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Laguna Hills area of Orange County, California, Coastal Fire destroys at least 20 homes

Laguna Hills area of Orange County, California, Coastal Fire destroys at least 20 homes

Laguna Hills area of Orange County

Laguna Hills area of Orange County, California, Coastal Fire destroys at least 20 homes
Laguna Hills area of Orange County, California, Coastal Fire destroys at least 20 homes

Laguna Hills fire, over 150 acres burned

A rapid wildfire that broke out Wednesday afternoon destroyed at least 20 homes in the upscale coastal neighborhood of Laguna Niguel in Orange County and forced dozens to evacuate.

Southern California engulfs fast-moving fire as authorities urge evacuations

The blaze led to evacuations as the flames had grown to nearly 200 acres by Wednesday evening after igniting in the afternoon and ripping through the mansions that lie along hillside streets in one of California’s wealthiest neighborhoods.

The coastal fire broke out at about 2:44 p.m. near the South Orange County Wastewater Authority’s coastal treatment plant, which handles sewage for the Laguna Beach area, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Scott Steinel.

The fire was ignited by gusty winds of up to 30 mph in the area, according to close observations from the National Weather Service.
That’s in addition to dry conditions from ongoing severe droughts across the entire region, according to the latest US Drought Monitor.

He’s chewing through brush in Aliso Wood Valley between Laguna Niguel and Laguna Beach, Capt. Sean Doran told the Orange County Fire Service.

The flames spread quickly as they tore through the thick brush on the hillside, aided by ocean winds that lit fires in spots before the main fire.

The fire made its way up, progressing down the Aliso Summit Trail and into the gated community of Coronado Point, which houses multi-million dollar real estate.

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No civilian or firefighter casualties have been reported, said Brian Venety, the fire chief for the Orange County Fire Service, during a news conference Wednesday night.

As of 11 p.m., the fire was estimated at 195 acres without containment.

Mandatory evacuations were in place in the Coronado Pointe and Pacific Island Drive areas.
Voluntary evacuation orders have been issued in the Balboa Nyes and Moulton Meadows neighborhoods of Laguna Beach.

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