Zone 27

September 8, 2020Dolan Fire Shelter Deployment – Firefighter Injuries

September 8, 2020Evacuation Order for Monterey County OES  Zone L – Gorda

September 8, 2020Evacuation Order for Monterey County OES Zone K

September 2, 2020: “Update – Reduction of Evacuation Order to Warning – Partington Zone C: HERE

August 31, 2020: New Dolan Fire Evacuation Order – Dolan Fire Management Team HERE

August 31, 2020:  Dolan Fire Management Team – New Dolan Fire Evacuation Order

August 25, 2020: USFS – Los Padres National Forest – Area Closure Map

August 25, 2020: USFS – Los Padres National Forest – Area Closure Order Issued for Dolan Fire

August 20, 2020:  Big Sur Fire Chief Matt Harris’ Statement Concerning the Dolan Fire HERE

 

News / Media Reports:

September 17, 2020 – Dolan Fire Shelter Deployment at Nacimiento Station – Community Association of Big Sur

September 17, 2020 -“Dolan Fire Sep 17: Fires Moves Away from the Coast, Highway 1 Still Closed” – KSBW

September 13, 2020 – “Dolan Fire Ranks Fourth Largest Fire in Monterey County History” – KION 46

September 11, 2020 – “Dolan Fire Near Big Sur Grows, Injured Firefighters Improve, Winds Move Smoke North” – The Mercury News

September 10, 2020 – “Map: Dolan Fire Evacuations Expand as Flames Near Historic Mission” The Mercury News

September 8, 2020 – “Big Sur Fire Brigade Called Back to Help Battle the Dolan Fire” – KSBW

September 8, 2020 – “15 Firefighters on Dolan Fire Became Entrapped by Fire and Deployed Shelters” – Wildfire Today

September 5, 2020 – “Update: Dolan Fire Near Big Sur Grows to 32k Acres Amid Labor Day Weekend Heat Wave” – KSBY 

September 4, 2020 – “Dolan Fire Sep 4: USFS Firefighters Concerned of Weekend Heat” – KSBW

September 2, 2020 – “Dolan Fire Sep 2: Fire Containment Grows to 35%, burns 31,005 Acres” – KSBW

August 31, 2020 -“New Evacuation Order for Dolan Fire in South Monterey County” – Monterey Herald

August 30, 2020 – “Dolan Fire Aug 30: Containment up to 25%” – KSBW

August 30, 2020 – “How the Dolan Fire Turned California’s Most Scenic Route into a Smoldering Ghost Highway” – SLO Tribune

August 29, 2020 – “Dolan Fire Aug. 29: East Perimeter Grew Overnight” – KSBW

August 29, 2020 – “One Condor Egg Discovered Alive, but 13 Still Missing as Dolan Fire Burns Near Big Sur” – SLO Tribune

August 28, 2020 – “Big Sur Wildfire Runs Through Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park” – SFGate

August 28, 2020 – “Big Sur’s Dolan Fire May Have Arson, Cannabis Connections” – San Francisco Chronicle

August 27, 2020 – “Arson Arrest Near Dolan Fire Origin Points to ‘Cartel-Style’ Cannabis Grow – Monterey County Weekly

August 26, 2020 – “Photos: Fighting the Dolan Fire in Big Sur” – Monterey Herald

August 26, 2020 – “Fate of Endangered California Condors Unknown After Wildfire Lays Waste to Habitat” – KCBS

August 24, 2020 – “Dolan Fire Near 20,000 Acres, 10 Percent Contained” – SFGate

August 23, 2020 – “Big Sur Residents Live Uneasily Alongside Dolan Fire Raging Nearby” – Salinas Californian

August 22, 2020 – “Dolan Fire Near Big Sur Grows to 14,000 acres – But it’s Now 10% Contained” – SLO Tribune

August 21, 2020 – “Official Links: Central Coast Wildfire Relief Fund” – KSBW

August 19, 2020 – “Monterey County Deputies Arrest Arson Suspect in 2,500-acre Big Sur Fire” – Salinas Californian

August 19, 2020 – “Dolan Fire Shuts Highway 1 and Burns In All Directions” – Patch / MSN