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Wildfire Near California’s Big Sur; Evacuations are on process

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            Residents in the Big Sur area of California, US, were instructed to leave their houses due to a wildfire that broke out late Friday, according to officials.

According to news reports, Monterey County officials ordered the evacuations after the wildfire began in the Palo Colorado canyon and expanded to more than 250 acres (101 hectares). The Colorado Fire was the name given to the wildfire.

Social media videos showed the enormous wildfire growing from Palo Colorado Canyon, Big Sur, and toward the Rocky Creek and Bixby communities, which are being evacuated.

According to local accounts, officials closed Highway 1 in both ways from Andrew Molera State Park to Carmel-by-the-Sea. A shelter was being put up at a middle school by the American Red Cross.

The Bay Area had a wind alert in effect from Friday night until Saturday morning, while meteorologists predicted severe gusts were most probable in higher altitudes, according to the National Weather Service.

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