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Residents remained subject to eviction orders in the early hours of Thursday morning after the attack fire brush Moved by ocean winds hill slope charged They quickly burned at least 20 homes in the Laguna Niguel neighborhood.

The coastal fire burned nearly 200 acres after starting Wednesday afternoon in Aliso Woods Canyon. No containment, but winds are expected to drop Thursday after gusts of 20-30mph The flames pushed into a hilltop neighborhood.

About 900 homes remained under eviction orders Thursday morning. Video from NewsChopper4 showed fires early Thursday as firefighters appeared to gain ground on the fire between Laguna Niguel and the neighboring city of Laguna Beach.

On Wednesday at Coronado Point, one of the evacuated areas, panicked families gathered as firefighters tried to slow the flames and smoke darkened the sky.

“I saw flashes of fire just coming into my house and that’s the time I left with my wife,” said my father Al Farsuni, who left his computer and everything he owned. “It’s awful for the residents. You don’t know if your house is still there. We don’t know. I have so many things. I didn’t have time to take them.”

He later found out that his house still stands.

The fire reached many properties on the slope of the hill Overlooking the ocean. It only took minutes before many were destroyed by the relentless fire, which threw wind-scattered embers on the rooftops.

“This whole street is messy, right now,” said resident Carson Williams.

The water-dropping planes were part of the battle to prevent the flames from spreading.

How did the Laguna Niguel fire start?

The authorities have not yet determined the cause of the bush fires.

Southern California Edison reported possible ‘circular activity’ By the time the fire started on Wednesday afternoon.

“Our thoughts are with community members whose homes were damaged and who have been (or have been) evacuated due to the coastal fire, and we are coordinating with fire agencies as needed to ensure the safety of firefighters,” the facility said in a statement. . “Our highest priority is the safety of customers, employees and communities, which is why we continue to strengthen our efforts to reduce wildfires through network hardening, condition awareness and improving operational practices.”

ESIR reports are required for certain types of incidents. The report aims to make the CPUC aware of the department’s activity so that the agency can investigate.

Electrical equipment has previously been linked to igniting devastating California wildfires, which spread quickly in strong winds.

Last year, the state’s Public Utilities Commission approved a settlement that imposes more than half a billion dollars in fines and penalties on Southern California Edison for its role in five wildfires in 2017 and 2018.

Timelapse video shows the spread of coastal fire at sunset.

What areas remain under evacuation orders?

Evacuation orders were issued in Coronado Pointe and Pacific Island Drive areas, while voluntary evacuation orders were issued in the Balboa Nyes and Moulton Meadows neighborhoods of Laguna Beach. Students participating in after-school activities at Laguna Beach High School have also been evacuated, according to the school district.

The area is located between Aliso Viejo and Laguna Niguel. The smoke can be seen for miles along the coasts of Orange County and Los Angeles.

Representatives have asked residents of San Simeon, Sierra Vista, Alta Terra, Nuchela, Serrana, Avanti, Tanaron, Terracina, Islands Avenue, Capri Court, Sunisa Lane, Chapala Court, Arelo Court and Anamonte to evacuate.

Steinel said an evacuation center has been set up at Laguna Niguel Community Center at 28751 Crown Valley Parkway.

A view of the coastal fires area Thursday, May 12, 2022.

check here Get an interactive map of evacuations, road closures, and coastal fire shelters in Orange County.

smoke alert Released Thursday by parts of the region.

The western United States is facing a massive drought that has left hillsides covered in a dry brush that provides fuel for wildfires. California is coming One of the driest winters in the records, adding to concerns about how quickly wildfires can spread, especially in windy conditions.

The country’s most populous state is going through its third consecutive dry year.

As of May 6, more than 1,500 wildfires have burned 6,700 acres in California, according to CalFire statistics. Last year during the same time frame, about 1,900 wildfires burned more than 13,200 acres.

The state’s five-year average for that time period is 1,156 wildfires and 5,893 acres burned.