Hundreds of residents remained evacuated from the California coast Sunday as a wildfire burned up from a canyon near Big Sur, shutting part of the state’s historic Pacific Coast Highway in both directions.
A reduction in strong winds allowed firefighters to gain better control of the flames early Sunday,Â Cecile Juliette, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, told The Associated Press.Â The blaze, known as the Colorado Fire,Â has burned through 700 acres and was 35%Â contained as ofÂ SundayÂ eveningÂ , according to CalFire.Â
Only one structure has been damaged by the fire, CalFire said.
The wildfire started in the Palo Colorado canyon late Friday before wind gusts of up to 50 mphÂ pushed it toward the coast.Â One structure was damaged as a result of the fire, according to CalFire. A stretch of Highway 1 betweenÂ Garrapata Creek to Point Sur was closed in both directions.
“The fire behavior was moderate and made wind-driven runs late Saturday night and into Sunday morning, with some isolated tree torching,” Cal Fire wrote in a status update on itsÂ website.Â “Crews will continue building and improving containment lines and mopping up hot spots Sunday.”
On Saturday, photos shared on social media showed flamesÂ visible from the iconic Bixby Bridge, featured in television shows and movies including HBO’s “Big Little Lies.”Â
California has struggled with wildfire threats since November broughtÂ fierce Santa Ana winds. Seasonal dry windsÂ produced intense gusts andÂ led to wildfire warnings for more than 17 million people andÂ tens of thousands of power outages across the region.
Last summer, the state battled the Dixie Fire, which started July 13 andÂ went on to become the second-largest single fire in state history, burning 963,309 acres until fully contained in late October.Â California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection officials concluded this month that the Dixie FireÂ was started by electrical lines owned by Pacific Gas and Electric Company.
The cause of the Colorado Fire is under investigation.
Contributing: The Associated Press