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Containment of Dolan Fire in Big Sur grows to 46%, increased fire activity still a concern this weekend

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Posted at 5:01 PM, Sep 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-19 20:01:17-04

Firefighters have been able to increase containment lines of the Dolan Fire recently.

As of Saturday, the Dolan Fire, burning near Big Sur, has burned 128,050 acres and is 46% contained, according to the Los Padres National Forest Service.

On Friday, fire officials said gusty winds created some visible smoke from burnout operations along Highway 1, but winds were favorable on the south side of the fire where crews were able to hold down fire lines.

This weekend, firefighters are monitoring hot and dry conditions which could increase fire activity in the area. Crews are relying on infrared technology to identify potential pockets of heat near fire lines and drop retardant or water on them.

Firefighters have been able to hold fire lines along Prewitt Ridge and around to McKern Road where fire from Wednesday’s burnout operation has joined the main fire.

In Saturday's press release, officials with the Los Padres National Forest Service said there has been little fire activity around Arroyo Seco and structure protection there is complete.

However, steep, rugged terrain is making it difficult for crews to access the northeastern portion of the fire so instead, firefighters are relying on helicopters to cool hot spots on the south side of the river.

EVACUATIONS: The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office has evacuations ORDERS and WARNINGS in effect. Click here for a list of evacuations.

ROAD CLOSURES: HWY 1 is closed between mile post 25 and mile post 10. Nacimiento-Ferguson Rd is closed to all traffic from Highway 1 to the Fort Hunter Liggett base boundary line. For more information visit

REGIONAL FOREST CLOSURES: Regional Order No. 20-10 USDA Forest Service has closed public entry to several national forests including the Los Padres National Forest.