Footage shows a row of blazes brought in by the Colorado fire in Big Sur, California, a rare event for Jan.

Cal Fire said the blaze, which burned over 700 acres, was relatively small and was 35 per cent contained by Sunday evening.

Most of the evacuees probably left the area, Cal Fire spokeswoman Cecile Juliette said.

Authorities shut down a portion of Interstate 1 without estimates on when it would be reopened.

California has long enjoyed an active wildfire season, but it has become longer and tougher in recent years, fueled at least partially by climate change and a two-decade drought.

The dual-carriageway along Big Sur has become vulnerable to closures from fires and mudslides following heavy rain that brought down parts of the road surface last year and 2017.

Yet the wildfire forced hundreds to evacuate, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, threatening an area more famous for floods and mudslides in recent years.

Colorado Fire

The Colorado Fire is a wildfire currently burning near Big Sur, in Monterey County, California. The fire, which has an unknown cause, was first reported around 7:30 p.m. PST on January 21, 2022. (wikipedia)


California is a state in the Western United States. California borders Oregon to the north, Nevada and Arizona to the east, (wikipedia)

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