Big Sur Fire Burns 15 Homes

Blaze grows 50 acres overnight

Dec 17, 2013
Outside Magazine

Just when we thought wildfire season was over. A wildfire broke out in Big Sur yesterday, scorching 15 homes by evening and growing to 50 acres by this morning.

Since the fire started near Los Padres National Forest, between 50 and 100 people have been evacuated, ABC News reports. The blaze is only five percent contained. More than 500 firefighters from three agencies in the Monterey area and at least eight aircraft are battling the fire, SFGate reports. 

The unusually dry and windy conditions are major contributing factors, officials say. Mark Nunez of the U.S. Forest Service and incident commander for the fire described the burn as a "summer-type fire in December."

The Monterey area, which usually accumulates several inches of precipitation in the fall, has received less than a half-inch since July. "It's just bone dry out here," says Monterey County Sheriff Scott Miller.