California Wildfires: More Evacuations Ordered In Big Sur As Fire Jumps Line

07/10/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

BIG SUR, Calif. — Authorities are urging residents to evacuate most of the community of Big Sur on the California coast because a wildfire burning for more than a week has jumped a fire line and is threatening more homes.

Monterey County emergency services spokesman Darby Marshall says evacuation notices were issued Wednesday morning for homes and businesses along a roughly 25-mile stretch on the eastern side of coastal Highway 1.

People along 15 miles of the stretch had been ordered out Tuesday.

Marshall says a mandatory evacuation order applies to 455 people, and 240 other residents are being urged to leave.

The lightning-sparked fire has destroyed 16 homes and charred more than 81 square miles _ 52,000 acres _ of forest.