Here is the update I posted to your FB yesterday.
The County of Monterey has received notice that unlicensed and unscrupulous contractors are descending on Big Sur to acquire work during the rebuilding effort following the Pfeiffer Fire. Contracting without a license in the State of California is a misdemeanor and if the area is declared a disaster area it would then become a felony.
Only hire licensed contractors to perform work. In Monterey County the list is long, no need to hire out of the area unlicensed contractors to save a few dollars; in the long run it could cost you!
Check to see if your contractor is licensed at:
Assistant to Supervisor Dave Potter
Fifth District, County of Monterey
I, BSK, would add that there are probably others looking to take advantage of fire Sur-vivors as well, so deal with people and companies that you trust, or that come recommended by friends you trust.