Due to potential damage from the Colorado Fire, the Monterey County Health Department on Sunday was advising residents to boil their tap water and/or use bottled water for drinking and cooking.
The advisory was issued due to potential water system infrastructure damage from the fire, which had burned 700 acres and was 35% contained as of Sunday.
Residents should bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, to kill bacteria and other organisms in the water.
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The Colorado Fire shelter that has been established at Carmel Middle School will be closing on Monday at 7 a.m. County officials reported that while 75 residences were evacuated only a handful of people used the emergency facility. Colorado Fire evacuees can still access shelter information by calling 2-1-1. Discounted hotel rooms are available in Carmel, including pet friendly options. Valid ID showing an address from an evacuation zone is required.
Motorists should be advised that Highway 1 is closed from 5.5 miles north of Big Sur at Andrew Molera State Park to 8.3 miles south of Carmel-by-the-Sea at Granite Canyon Bridge.