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The Colorado fire was triggered in Palo Colorado Canyon in the Big Sur region, according to the county emergency office.

Due to the flame, Highway 1 was closed near Andrew Molera State Park in Big Sur, Department of Transportation said in a tweet early Saturday.

Evacuation orders are mandatory for “all areas west of 3800 Palo Colorado Rd. To Highway 1 and south to Bixby Creek,” Monterey County officials said. It is unclear how many residents are affected by the injunction.

The fire had burned about 100 acres when the evacuation order was issued Friday, CNN-affiliated KCRA reported. It was located near Highway 1 north of Bixby Bridge and near the Palo Colorado portion of Monterey County, according to Caltrans.
Dry winds pushed the fire toward the highway, according to the local National Weather Service.

“The strongest offshore (northeast) winds have peaked and are expected to decline after midnight through sunrise. Humidity should trend higher from 4-6 in the morning. Must be on guard for some light southerly winds early Saturday morning,” NWS said in a tweet.

A CalFire device said it sent four engines to help fight the fire. And there were 13 agencies responding to help fight the fire, the KCRA reported.
The Colorado fire is burning along Highway 1 near Big Sur, California, on January 22nd.
This fire can be seen from Santa Cruz County, even though it’s about 70 miles away in Monterey County, said CalFire.

The Red Cross is helping provide shelter at Carmel Middle School for those affected by the forest fire, county officials said in a tweet. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals also tweeted that it will provide emergency assistance to pets at this shelter.

A widespread windstorm could deliver gusts of hurricane force in California and other parts of the West
Monterey County is home to about 430,000 residents.

California has experienced severe drought last year, making it a devastating wildfire season.

But the recent heavy rains across the state have eradicated the highest level of drought and have greatly reduced level 3 out of 4 “extreme droughts” from 80% of the state in mid-December to just 1% last week.

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