Pfeiffer Fire

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Pfeiffer Fire

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Approximate Location

36.252 latitude, -121.8 longitude

Incident Overview

The Pfeiffer Fire started on December 17th 2013 around midnight in the vicinity of Pfeiffer Ridge in the Monterey Ranger District of Los Padres National Forest. The fire has burned 917 acres and is 100 percent contained. Thirty four (34) residence and 4 outbuildings have been damaged/destroyed. Damage assessment teams have completed their preliminary evaluation of damaged/destroyed property. The number of structures given reflect the structures documented as of December 20 2013. The fire was declared contained on December 20 2013 at 6:00 p.m.

All evacuations and road closures have been lifted. Residents of Pfeiffer Ridge Road and Sycamore Canyon road were allowed to return to their residences on December 23 2013 at 6:00 p.m. Residents of Clear Creek Middle Ridge and Front Hill were allowed to return to their homes on December 21 2013.

Due to predicted increased temperatures but higher relative humidity fire activity inside the perimeter will be less during today's operational period. Smoke may still be visible but personnel will be on scene.

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.

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

Community Meeting: The next community meeting is scheduled for Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at the Big Sur Station Highway 1 Big Sur CA.

The following resources have been assigned to the fire: Crews - 2 Engines - 9 Dozers - 0 Water tenders - 7 Helicopters - 1 for a total of 200 personnel.

Cooperating agencies include: US Forest Service Cal Fire Monterey County SO California State Parks CHP Red Cross Big Sur Fire Brigade Monterey County OES Pacific Gas and Electric and Mid Coast volunteers.

For information regarding air quality conditions please vist the Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District at .

PG&E contact number is 1-831-479-3074 or you can go to

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnder Investigation
Date of OriginMonday December 16th, 2013 approx. 12:00 AM
Incident CommanderCurt Schwarm

Current Situation

Total Personnel115
Size917 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Estimated Containment DateFriday December 20th, 2013 approx. 06:00 PM
Fuels Involved

Chaparral, heavy timber

Significant Events

All evacucations and road closures have been lifted and all residents have been allowed back in their homes., The next community meeting is scheduled for December 26, 2013 at 10a.m. at the Big Sur Station, Big Sur, CA


Planned Actions

Continue to patrol and mop up. Due to predicted higher relative humidity, fire activity inside the perimeter is expected. Smoke from the interior will still be visible but personnel are on scene.

Projected Incident Activity



As of 6:00am, Sunday, December 22, 2013, management of the fire was transferred to a local Forest Service Type 3 organization under the command of Incident Commander, Curt Schwarm.

Unit Information

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Los Padres National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Goleta, CA 93117

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