A wild fire near Big Sur has destroyed 15 homes and is five percent contained. Fire officials say the 550-acre blaze broke out early yesterday morning near Highway 1 and Pfeiffer Ridge Road in the Los Padres National Forest. Residents have been evacuated and power outages have been reported in the area. Officials say Highway 1 remains open for now, but if the fire shifts directions and burns towards the coast, the roadway may have to be closed.
Businesses in the breathtaking mountainous region of Big Sur are still open despite the wildfire burning near Pfeiffer Ridge. Two families forced to evacuate from their homes were even able to find temporary lodging at the Big Sur River Inn. The “Monterey Herald” says it’s one of several properties in the area that are housing evacuees free of charge. The fire started near the Big Sur Lodge early yesterday morning and it is being fueled by high winds and dry brush.