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A helicopter makes a water drop in thick smoke as firefighters battle a fire in the Pfeiffer Ridge area in Big Sur, Calif., Tuesday Dec. 17, 2013. Firefighters are making gains against the unusual fall wildfire that has destroyed 15 homes and forced about 100 people to flee the forested mountains of California's scenic Big Sur region overlooking the Pacific. The fire began Sunday near midnight, fueled by dry vegetation and fanned by winds.

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A helicopter makes a water drop in thick smoke as firefighters battle a fire in the Pfeiffer Ridge area in Big Sur, Calif., Tuesday Dec. 17, 2013. Firefighters are making gains against the unusual fall wildfire that has destroyed 15 homes and forced about 100 people to flee the forested mountains of California's scenic Big Sur region overlooking the Pacific. The fire began Sunday near midnight, fueled by dry vegetation and fanned by winds.