West side of the Dolan Fire along California coast is mostly contained

Dolan Fire
CALTRANS contractors on the Dolan Fire work to make Highway 1 safe for drivers. InciWeb.

Firefighters have almost half of the 31,409-acre Dolan Fire south of Big Sur contained. The fire’s spread on the western side is stopped, aided by Highway 1, the beach, and the Pacific Ocean, but there is much work left to do on the east side some of which is in very rough terrain.

Below is an update from the Incident Management Team Thursday morning:

“The Pacific Northwest 2 Incident Management Team assumed command of the Dolan Fire this morning following a successful transition with California Incident Management Team 2. Thank you to Incident Commander Mike Minton and his entire team for their expert management and work to date.

“The marine inversion layer kept fire activity minimal overnight, active fire in the east and south ends especially around Cone Peak. Although limited fire spread has occurred over the last few days, the excessive heat watch forecast for this weekend is expected to increase fire behavior. Firefighters continue to bolster containment lines in the northern and southern perimeters, mopping up and increasing the line depth along McWay Ridge and within the Lucia and Hermitage areas. Crews continue to work on the primary containment line north of the Naciemento-Ferguson Road and along the road to Cone Peak. This indirect line will serve as the primary containment line to keep the fire from spreading to the south toward nearby structures. Dozers, hand crews and masticators are also working on additional contingency lines farther south. Overnight crews continued improving lines and patrolling Highway 1 for roll outs and increased fire behavior. Crews began building direct line in the eastern edge of the fire within the Ventana Wilderness yesterday.

“Firefighters continue with structure protection all along Highway 1, in the Partington area north, and in the Lucia and Hermitage areas to the south. Currently on the fire there are: 5 Type 1 Hotshot crews, 8 Type 2 hand crews, 60 engines, 10 dozers, 10 helicopters, 8 water tenders, 2 masticators, and a variety of other equipment to support firefighting efforts.”

Dolan Fire September 2, 2020
Dolan Fire as seen from Plasket Road September 2, 2020. Credit: Scott Babinowich?
Dolan Fire map
Dolan Fire map, September 2, 2020.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

3 thoughts on “West side of the Dolan Fire along California coast is mostly contained”

  1. I guess it is the grey/black humour of firefighters but to add to my last comment – it is reassuring to know that we are surrounded by fire breaks without any national cross border challenges 🙂

  2. glad to see North America and Australia share a common fire break.

    We call it the Great Eastern Fire Break so I guess that makes it the Great Western Fire Break for you!!!

    being an island continent we also have the Great Southern (Southern Ocean), Western (Indian Ocean) and Northern (various seas and straits) Fire breaks as well.


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