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Big Sur Fire Containment Expected By Friday

Lucas Handy of the Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade cuts trees and brush on Sycamore Canyon only a few miles from the Pfeiffer Ridge on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, in Big Sur, Calif. The wildfire burning Monday in the Big Sur area of California destroyed at least 15 homes and forced about 100 people to evacuate as it chewed through dry vegetation on its way toward the ocean. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)

Firefighters are making progress battling an unusual late fall wildfire that has destroyed more than a dozen homes and forced about 100 people to flee the scenic Big Sur region overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Calm winds helped crews as they closed in on the Pfeiffer Fire in Los Padres National Forest near state Highway 1.

The blaze had consumed 769 acres, or a little over a square mile, as the 20% containment figure is expected to climb.  The blaze has destroyed 22 buildings, about 13 of those structures were homes, he added. Two firefighters have received minor injuries while battling the blaze.  One hit his knee on a rock in the rough terrain and another suffered from heat exhaustion.

Full containment is anticipated by late Friday.

 

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