34 Homes Destroyed in Big Sur Fire, 12 More Than Estimate

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    Smoke rises above Pfeiffer Ridge, 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.

    BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) - Officials now say 34 homes were destroyed in a wildfire in Central California's Big Sur region, 12 more than originally estimated.
     
    Mike Rivera with the U.S. Forest Service said Tuesday the updated figure was the result of a more aggressive assessment of the damaged area. One property had more homes than originally thought.

      The unusual late fall fire burned more than 1.4 square miles in the Los Padres National Forest and led to the evacuation of about 100 homes. Though the fire was fully contained on Friday, Rivera said some residents were still out of their homes.
     
    About 180 firefighters remained on the scene.
     
    U.S. Forest Service spokesman Andrew Madsen told The Herald of Monterey officials would likely release the cause of the fire on Tuesday. 

    Big Sur - miles of rugged coast, cliffs and wilderness - is a popular tourist destination about 150 miles south of San Francisco with high-end resorts and beautiful views of the ocean.

    The fire was burning a little more than a mile from Ventana Inn and Spa, a favorite spot among celebrities where former Facebook president and Napster co-founder Sean Parker got married in June. The fire also destroyed the home of the Big Sur fire chief.