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Big Sur wildfire out of control

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A fire burning near Big Sur has grown to over 300 acres and has forced residents to evacuate reported the L.A. Times on December 16, 2013.

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The fire in Monterey County, now being referred to as the Preiffer fire, started around midnight Sunday in the Preiffer Ridge area of Los Padres National Forest.

Andrew Madsen, a spokesman for the Los Padres National Forest, stated that at least 50 people have been evacuated. Fifteen structures have been destroyed but no injuries have been reported.

The exact cause of the fire is unknown.

“This serves as a reminder that fire season in California is year round,” Madsen said.

Fire crews are hoping to get the fire under control.

“Obviously, we’ve moved out of that really cold pattern we’ve had for the past week or so,” Madsen said. “This is an area that hasn’t had fire in a while, a lot of the vegetation is very dry."

According to CalFire spokesman, Jonathon Pangburn, the fire is heading towards the ocean, but residential homes are in the path of the fire.

130 firefighters are battling the fire.

At this time, Highway 1 is still open for traffic.

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