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15 firefighters injured during shelter deployment while battling the Dolan Fire

Posted at 1:52 PM, Sep 08, 2020

UPDATE (8:40 p.m.) -- Officials said the two firefighters in "fair" condition have since been released from the Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno.

The firefighter listed in "critical" condition is now in a stable condition and is planned to be released in the following days, according to a press release.

The remaining 11 firefighters injured are no longer assigned to the Dolan Fire.


Fifteen firefighters are suffering from injuries after a shelter deployment while battling the Dolan Fire near Big Sur.

Fire officials with the Los Padres National Forest say that on Tuesday at around 8:31 a.m. firefighters near the Nacimiento Station had to engage in shelter deployment as they worked to defend the station.

According to a press release, one of the firefighters was critically injured and another suffered serious injuries. Both firefighters were transported to Community Regional Hospital in Fresno by Life Flight. The other firefighters suffered burn injuries and smoke inhalation.

Fire officials say this is an evolving situation and they have procedures in place for emergencies such as this and are being assisted by local officials as part of that plan.

The Dolan Fire broke on Aug. 18 in the Big Sur area and has lead to many evacuation orders and the closure of Highway 1.

Fire officials say the fire was started due to arson, and an arrest has been made.

As of Sept. 8, the fire has burned 73,089 acres and is 40% contained. Fire officials do not have an estimated time for full containment.

You can find the latest information on evacuations and highway closures by visiting this website.