Evacuation Watch & IC Info from USFS

Final evening update at 9:30 pm – no update on size or containment, but we do know that there are now 625 firefighters and support personnel on the fire. We also know that despite her personal loss, our Fire Chief, Martha Karstens, is still leading our amazing BSVFB, along with the USFS and Cal Fire teams in battling this blaze. I am calling it a night and will be back with the dawn. Meanwhile, keep our community in your thoughts, and consider a donation to our BSVFB.

Incident Information
Monterey Ranger District
Los Padres National Forest

December 16, 2013
5:00 PM

The Pfeiffer Fire started after midnight on December 16th in the Pfeiffer Ridge area just west of Big Sur, CA . The size of the fire is approximately 500 acres and is 0% contained.

Crews are actively working to protect homes in the area. There has been multiple structures consumed and or damaged by the fire, but it is still too early to do an accurate assessment.

An evacuation of the Pfeiffer Ridge area is in effect. The evacuation area is from Sycamore Canyon Road on the south to Clear Ridge on the north; Highway 1 on the east and the Pacific Ocean on the west.

The Red Cross has established an evacuation center at the Big Sur Grange. NOTE:THIS WAS CHANGED THIS EVENING AROUND 8:00 PM – “Kate and Kirk, If you have not already heard from the Red Cross, I am told they are closing the evacuation center at the Grange tonight and will reopen at Fernwood Resort at 10 am Tuesday to serve evacuees. Not a shelter set up, but an evacuation center with services for folks.”

Road closures in effect are as follows:
Clear Ridge Road
Pfeiffer RidgeRoad
Sycamore Canyon Road
Road from the River Inn to Pfeiffer Ridge Road.


The fire remains active making runs, with some spotting. Early today, resources reached 200 personnel assigned with additional resources responding all day.

Central Coast Interagency Incident Command Team will be transitioning on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 6:00 AM. To assume management of the fire. The Incident Commander of the Type II team is Mark Nunez.

A community meeting is tentatively planned for Tuesday afternoon at the Multi Agency Facility. More information to follow.

Please share widely:

The Pfeiffer Fire Incident Command has requested an emergency notification for Big Sur residents in the Pious Ridge and Sycamore Canyon areas. This is the text of the alert that went out at 5:30pm:

This is the Monterey County Office of Emergency Services with an Evacuation Watch due to the Pfeiffer Fire.
There is a threat to life and property in the Sycamore Canyon and Pious Ridge areas. If you choose to evacuate, thre is a Red cross shelter at the Big Sur Grange.

An evacuation watch means that emergency crews recommend people evacuate for their safety. The next level would be an evacuation warning, which is more serious and means emergency crews want residents to evacuate right away.

Maia Carroll

3 thoughts on “Evacuation Watch & IC Info from USFS

  1. Thank you, Kate. I look forward to reading your eyewitness report, so damn devasting all this, photographs overwhelming. Do you know if Al and Mary Ann’s place on Sycamore Canyon has been hit? I’m worried about them and all their animals. And the wonderful old buildings.

  2. Bless all of you in Big Sur — we up here in Carmel feel so helpless in the face of what is happening south of us. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help; food for the firefighters/evacuees/pets?

    Your Carmel neighbors

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