USFS Update, 12/23/13 – Pfeiffer Fire
Los Padres National Forest December 23, 2013 10:00 AM 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 %
Current Resources: Crews:-2 Engines: 09 Dozers: 0 Helicopters -2 Air tankers: As Needed
Total Personnel: 188
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.
Residents of Clear Ridge, Middle Ridge, and Front Hill areas were allowed to return to their homes on 12/21/13.
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.
Central Coast Interagency Incident Management Team 7, under the Command of Incident Commander Mark Nunez, transitioned management of the incident yesterday, December 22, 2013 to Curt Schwarm, Type 3 Incident Commander for Los Padres NF. The team would like to thank the community of Big Sur for their cooperation and patience during the Pfeiffer Fire Incident.
Weather: No major weather changes are expected over the area today.
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 are still in effect.
Community Meeting: Community Meetings will resume on Monday at 10:30 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. Both lanes of Highway 1 are currently open. Situational Awareness while driving is encouraged due to increase. BE SAFE!
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