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.
#RT @CAL_FIRE: #ColoradoFire off Palo Colorado Canyon, Big Sur, south of Carmel-by-the-sea in Monterey County is in the 1050 acres and 25% contained. In Unified Command with @CALFIREBEU and Mid Coast Fire,https://t.co/A2z2ehcTtD pic.twitter.com/sPeKCHVkhH
— CAL FIRE PIO (@CALFIRE_PIO) January 23, 2022