Colorado Fire evacuation orders, road closures, lifted by CAL FIRE

Firefighters are making steady progress containing the Colorado Fire.

The Big Sur blaze, which broke out a little less than a week ago, has now reached 60% containment, and evacuation orders have ended, according to CAL FIRE's Wednesday evening update.

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Residents of the evacuated areas can now return home, and the Carmel Middle School, which was converted into a shelter during the evacuation, has now been closed.

All road closures have been lifted as well, with Highway 1 going in and out of the region once again open to travelers.

The fire started last Friday evening when PG&E cameras picked up on flames near the iconic Bixby Bridge.

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CAL FIRE revealed earlier this week the fire was caused by embers from a controlled vegetation burn in the area.

Intense wind conditions last weekend added to the unfavorable conditions and helped spread the fire.

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Going forward into the end of the week, CAL FIRE reported that weather conditions are looking promising for firefighters doing mop-up work on Thursday.

About 700 acres have burned in the fire, with one structure affected, and 225 threatened, as of Wednesday's update.