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Brush fire erupts in Emerald Bay near Laguna Beach

A brush fire that broke out early Thursday morning, Feb. 10, was burning near homes in Emerald Bay, an affluent gated community near Laguna Beach, and has led to evacuation orders and the cancellation of classes at an elementary school, authorities said.

At 6:30 a.m., the fire had consumed seven acres with no reports of any damaged structures.

Evacuation orders were issued for Irvine Cove and Emerald Bay residents, according to the city of Laguna Beach. An evacuation warning was in effect for the North Coast community.

At least two helicopters were making water drops, assisting firefighters on the ground.

The first call about the fire came in at 4:09 a.m., the Orange County Fire Authority said.

The fire was being driven by Santa Ana winds.

The affected area was north of the 133, with broadcast reports indicating Pacific Coast Highway was shut down between Ledriot Street and El Moreno Bay.

The Laguna Beach Unified School District, at about 6:30 a.m., announced it had cancelled classes at all district schools out of an abundance of caution, school officials said.

Officials planned to provide updates about 7 a.m.

This is a developing story. Please check back for details.

Source: Orange County Register

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