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UPDATE: Dolan Fire near Big Sur grows to 32k acres amid Labor Day weekend heat wave

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Posted at 12:36 PM, Sep 05, 2020

Los Padres National Forest officials said Saturday the Dolan Fire near Big Sur has grown to more than 32,000 acres and is 40 percent contained.

According to an update from the Los Padres National Forest, the fire is moving to the south and east within the Ventana Wilderness and grew by several hundred acres on Friday.

The Dolan Fire has reached the San Antonio Creek drainage and has grown eastward along the Santa Lucia Range, according to a news release.

As the Labor Day weekend begins, fire officials are warning motorists to anticipate "increased traffic in areas accessible by the public."

Fire officials said evacuation orders remain in place for the area south of Nacimiento-Fergusson Road, west of South Coast Ridge to Prewitt Ridge including Alms Ridge.

Authorities issued a new evacuation warning Friday for the South Coast Ridge Road Zone 'K.' The evacuation warning for Partington Zone C remains in effect.

Officials said there are currently 855 fire personnel battling the 32,785-acre blaze. In addition, there are six Type 1 Hotshot crews, six Type 2 hand crews, 55 engines, seven dozers, 12 helicopters, 17 water tenders, four masticators and other fire equipment.

Highway 1 remains closed from north of Vista Point south to Pacific Valley, officials said.

Fire crews are continuing to patrol Highway 1 for rolling debris and increased fire behavior, with helicopters available to support ground crews throughout the day.