According to the county emergency services office, the Colorado fire broke out in Palo Colorado Canyon in the Big Sur region.
Monterey County officials said an evacuation order is required for “all areas west of 3800 Palo Colorado Rd. To Highway 1 and south to Bixby Creek.” It is not clear how many residents are affected by the order.
“The strongest winds offshore (northeast) have peaked and are expected to ease after midnight until sunrise. Humidity will tend to be higher around 4-6am around 4am to 6am. . Watch out for slight southerly winds early Saturday morning,” the NWS said in a tweet.
County officials said in a tweet the Red Cross is providing shelter at Carmel Middle School for those affected by the wildfire. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals also tweeted that it will provide pet emergency supplies at that shelter.
California experienced a severe drought last year, creating a devastating wildfire season.
Recent downpours across the state have erased peak levels of drought and dramatically reduced the extent of 3 out of 4 “extreme droughts” from 80% of the state in mid-December to 1% this week. .
However, the NWS says that drought is impacting the fires, which it described as “persistently active” in a forecast on Saturday.
“Anecdotally, it seems that prolonged drought is acting like a chronic disease, where even recent rains and cold winters [weather] The NWS office in San Francisco said it would not help stop the fire from growing.
CNN’s Haley Brink contributed to this report.