Crews continue working to contain California fires near scenic Big Sur

California Wildfire
Posted at 11:45 AM, Jan 25, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-25 15:48:58-05

Fire crews continued to battle fires near the coastal town of Big Sur, California on Tuesday after making progress over the weekend with the blaze, which began last week.

As KSBY reported, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) was able to start making reductions in the size of the fire on Sunday by using an improved mapping system, which reduced the blaze to about 700 acres.

In a Tuesday tweet, CAL FIRE said the fire had been at least 45 percent contained.

Strong winds pushed a wildfire that broke out in the rugged mountains above Big Sur, to the sea. It forced hundreds of residents on the precarious stretch of the California coast to evacuate.

Fire officials said the fire broke out last week in a canyon and quickly burned 1,500 acres of brush and redwood trees. Authorities issued evacuation orders for about 500 residents and shut a stretch of Highway 1, including Bixby Bridge, the tall concrete bridge that has been featured in car commercials, movies and TV shows.

The Colorado Fire burns under Rocky Creek Bridge on Highway 1 near Big Sur, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)

Strong winds were recorded across the San Francisco Bay Area, knocking down trees and power lines and causing outages to at least 18,000 Pacific Gas & Electric customers.


Put together your emergency supply kit long before a wildfire or other disaster occurs and keep it easily accessible so you can take it with you when you have to evacuate.

Emergency Supply Kit Checklist:

  • Face masks or coverings
  • Three-day supply of non-perishable food and three gallons of water per person
  • Map marked with at least two evacuation routes
  • Prescriptions or special medications
  • Change of clothing
  • Extra eyeglasses or contact lenses
  • An extra set of car keys, credit cards, cash or traveler’s checks
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered radio and extra batteries
  • Sanitation supplies
  • Copies of important documents (birth certificates, passports, etc.)
  • Don’t forget pet food and water!

Items to take if time allows:

  • Easily carried valuables
  • Family photos and other irreplaceable items
  • Personal computer information on hard drives and disks
  • Chargers for cell phones, laptops, etc.

Always keep a sturdy pair of shoes and a flashlight near your bed and handy in case of a sudden evacuation at night.