Hundreds of residents awoke Sunday morning hoping to be able to return to their homes soon once firefighters tackled a rare conflagration that burned in coastal mountains near Big Sur in January.

Five people were evacuated Sunday before the Colorado fire that had easily grown to more than 1.100 acres overnight, according to Cecile Juliette, a spokeswoman for CalFire.

Winds blew up at approximately 10.30pm on Saturday, helping set off a night run, raising the size of the fire by about 50 hectare from its previously reported total area.

Winds were anticipated with gusts of 5 to 10 miles per hour over Sunday, with occasional gusts approaching 15 miles per hour, said Brooke Bingaman, a National Weather Service meteorologist.

This, combined with humidity of 25-35% at the very least provided favorable conditions for firefighters fighting the fire.

Juliette said the fire was a reminder that there is no recent wildfire season.


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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