Photos: Fire Near Iconic Big Sur on Highway 1 in California

Big Sur fire (Nic Coury / Associated Press)
Nic Coury / Associated Press

A wildfire known as the Colorado Fire continued to burn in the scenic Big Sur area of California, jumping over Highway 1 and threatening the area near the iconic Bixby Bridge.

According to Cal Fire, the blaze was relatively small, at 700 acres and 35% containment as of Sunday evening. But the wildfire had forced hundreds of evacuations, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, and threatened an area more known for flooding and mudslides in recent years.

Highway 1 fire (Nic Coury / Associated Press)

The Colorado Fire burns along Highway 1 near Big Sur, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)

Highway 1 Big Sur fire (Nic Coury / Associated Press)

The Colorado Fire burns behind a house off Highway 1 near Big Sur, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)

Big Sure wildfire (Nic Coury / Associated Press)

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

Here is the bridge in calmer times:

Bixby Bridge (Joel Pollak / Breitbart News)

Bixby Bridge (Joel Pollak / Breitbart News)

Last year, a portion of a road collapsed during a winter storm, forcing the temporary closure of Highway 1.
In 2017, a mudslide wiped out part of the road for more than a year during what was then one of California’s rainiest years. Ongoing drought has sparked concern that wildfires — common in the late summer and fall — could be a threat during the winter months as well.

December was unusually rainy, but January has been dry across the Golden State thus far.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the recent e-book, Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. His recent book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

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