Big Sur Fire: 769 Acres, 22 Structures Lost but Rain Possible

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A late-season wildfire in Big Sur that has burned 769 acres and 22 structures is expected to be fully contained later this week as crews are assisted by cooler temperatures and the chance of rain showers.


Tyson Curtis fights to protect a home on Pfeiffer Ridge Road from encroaching flames. (Credit: Basil Sanborn/Los Angeles Times)

The Pfeiffer fire, which seemed to roar out of nowhere shortly after midnight Monday, was 20% contained by Tuesday afternoon — up from 5% earlier in the morning — and full containment was expected by Friday, according to U.S. Forest Service incident commander Mark Nunez.

Although two dozen structures in the heart of the fire zone had been saved, 22 were destroyed, at least 14 of them homes.

Calm winds and a 20% chance of showers Thursday morning were expected to aid the more than 800 firefighters battling the blaze on the ground. Crews were able to make “good progress” Tuesday, with 38 dozers helping to cut containment lines around the fire, according to a U.S. Forest Service update.

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