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There will be an important meeting at the Big Sur Multi Agency Facility on Thursday, December 26th at 11:30 AM.

This meeting, which will be held after the 10:30 AM Public Meeting, is restricted to people who were directly impacted by the Fire on Pfeiffer Ridge and other invited, non-Agency personnel. This means if you are either a Property Owner or Renter who suffered losses (your housing or other real property burned), this meeting is geared toward helping you with your immediate and long term needs.

Available at this meeting will be a needs assessment form to fill out (a prerequisite for receiving grant funds for rebuilding from Fire Relief Funds) and an update on the steps towards getting the fire debris removed, and getting you back on your property. Some of the services that will make a big difference in getting your lives back to normal include free site cleanup, free sanitary facilities on your property, no permit fees and expedited plan check review from Monterey County Planning and Building. Additionally, arrangements are being made to get your important documents (Ca. Driver’s License, Birth Certificate, etc.) re-created on some future date, to be determined, at a venue here in Big Sur.

At this meeting there will be a brief report on the steps and the players involved in preparing for the potential of post fire erosion and debris flows.

We have asked folks who were impacted by the Basin Complex Fire to attend this meeting to share their wisdom about what worked and what didn’t, in an effort to save you from some of the pitfalls that may arise, as you start to recover and rebuild.

Butch Kronlund
CPOA

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Pfeiffer Fire
Los Padres National Forest December 25, 2013 Noon 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: 115
Structures: Residents-34, Outbuildings-4
Assessment team’s confirmation shows a total loss of 34 residences, an increase from previous reports.

Today’s Activities: Crews continue to mop up and patrol. Due to predicted increased temperature, but higher relative humidity, fire activity inside the perimeter is expected to be less. Smoke from the interior is visible but personnel are on the scene.

Residents of Clear Ridge, Middle Ridge, and Front Hill areas were allowed to return to their homes on 12/21/13. Power was restored to the residences of Sycamore Road and Pfeiffer Ridge Road on 12/23/13 at 3:15 pm and residents were allowed to return to their homes on, 12/23/13 at 6:00 pm. All evacuations and road closures have been lifted.

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.

The fire is now under the command of a Los Padres National Forest type three team, with Curt Schwarm, Incident Commander.

Weather: No major weather changes are expected over the area today.

Community Meeting: The next community meetings will be held on Thursday at 10:30 at the Big Sur Station, Highway 1, Big Sur, CA

Safety Message: Safety is a responsibility shared by all. Please be careful this holiday season. Remember, due to the minimal amount of rain that we have received and the low fuel moisture, it is imperative that we are careful with our holiday activities. If you have a Christmas tree, make sure that it has water at all times and never leave the tree unattended if the tree lights are on. Don’t put wrapping paper in the fireplace as many varieties of paper contain foil and will cause sparking. If you have a fire going in your fireplace, never leave it unattended. Finally, if you barbeque this holiday season, make sure the area around your barbeque is cleared from all flammables. *Please remember that fireworks are illegal in Los Padres National Forest. We ask residents to please refrain from the use of any fireworks during the holiday season.

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 WWW.PGE.com

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The Community Meetings at the Multi-Agency Facility will resume THURSDAY, DECEMBER 26 at 10:30 AM.

FROM CPOA
This is Dick Ravich. I do the CPOA email blasts. We have a request. Would you send out an email to your chamber members with the following information?

Martha has asked Jeannie Alexander and Mariah Green, both Brigade members, to take care of picking up any donations at the local resorts and stores. Her suggestion was to start at the Coast Gallery, probably not do Ventana or the Post ranch as they already have something in place, and continue on with Loma Vista etc.

All of the funds collected will be handed over to CPOA for consolidation and distribution to those in need, impacted by the fire.

Thank you in advance.

Dick Ravich

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Pfeiffer Fire
Los Padres National Forest December 23, 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: 188
Structures: Residents-34, Outbuildings-4
Assessment team’s confirmation shows a total loss of 34 residences, an increase from previous reports.

Today’s Activities: Crews continue to mop up and patrol. Due to predicted increased temperature, but higher relative humidity, fire activity inside the perimeter is expected to be less.

Residents of Clear Ridge, Middle Ridge, and Front Hill areas were allowed to return to their homes on 12/21/13.

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, transitioned management of the incident yesterday, December 22, 2013 to Curt Schwarm, Type 3 Incident Commander for 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 are still in effect.

Community Meeting: 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 WWW.PGE.com

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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 WWW.PGE.com

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Pfeiffer Fire
Los Padres National Forest December 21, 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: 9  Engines: 9   Dozers: 0    Helicopters -3    Air tankers: As Needed         
Total Personnel: 665
Structures: Residents-34, Outbuildings-4
Assessment team’s confirmed 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 and lower humidity, fire activity inside the perimeter will be more active during today’s operation and smoke may be visible.
 
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 (CCIIMT7) under the Command of IC Mark Nunez will be transitioning management of the incident to 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 big weather changes; high pressure bringing over the area will bring a few degrees warming for this afternoon.
 
Evacuations: Evacuations of residents 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.  HIGHWAY 1 remains OPEN with delays. Situational Awareness while driving is encouraged due to increase.  BE SAFE! 

Community Assistance Resources: This is the last day for Big Sur Community Hotline:  831-667-2679,   hours 9:30 am-7:00. Pm.

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 WWW.PGE.com <http://WWW.PGE.com>  

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Pfeiffer Fire
Los Padres National Forest December 21, 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: Engines: 09   Dozers: 0   Helicopters -3    Air tankers: As Needed         
Total Personnel: 665
Structures: Residents-34, Outbuildings-4
Assessment team’s confirmed 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 and lower RH, fire activity inside the perimeter will be move active during today’s operation and smoke may be visible.
 
Residents of Clear Ridge, Middle Ridge, and Front Hill areas were allowed to return to their homes yesterday.
 
PGE will continue working along Sycamore Road and Pfeiffer Ridge Rd. They will be using helicopter to transport materials into the burn area and job sites. 
 
CIIMT Team under the Command of IC Mark Nunez will be transitioning management of the  incident  to the    Los Padres NF. The team would like to thank the community of Big Sur for their cooperation patience during the Pfeiffer Fire Incident.
 
Weather:.  No big weather changes;  high pressure bringing over the area will bring a few degrees warming for this afternoon.
 
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.  HIGHWAY 1 remains OPEN with delays.   Situational Awareness while driving is encouraged due to increase.  BE SAFE! 

Community Assistance Resources:   This is the last day for Big Sur Community Hotline:  831-667-2679,   hours 9:30 am-7:00. Pm.
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 WWW.PGE.com<http://WWW.PGE.com>  

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