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Dec 24, 2013 1:54 PM by Associated Press

34 homes destroyed in Big Sur fire

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 said officials were close to determining the cause, but would likely not release it until after Christmas.

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