LOS ANGELES: An heroic wildfire that has killed one parson and destroyed 60,000 acres forest along the California coast. Forced authorities on Monday said to closure of lovely Highway 1 near Carmel-by-the-Sea.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said the highway which runs along much of the Pacific coastline and is well-known for its dramatic ocean views, was engender by fire and wind activity in the Big Sur area, resulted into closure of highway.
The road was expected to be closed to traffic in both directions from 10 p.m. Pacific time on Monday (0500 GMT Tuesday) until at least 6 p.m. on Tuesday (0100 GMT Wednesday), depending on conditions, the department said.
This year Soberanes Fire became sixth wildfire casualty in California, Which has destroyed 57 homes and 11 outbuildings, has been burning since July 22. A bulldozer operator died on July 26 when his tractor rolled over as he helped property owners battle the blaze.
Authorities find out origin of the fire which is an illegal campfire left neglected in a state park about a mile from Highway 1, no one arrested yet.
As of Monday, the more than 5,000 firefighters was struggling to cut fire has cut control lines around 45 percent of its perimeter.
Firefighters steady progress against the fire as wildfire season in the western United States reaches its traditional peak, it boosted by extended drought and extreme summer heat across the region.
The forest fire near Big Sur is one of 35 major wildfires that have burnt half a million acres in 12 states, mostly in the West, according to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho.
Officials said, the fire erupted on Sunday in San Bernardino County, east of Los Angeles, has brunt some 4,500 acres of dry timber and brush within 24 hours only 5 percent restricted, That fire, called the Pilot Fire, had not destroyed any homes as of Monday afternoon but residents of about 25 homes along two major highways were ordered to evacuate.