Posted by: Stan Russell | December 18, 2013

Pfeiffer Fire Update Dec. 18, 8:00 PM

Pfeiffer Fire
Los Padres National Forest December 18, 2013 8:00 PM UPDATE

Fire Information Phone: (831) 667-0951

Incident: Pfeiffer Fire, started on December 16, 2013
Location: Pfeiffer Ridge Area, Big Sur, CA
Agency Jurisdiction: USDA Forest Service.
Cooperating Agencies: Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade, CalFire, Monterey County Sheriff, OES, CHP, Red Cross, Cal Trans
Current Size: 843 Acres
Cause: Under Investigation
Containment: 74%
Est. Containment: 12-20-2013
Current Resources: Crews: 25 Engines: 67 Helicopters-9 Air tankers: 5 are Available Dozers: 2
Total Personnel: 1,007
Today’s Activities: Crews made excellent progress in containing the fire perimeter in all division by taking advantage of the higher humidity’s and calm winds. Today’s work by the firefighters accounted for the increase in containment.
Current Situation: Tonight firefighters are bracing for winds accompanying the anticipated dry, cold front due to pass over the area about midnight. The front will bring with it strong winds and light rain and/or sprinkles but not enough to wet the fuels.

Evacuations: Evacuations of residences in Pfeiffer Ridge Community from Sycamore Road on the south to Clear Ridge on the north, to Highway 1 on the east and the Pacific Ocean on the west continue.

An Evacuation Watch was issued this afternoon by Monterey County Sheriff the area west of Highway 1 from Fernwood Resort to River Inn. An Evacuation Watch is issued as a warning to people within the affected area that a threat of life and property exists. People issued this type of warning are NOT required to evacuate.

Community Meeting: Scheduled for Thursday afternoon at 4:00 pm. at the Big Sur Station, Highway 1, Big Sur, CA

Road Closures: Sycamore Road, Pfeiffer Ridge Road, and the road from River Inn to intersection with Pfeiffer Ridge Road. HIGHWAY 1 remains OPEN! There will be intermittent traffic control along Highway. The fire is creeping its way along the highway causing hazards due to the combination of public traffic and fire crews working along the roadside. The intermittent traffic control is for firefighter and public safety. Situational Awareness while driving is encouraged due to increase. BE SAFE!
Closures:
Molera State Park is closed.

Additional Information For:
Evacuee Assistance:
The Information Center established at Fernwood Resort by the Red Cross closed today at 5:00 pm. People needing assistance from the Red Cross should call 831-320-9989.
Big Sur Community Hotline: 831-667-2679, hours 9:30am-7:30pm. Open through the weekend
Air Quality: For information on Air Quality go to http://www.mbuapch.org <http://www.mbuapch.org> .

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