Wildfire near Big Sur prompts evacuations
A 1,500-acre wildfire near California's Big Sur region prompted evacuations and the closure of part of a major highway on Friday night.
Why it matters: The fire may impact as many as 430,000 people who live in Monterey County, though it's unclear how many were evacuated, Reuters reported.
The big picture: Active since Friday, the wildfire is only about 5% contained as of Saturday morning, according to Cal Fire.
- The fire started in the Palo Colorado canyon and was pushed by 35 mph winds toward the sea, NPR reports. The fire then jumped to the Pacific Coast Highway, burning a portion of the west side.
- On Friday night, evacuations for the area were ordered and parts of the twisting Highway 1 were shut down.
Of note: Vice President Kamala Harris, on a trip to California on Friday, announced that the administration was committing $600 million to the state after nearly 7 million acres were lost to wildfires during the past two years.