Colorado Fire: Wildfire burning near Big Sur now 55% contained, CAL FIRE says

Evacuation orders have been lifted, the agency says.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2022
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The Colorado Fire in Monterey County has damaged 1,050 acres and containment has grown to 25%, CAL FIRE said on Sunday.

MONTEREY COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- Firefighters are getting a better handle of a rare winter wildfire burning north of Big Sur in Monterey County. The size of the fire is still currently at 700 acres in the Palo Colorado Canyon and containment has grown to 55%, CAL FIRE reported Wednesday afternoon.

CAL FIRE says evacuation orders for 500 residents between Carmel and Big Sur have been lifted.

All roads impacted by the fire, including Highway 1, have reopened, the agency says.

Video above is from a previous report

The Colorado Fire started Friday around 7:30p.m., north of the Bixby Bridge and near Highway 1. CAL FIRE says it has burned at least least 2.3 square miles.

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The fire was fueled by high winds, visible even from Santa Cruz, but by Saturday afternoon, winds have died down.

Earlier Report of Colorado Fire: Wind-fueled fire forces evacuations, closure of Hwy 1 near Big Sur; more than 100 acres burned

A rare winter wildfire burning north of Big Sur in Monterey County has burnt 1,500 acres in Palo Colorado Canyon, CAL FIRE says.

Mandatory evacuation orders for 500 residents between Carmel and Big Sur were previously issued by Monterey County officials along the Big Sur Coast.

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CHP incident logged show flames jumped the highway Friday night. Emergency crews shut down about 21 miles of Highway 1 in both directions from Andrew Molera State Park to Carmel by the Sea

Drivers were told to avoid the area.

The American Red Cross opened a shelter late Friday evening for residents of the Palo Colorado area of Monterey County who received mandatory evacuation orders because of a fast-growing vegetation fire that also shut down Highway 1 south of Carmel.

The emergency shelter opened at 11:30 p.m. Friday at Carmel Middle School, 4380 Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel-by-the-Sea.