Firefighters made progress on Sunday battling a blaze near the mountainous Big Sur region of California that forced evacuations and brought a key highway to a standstill.

The so-called Colorado Fire, which was about 15 miles south of Monterey and a little north of Big Sur, broke out on Friday night and crossed the Pacific Coast Highway and burned for a time on the ocean side of the highway.

No injuries were believed to be caused to the department; only one structure was damaged, Cal Fire said.

The Colorado fire that had erupted Thursday night was 25 percent contained by early Sunday and was burning over a little over 2.000 acres, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire).

The fire had consumed 425 acres, 25 percent contained by Sunday morning, and had since shown “moderate activity with isolated runs and tree torching,” said Cecile Juliette, a spokeswoman for the California Bureau of Forestry and Fire Safety (Cal Fire).

“This has been a wind driven fire,” Cal Fire spokeswoman Cecile Juliette said Sunday in a telephone interview.

A building, a shuttered yurt, was destroyed, Juliette said.

Most of the 500 people under evacuation orders had probably deserted the area, she said.

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)

Thomas Fire

The Thomas Fire was a massive wildfire that affected Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, and one of multiple wildfires that ignited in southern California in December 2017. (wikipedia)

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