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Colorado Fire in Big Sur reaches 1,500 acres, 5% containment

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Gabriela Fernandez
A polling location in San Luis Obispo prepares for election day.

A wildfire burning in the Big Sur area of Monterey County has reached 1,500 acres and 5% containment, according to CalFire.

The Colorado Fire, named after Palo Colorado Canyon where it started, has shut down parts of coastal Highway 1 and prompted evacuation orders for people in "all areas West of 3800 Palo Colorado Rd. to Highway 1 and south to Bixby Creek," according to Monterey County officials.

The fire started around 7:30p.m. Friday, and is burning north of the iconic Bixby Bridge in Big Sur.

There is a Red Cross shelter set up at Carmel Middle School, where evacuees from the Colorado Fire can go for shelter.

65 mph winds in Northern California are fueling the blaze.

CalFire said in a tweet that they have sent four engines to fight the fire. The agency said Highway 1 is closed in both directions from near the entrance to Andrew Molera State Park in Big Sur to Rio Road in Carmel.

Benjamin Purper came to KCBX in May of 2021 from California’s Inland Empire, where he spent three years as a reporter and Morning Edition host at KVCR in San Bernardino. Dozens of his stories have aired on KQED’s California Report, and his work has broadcast on NPR's news magazines, as well. In addition to radio, Ben has worked as a newspaper reporter and freelance writer.