Orange County Laguna Niguel coastal fire demands 20 homes, evacuation orders continue

Update, May 12 6 PM: Fire officials say 20 homes were destroyed and 11 damaged by the Coast Fire, which is now estimated to contain 15%. There are still 200 acres burned, a total that has not grown since early reports.

Two firefighters were reported injured, but there were no details on their condition yet that they were expected to be fine.

Eviction orders for nearly 900 homes will be extended through Friday. Firefighters are still searching the areas and putting out embers they may have missed in the hot spots under the rubble.

PreviouslyThe surrounding affluent communities Laguna NiguelCalifornia is under a fire threat tonight, as high winds caused a fire to explode across more than 200 acres early in the evening.

More than a dozen oceanfront homes in Laguna Niguel have been burned, and neighboring communities are preparing evacuation orders if the so-called “coastal fire” continues.

Laguna Niguel is one of the most expensive cities in Orange County, located south of Los Angeles County. The median household income is $108.537 as of 2019. The typical home is worth $1,294,837 per Zillow, but many homes near the beach can be more expensive.

The fire broke out Wednesday afternoon between Laguna Niguel and Laguna Beach near a water treatment plant, according to the Orange County Fire Authority. Around 5 p.m., the first was on 30 acres, but it swelled to over 200 acres after just one hour. Hot embers entering attics pose a particular problem for firefighters.

They estimate there are about 100 buildings across those areas. A voluntary evacuation warning has been issued for the neighborhood of Balboa Nice (Portavina).

There were no immediate reports of injuries.

Several water-dropping helicopters helped put out the flames, as did the fixed-wing crews.

Since then an evacuation center has been set up for those seeking help. Residents of the area can visit the Crown Valley Community Center at 29751 Crown Valley Parkway for assistance. The Orange County Emergency Operations Center has also set up a public information hotline to answer questions from residents. You can reach them at 714-628-7085.