A wildfire burning through the picturesque coastline near Big Sur had grown to 500 acres early Monday, forcing area residents to be evacuated and destroying 15 structures including homes, authorities said.
The fire was moving quickly though the tinder-dry hillsides near Big Sur. The region was in the grips of one of the driest years in history.
State fire spokesman Jonathan Pangburn said Monday morning he was still working on determining how many people were evacuated and how many homes were threated. At least 15 structures including homes have been destroyed by the fire
The fire began around midnight in the Pfeiffer Ridge area of the Los Padres National Forest and had grown to as much as 550 acres by sunrise Monday.
Pangburn says it is moving toward the ocean, but there are residences scattered along its path.
CalFire said so far 13 engines, 6 crews, and 1 bulldozer and about 3o0 firefighters were on the scene. Pangburn says officials expect to bring in air resources as well.
State transportation officials said nearby Highway 1 was still open to traffic.
Big Sur is a popular tourist destination along the Central California coast known for its views of the Pacific.
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