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Brush fire in Laguna Niguel prompts evacuations, threatens homes

A wildfire that broke out Wednesday in brush in Laguna Niguel prompted the evacuation of some nearby homes and a luxury resort and golf course, fire officials said.

The fire was reported at 2:44 p.m. in Aliso Woods Canyon, near a water treatment facility, Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Sean Doran said. That is in the area of The Ranch at Laguna Beach, a resort and golf course that was evacuated as a precaution, city officials said in a bulletin at about 3:30 p.m.

About an hour later, people living in the area of Pacific Island Drive and Coronado Pointe were also ordered to evacuate by Orange County Sheriff’s officials.

The blaze, dubbed the Coastal fire, had burned about three acres as of 3:30 p.m.. Flames had crossed an access road and were moving toward homes in Laguna Niguel as of 4:45 p.m., Doran said. Teams were in working prevent the fire from reaching those structures.

“Our priority is life and property, and we’re working to prevent any losses in the area,” Doran said.

Ground and air crews from the OCFA and Laguna Beach Fire Department were working to extinguish flames moving uphill through light and moderately dense vegetation.

Further information was not immediately released.



Source: Orange County Register

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