A fast-moving fire erupted on Friday along the Northern California coast, burning homes, forcing hundreds of residents to flee and backing up traffic for miles (kilometres) on a scenic highway.
There was no immediate estimate of how many homes were threatened in the area near Watsonville, about 90 miles (145 kilometres) south of San Francisco, where dead grass and other vegetation were burning.
The fire had burned 1,000 acres (400 hectares), less than two square miles (5.2 square kilometres), and sent thick black smoke hundreds of feet into the air.
Evacuations were mandatory.
A spokeswoman for Santa Cruz County, said the 2,000 evacuees were being taken to a school.
Some homes were burning, but there was no indication how many, officials said.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The California Highway Patrol closed 6 miles (9.6 kilometres) of Highway One, where traffic was backed up for miles (kilometres).