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Colorado Fire in Big Sur reaches 35% containment, 700 acres

Satellite image of the Colorado Fire in Big Sur
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Satellite image of the Colorado Fire in Big Sur

A wildfire burning in the Big Sur area of Monterey County stands at 700 acres acres and has reached 35% containment, according to CalFire.

The agency's initial projection was 1,500 acres, but revised it down to 1,050 and then 700 after being able to more accurately map the fire area.

CalFire also said one structure, a yurt, has been destroyed.

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.

Benjamin Purper was News Director of KCBX from May of 2021 to September of 2023. He came 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.
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