A brush fire burning in Laguna Niguel led to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department calling for residents to immediately evacuate as some homes went up in flames Wednesday afternoon.
The fire first broke out around 2:45 p.m. in Aliso Woods Canyon, according to the Orange County Fire Authority.
The brush fire, which was dubbed the Coastal Fire, was estimated to have burned about three acres when crews arrived on scene.
Orange County was expected to experience light winds Wednesday with gusts up to about 25 mph, according to the National Weather Service.
The fire prompted mandatory evacuations for residents living near Pacific Island Drive and Coronado Pointe. The Laguna Beach Police Department later issued voluntary evacuations for residents in the Balboa Nyes neighborhood of Laguna Beach.
Sheriff’s officials described the fire as “fast moving” and Orange County fire officials said the fire has burned more than 180 acres.
Images from Sky5 showed multiple houses on fire with smoke and flames visible. The total number of structures damaged or destroyed is unclear at this time.
An evacuation center has been set up at the Crown Valley Community Center at 29751 Crown Valley Pkwy in Laguna Niguel for residents who have been displaced by the fire, Laguna Niguel city officials said. Those traveling to the evacuation center are urged to avoid driving on Pacific Island Drive from Highlands Avenue to Crown Valley Parkway.
Orange County residents are urged to register for emergency alert notifications by visiting AlertOC.org.
For more information, visit ocsheriff.gov/coastalfire or call 714-628-7085.
Check back for details on this developing story.
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