Some Big Sur evacuations to be lifted

July 8, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
U.S. Forest Service officials say they plan to lift some mandatory evacuation orders for a wildfire near Big Sur.

Starting 10 a.m. Tuesday, the order will be lifted from Palo Colorado Canyon Road south to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. That's about 25 miles of a 31-mile stretch of Pacific Coast Highway that was closed late last month as a massive wildfire in the Los Padres National Forest crept closer to the coast.

The area still will remain under an evacuation advisory, and the east side of the highway will be restricted to only residents and critical service workers.

Officials say the fire is still very active in the area, but authorities are trying to be sensitive to the residents' need to access their properties.


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