Weather helps crews battling Big Sur blaze

Dec 18, 2013 5:18 PM

BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) - 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 percent containment figure officials gave earlier Wednesday was expected to climb.

Full containment is anticipated by late Friday.

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.

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