Posted by: Stan Russell | December 25, 2013

Pfeiffer Fire Update 12.25.13 Noon

Pfeiffer Fire
Los Padres National Forest December 25, 2013 Noon UPDATE (No further evening 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: 917 Acres
Cause: Under Investigation
Containment: 100 %
Containment: 12-20-2013
Current Resources: Crews:-2 Engines: 09 Dozers: 0 Helicopters -2 Air tankers: As Needed
Total Personnel: 115
Structures: Residents-34, Outbuildings-4
Assessment team’s confirmation shows a total loss of 34 residences, an increase from previous reports.

Today’s Activities:
Crews continue to mop up and patrol. Due to predicted increased temperature, but higher relative humidity, fire activity inside the perimeter is expected to be less. Smoke from the interior is visible but personnel are on the scene.

Residents of Clear Ridge, Middle Ridge, and Front Hill areas were allowed to return to their homes on 12/21/13. Power was restored to the residences of Sycamore Road and Pfeiffer Ridge Road on 12/23/13 at 3:15 pm and residents were allowed to return to their homes on, 12/23/13 at 6:00 pm. All evacuations and road closures have been lifted.

PG&E will continue working along Sycamore Road and Pfeiffer Ridge Rd. They will be using a helicopter to transport materials into the burn area and job sites.

The fire is now under the command of a Los Padres National Forest type three team, with Curt Schwarm, Incident Commander.

Weather: No major weather changes are expected over the area today.

Community Meeting: The next community meetings will be held on Thursday at 10:30 at the Big Sur Station, Highway 1, Big Sur, CA

Safety Message: Safety is a responsibility shared by all. Please be careful this holiday season. Remember, due to the minimal amount of rain that we have received and the low fuel moisture, it is imperative that we are careful with our holiday activities. If you have a Christmas tree, make sure that it has water at all times and never leave the tree unattended if the tree lights are on. Don’t put wrapping paper in the fireplace as many varieties of paper contain foil and will cause sparking. If you have a fire going in your fireplace, never leave it unattended. Finally, if you barbeque this holiday season, make sure the area around your barbeque is cleared from all flammables. *Please remember that fireworks are illegal in Los Padres National Forest. We ask residents to please refrain from the use of any fireworks during the holiday season.

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is offering free confidential site visits for fire effected land owners. John.warner @ca.usda .gov.
PG&E contact # 1-831-479-3074 WWW.PGE.com <http://WWW.PGE.com>

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