Pfeiffer Fire, Day 7 – official report

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Pfeiffer Fire
Los Padres National Forest December 22, 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 %
Containment: 12-20-2013
Current Resources: Crews:-2 Engines: 09 Dozers: 0 Helicopters -2 Air tankers: As Needed
Total Personnel: 200
Structures: Residents-34, Outbuildings-4
Assessment team’s confirmation shows a total loss of 34 residences, an increase from previous reports.

Today’s Activities: Full Containment was declared yesterday. Crews continue to mop up and patrol. Due to increased temperature, but higher humidifies are expected. Fire activity inside the perimeter are expected to be lower due to higher RH.

Residents of Clear Ridge, Middle Ridge, and Front Hill areas were allowed to return to their homes yesterday.

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, will be transitioning management of the incident to Curt Schwarm, Type 3 Incident Commander of the 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 continue are still in effect..

Community Meeting: No meetings on Saturday and Sunday. 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

2014 Big Sur Foragers Festival

Tickets on sale now at For more information go to

Event Schedule and Confirmed Participants 12.4.14
• Friday, January 17, 2014 – “Firestone and Fungus at Big Sur Roadhouse.” David Walker “The Lion” of Firestone-Walker Brewing Co. will be in the building. BBQ: Rain or Shine. Friday, January 17th
o NoBS Chili
o BBQ Brisket
o Baked field peas
o Long-Cooked foraged winter greens
o Roasted Mushrooms
o And of course, Firestone-Walker brew
o $50.00 including beer pairing.
o 5:30-8:00pm
o Reservation seating-no single start time.
o 50-60 people
• Saturday, January 8, 2014 – Wild Mushroom Walk and Talk” at Pfeiffer State Park and at Ventana Inn & Spa, both led by expert foragers. Cost per person is $35.
• Saturday, January 18, 2014 – “Fungus Face-Off” on the deck at Ventana Inn & Spa from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Cost per person is $45. A friendly competition among some of the area’s notable chefs featuring chanterelles and other fabulous fungi. Celebrity judges are KGO’s Joel Riddell, Jim Dodge and Wendy Brodie. Attendees can forage with the judges and be part of the process, even learn what the judges look for!
o Attendees also have an opportunity to cast their vote for “People’s Choice”.
o Participating restaurants are: Big Sur Roadhouse, Hyatt Carmel Highlands, Esalen, Big Sur Bakery, Fernwood Resort, Bernardus Lodge, Carmel Valley Ranch and The Restaurant at Ventana.
o Quail and Olive will do an olive oil and vinegar tasting.
o At the “Fungus Face-Off” attendees will be able to purchase “Fun-Gus” related clothing, totes and gifts.
o Wine pairings will be provided by:
 Baker & Brian
 Chappellet
 Chesebro
 Comanche Cellars
 Mesa del Sol
 Madeline
 Mercy
 Dawn’s Dream
 Morgan
 McIntyre
 Filliponi
 Pessagno
 Scheid
 Wrath
• This year there will be a wine raffle! Grab a ticket for $10 to win 30 or more bottles of wine in your own wine barrel! Tickets available for purchase at the event.
• A silent auction full of culinary delights, hotel stays, tickets to explore the area, art and so much more will take place during the food and wine sampling. There will be more than 60 items this year!
• Purchase raffle tickets for $5 per ticket of $25 for 6 tickets. Enter to win your choice of 7 culinary delights or hotel packages! Raffle package values begin at $200 to $700! Tickets available for purchase at the event.
• Grand Celebrity Chef Dinner at Ventana Inn & Spa. “Foragers Dinner” at the Restaurant at Ventana beginning at 6:00 pm. The evening will be a very special meal prepared by Ventana’s executive chef Truman Jones. The multi-course dinner, destined to be a memorable feast paired with an incredible wine selection, costs $175.00 per person.
• Sunday, January 18, 2014 – Sunday Brunch at the new Big Sur Roadhouse

Marci Bracco Cain
(831) 747-7455 |