Coastal Fire Fully Contained, 30 Homes Remain Evacuated


LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA — The 200-acre Coastal Fire that burned through the Laguna Niguel hillside was 100 percent contained, the Orange County Fire Authority said Tuesday.

Around 30 homes in the Coronado Pointe neighborhood remained under a mandatory evacuation order as of 10:30 a.m. Tuesday despite the fire’s full containment, the fire authority said. Around 900 homes in Laguna Niguel had to be evacuated during the height of the fire.

The Coastal Fire destroyed 20 houses and damaged 12 more. Two firefighters suffered minor injuries while battling the blaze, and they are “recovering and doing well,” the fire authority said on Twitter. The firefighters were not identified.

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“While homes were destroyed, there were countless [other homes] that were saved by the tireless and coordinated work of firefighters,” the fire authority said. “We are most proud that there were no reported injuries or loss of life to any residents or their pets.”

The Coastal Fire began Wednesday around 2:45 p.m. as a small blaze less than an acre in size in Aliso and Woods Canyons Wilderness Park. The fire quickly grew to 3 acres within an hour and grew overnight to 200 acres.

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Shane Sherwood, a division chief for the fire authority, said the fire’s spread was aided by ocean winds that helped push the flames uphill, where they tore through thick, dry brushland.

The fire’s cause remained under investigation by the Orange County Fire Authority.

Southern California Edison informed the Public Utilities Commission about “circuit activity occurring close in time to the reported time” of the fire, but it’s unclear if the incident had any bearing on the fire.

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