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Colorado Fire in California’s Big Sur area prompts evacuations

A section of California’s famous Highway 1 was closed Saturday morning as a fire burning near the Pacific Ocean prompted evacuations close to the state’s Big Sur region.

Citing photos of the fire, The Bay Area National Weather Service office described “surreal fire behavior … in an area with little or no fire history.”

The fire, which is being called the Colorado Fire, had burned around 100 acres, less than one-fifth of a square mile, when Monterey County officials ordered the evacuations Friday evening. By Saturday morning, it had burned 2.3 square miles and was 5% contained, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.

Highway 1 was shut down in both directions from Andrew Molera State Park to Carmel-By-The-Sea due to the fire, California’s Department of Transportation said.

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