Monterey County wildfire prompts evacuations, Cal Fire officials say

Fire crews made major progress on a wildfire burning in the rugged mountains between Carmel and Big Sur. The so-called Colorado Fire has forced hundreds of California coastal residents to evacuate and authorities have closed Highway 1. The Colorado Fire was reported around 7:30 p.m. in the steep region of Palo Colorado Canyon and Rocky Creek Road in Monterey County on Friday, Cal Fire said. The flames were fanned by high winds of up to 50 mph. The blaze has burned 1,050 acres of brush and redwoods and is 20% contained as of 5 p.m. Saturday. Cal Fire originally said it was 1,500 acres, but said it was able to better map the fire as the day progressed. “The fire lined up with the wind and the terrain and that gave the fire a lot of energy to make a big run,” said Cecile Juliette, spokeswoman for the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. California. Cal Fire told KCRA 3 that it is highly unusual to have a fire in this region in late January, especially with the amount of rain California received in December. “It’s unusual to have a fire of this magnitude here on the coast at the end of January,” she said. “The fact that we had a fire of this size is very concerning.” (Video above shows a Colorado Fire burning in Monterey County) Cal Fire reported Saturday morning that only one structure, a yurt, was damaged by the blaze. About 500 people were ordered to evacuate on Friday evening and evacuation orders remained in place on Saturday. The Monterey County Office of Emergency Services said all areas west of the 3800 block of Palo Colorado Road to Highway 1 and south of Bixby Creek have been ordered to evacuate. The office also announced that an American Red Cross shelter will be available for those affected by the fire at Carmel Middle School, located at 4380 Carmel Valley Road in Carmel-By-The-Sea.>>To see a evacuation map, click here.

Fire crews made major progress on a wildfire burning in the rugged mountains between Carmel and Big Sur. The so-called Colorado Fire has forced hundreds of California coastal residents to evacuate and authorities have closed Highway 1.

The Colorado Fire was reported around 7:30 p.m. Friday in the steep Palo Colorado Canyon and Rocky Creek Road area in Monterey County, Cal Fire said.

The flames were fanned by high winds of up to 50 mph. The blaze has burned 1,050 acres of brush and redwoods and is 20% contained as of 5 p.m. Saturday. Cal Fire originally said it was 1,500 acres, but said it was able to better map the fire as the day progressed.

“The fire lined up with the wind and the terrain and that gave the fire a lot of energy to make a big run,” said Cécile Juliette, spokeswoman for the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. California.

Cal Fire told KCRA 3 that it is very unusual to have a fire in this region in late January, especially with the amount of rain California received in December.

“It’s unusual to have a fire of this magnitude here on the coast at the end of January,” she said. “The fact that we had a fire of this size is very concerning.”

(Video above shows the Colorado Fire in Monterey County)

Cal Fire reported Saturday morning that only one structure, a yurt, was damaged by the fire.

About 500 people were ordered to evacuate on Friday evening and evacuation orders remained in place on Saturday.

The Monterey County Office of Emergency Services said all areas west of the 3800 block of Palo Colorado Road to Highway 1 and south of Bixby Creek have been ordered to evacuate. The office also announced that an American Red Cross shelter will be available for those affected by the fire at Carmel Middle School, located at 4380 Carmel Valley Road in Carmel-By-The-Sea.

>>To see a map of the evacuations, click here.

The fire is in an area that is difficult for crews to access, Cal Fire said. It burns west toward Highway 1, which is closed in both directions from near the entrance to Andrew Molera State Park in Big Sur to the Granite Canyon Bridge.

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There are 13 different agencies, including 120 people fighting the blaze from the ground and the air, Cal Fire said. Crews work to protect threatened structures.

Photos taken in Santa Cruz show a bright red glow from the fire. For context, Santa Cruz is across Monterey Bay where the fire is burning.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

This is a developing story. Stick with KCRA 3 for the latest.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.