A wildfire close to picturesque California Highway 1 snaking along the Pacific coast sparked evacuation orders into Monterey County on Friday night.

Evacuees shared images of raging flames that ignited behind the iconic Bixby Bridge that was the setting for movies and TV series like Big Little Lies.

“The strongest offshore (northeast) winds have peaked and expected to ease after midnight through sunrise. Humidity should trend higher by 4-6 am. Need to be on the watchout for some light southerly winds early Saturday morning,” the weather service said.

CalFire said the fire was visible in Santa Cruz County, about 70 miles from Monterey County.

A CalFire unit said it has dispatched four engines to battle the fire.

George Nunez, a CalFire captain, told the New York Times that he usually had 17 units but that at the start of summer, those were reduced to two when the fire season ended on January 3.

‘Anecdotally it seems as though the long term drought is acting like a chronic illness where even recent rains and cold winter wx [weather] isn`t helping to keep fires from developing,’ explained the NWS office in San Francisco.

More than 30.000 people in Golden State were without power on Sunday night, as PowerOutage.us.


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