BIG SUR, Calif. — A late-season wildfire in Big Sur that has burned 769 acres and 22 structures is expected to be fully contained later this week as crews are assisted by cooler temperatures and the chance of rain showers.
Monterey County Supervisor Dave Potter, meanwhile, told residents late Tuesday that the board had passed a disaster proclamation and forwarded it to the governor.
Nearly all of the homes that burned were on Pfeiffer Ridge, including one belonging to Martha Karstens, chief of the Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade. She stood before a sympathetic community Tuesday afternoon and struggled to compose herself.
"Martha, all our hearts go out to you for your loss," Rep. Sam Farr (D-Monterey) told her.
Losses like hers were felt deeply here.
"Her house was the first to go and she built it. It's her dream," said Tracey Roginson, 58, a 30-year resident who works at the Ripplewood Resort store. "Everybody there built their own homes, and they didn't live there because they are rich, they lived there because they bought the land a long time ago.... This fire is the most heartbreaking because I know all these people personally."