UPDATE: 8/9/16 7:00 AM: The California Highway Patrol says the portion of Highway 1 that was closed Monday night has reopened. Officials say the area will be continually reevaluated based on fire conditions, and the threat to public safety.
PREVIOUS STORY: The community meeting Monday night was not only filled with concerned residents. Ash and the smell of smoke permeated the air.
Also casting a shadow over the meeting was what officials call an "unprecedented" decision" to close Highway 1.
Crews said increased wind and fire activity over the weekend prompted the decision.
"We made the informed decision, based on the statue of authority that's
rested with the Highway Patrol is to close Highway 1 between 10 o'clock
tonight and 6 o'clock tomorrow morning," California Highway Patrol lieutenant Robert Kaczor said. "Those [times] are the greatest opportunities for the weather and the fire to potentially cause some problems in this area.'"
Residents seemed willing to stay put.
'Well, the plan for tonight is for me to go home and to go and fix some shrimp stir fry and watch a movie," said Big Sur resident Lavern McLeod.
Several business owners in the area also said that they don't expect the closure to affect their business too much.