Crews fought with fast-moving forest fire outside Los Angeles overnight, which authorities estimate destroyed more than 20 expensive homes and forced evacuation. flame, already dubbed The Coastal Fire, broke out in brush between cities of Laguna Niguel and Laguna Beach just until 15:00 local time and quickly spread to residential areas.
As of 11 p.m, fire estimated to have swallowed up 195 acres. There was zero containment.
No injuries were reported.
cause was not known, but Southern California Edison said it had told government officials of “scheme activity” in in area where the fire broke out out how it flared up.
Officials said the blaze started in vegetation measuring 50 feet by 50 feet. fire but grew up in hurried, driven by sea winds, and advanced to a high-dollar estate on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean. At least five multi-million dollar houses were burned down. One was a listed mansion for 10 million dollars.
Officials said the steep terrain interfered run hoses and get the ground crews to where they need to be. Fixed-wing aircraft crash fire retarders and helicopters were used to release water.
“We have all region concentrated on This fire do it right now sure we have each fire engine available in in area put it fire out”said Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett.
Orange County Fire Chief Brian Fennessy made the announcement. news conference on Wednesday night: “Unfortunately, I think this is what we are going to experience over in next several weeks and years. The vegetation is so dry that it doesn’t take much time. for in fire to accept off run and burn out very quickly.
Laguna Beach High School students were evacuated from extracurricular activities.
Laguna Niguel Mayor Elaine Jennawi said 25 adults, two children and five pets were waiting at the evacuation center on Wednesday evening.
reports that the cat was rescued from one of in homes previously in day.
Firefighters also reported hearing what they thought was an explosion of ammunition in one of houses that were on fire.
Video published on social media showed massive feathers of smoke.