MONTEREY COUNTY, Calif. (KRON) – The Colorado Fire burning in Monterey County is now 50% contained as of Tuesday night.
The blaze has burned a total of 700 acres off of Palo Colorado Canyon in Big Sur, just south of Carmel-by-the-Sea.
Firefighters announced that the fire was caused by hot embers from a “pile burning operation.”
“High winds blew the embers onto nearby vegetation, which ignited the fire,” according to the release.
The fire broke out on Friday evening around 5:19 p.m.
One building has been destroyed and no injuries have been reported.
Evacuation orders were issued and remain in place.
The Red Cross is giving out hotel vouchers to those who have needed to evacuate.
An evacuation center that was located at the Carmel Middle School has been closed.
Highway 1 from Garrapata Creek to Point Sur is also still closed as of Monday night.
For the latest updates, visit the Cal Fire website.