The 101,000-acre Soberanes Fire continues spreading, and weather conditions over the weekend didn't help.
"So we had about a 2,700 acre growth over the weekend and it was late in the evening and the weather has been unusual right now," said Sam Harrel, PIO for the Soberanes Fire.
Crews say high temperatures, strong winds, and unpredictable humidity caused the fire to spread. Prompting the US Forest Service to expand evacuation warnings just south of Anderson Peak, extending to Dolan Canyon and bounded to the east by North Coast Ridge Road.
"Forecasted weather is what has caused us to expand the warning as just a precautionary measure," said Harrel.
And though it seems like a big jump in burnt acreage, keep in mind this is an evacuation warning, not order.
"You can think of it as ready set go. And right now, let's get ready. Let's think about what could happen. Let's make a plan I want to take this I want to make sure and take my important papers," said Harrel.
At 60% containment, fire crews are making progress, a tough job, but emotional support from curious tourists is motivation.
"If there's any consolation prize for Big Sur during the Soberanes Fire it's the amount of visitors watching the helicopters off the coast," said Reporter Matt Sizemore.
Not even a mile south of this famous restaurant on Highway One, people are stopping to watch helicopters up close as they pick up water at a dip station and head right back into the firefight. Tourists say they're grateful knowing their vacations are mostly unaffected by the fire.
"So far I haven't seen a hair of it, wouldn't of even known there was a fire but we were in a taxi last night and the taxi driver told us about this fire THAT sent you guys down here recently but aside from that we wouldn't of known. We haven't spotted it on the drive anyway, everything still looks very green instead of black, and that view still looks incredible," said London Native, Martin Baker.
"I'd say it's still quite beautiful, I mean you can't diminish the beauty, but we weren't able to stop at any of the parks, the national parks or state parks along the way because they're all closed because of the fire," said Atlanta Native Danielle Houret-Lam.