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    LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (CNS) -- A 200-acre fire that devastated an upscale hilltop neighborhood in Laguna Niguel was 40% contained Saturday as authorities reduced the mandatory evacuation zone from 900 homes to 71 homes.The Coastal Fire destroyed 20 homes and damaged 11 others since breaking out Wednesday afternoon, according to the Orange County Fire Agency. Two firefighters suffered minor injuries.The agency said 456 firefighters were on the scene, with personnel using the heat-seeking capabilities of drones to seek out hot spots within the fire's perimeter.Four streets in the impacted area remained under mandatory evacuation until further progress can be made, according to Laguna Niguel city officials. Those streets are Coronado Pointe, Vista Court, Via La Rosas and Vista Montemar (residences at 71, 72, 74, 76, 78, 80).The fire broke out at 2:44 p.m. Wednesday near the South Orange County Wastewater Authority's Coastal Treatment Plant, embarking on a relentless wind- and terrain-driven march.OCFA Captain Thanh Nguyen said Saturday that the two injured firefighters were treated and released."The emphasis today is to continue to seek out hot spots and mitigate any hazards...
    The Coastal fire in Laguna Niguel sent hundreds fleeing their homes, but the toll was most devastating on one block. At the crest of a canyon overlooking the Pacific Ocean, fire raced up and burned big home after big home in the upscale Coronado Pointe subdivision. Wind-blown embers lodged into attic spaces and roofing material and set the homes on fire from within. Here is what we know: Damage The fire destroyed 20 homes and damaged 11, said Shane Sherwood, incident commander with the Orange County Fire Authority. An assessment team is still combing through the burn area to ascertain the full extent of the damage. On Friday morning, crews continued to mop up hotspots and clear debris around some of the damaged homes. Several had been red tagged and roped off. Fire officials are concerned the facades still standing may collapse. Most of the homes lost were on Coronado Pointe, a street facing the canyon where the fire burned. The street has ocean views, and many of the homes are worth millions of dollars. A few other...
    The 10,000-square-foot mansion that “burnt to a crisp” in the Coastal fire was “one signature away” from being sold, says the listing real estate agent. Now, that deal literally is up in smoke. The unidentified owner, who has another home in Canada, watched helplessly from abroad as security cameras showed the fire’s approach and ultimately the home’s demise. The mansion, listed for just under $10 million, was perhaps the priciest of 66 houses in the gated, ridgetop Coronado Pointe neighborhood with ocean views. Fire officials said 11 homes were damaged and 20 were destroyed by the swift-moving wildfire that overtook the Laguna Niguel neighborhood west of Crown Valley Parkway. Prices for the fire-damaged homes along Coronado Pointe ranged from $2.85 million to $9.61 million, and averaged just under $4 million, according to the most recent Zillow “Zestimates” of home values. The mansion on the cul-de-sac at the north end of the block had been listed for sale at just under $9.9 million. Most of the homes ranged from 4,000 to more than 6,000 square feet. It’s impossible to find homes...
    The weather conditions were unremarkable for coastal Orange County, and even a bit pleasant: Mild temperatures, relatively moist air and a seasonal onshore breeze. But when firefighters struggled to contain a 50-by-50-foot brush fire on a sere hillside in Laguna Niguel on Wednesday afternoon, officials grew concerned. Within a few hours, multiple homes were ablaze and spewing hot embers as the Coastal fire chewed methodically through an upscale development overlooking the Pacific Ocean. By the time the fire’s spread slowed, at least 20 homes had been destroyed, many of them overlooking the canyon where the fire began. The sudden and severe destruction has left many to wonder just how such a fire could erupt amid mundane conditions. Yet experts say that preliminary reports suggest the devastation was due to an unlucky combination of factors. Moderate winds, steep terrain and drought-ravaged vegetation worked together to drive flames into a community where homes had been constructed before fire-hardening building codes took effect. “That’s not atypical, for a fire to happen when those pieces start to align — not aligned in our favor...
    A smoke advisory remains in effect for a swath of Orange County through Thursday afternoon as crews work to get a handle on the destructive Coastal fire that has destroyed at least 20 homes in Laguna Niguel. In its initial advisory issued Wednesday, officials with the South Coast Air Quality Management District said that “air quality is not expected to degrade beyond moderate, except in areas close to the fire, where unhealthy conditions may be possible for several hours.” Officials did say that “additional portions of south Orange County may also be affected by smoke.” “If you smell smoke or see ash due to a wildfire, limit your exposure by remaining indoors with windows and doors closed or seeking alternate shelter, and avoiding vigorous physical activity,” air quality officials wrote in the alert. Additional tips are available at aqmd.gov/home/air-quality/wildfire-health-info-smoke-tips. The Coastal fire has grown to roughly 200 acres since igniting Wednesday afternoon in a coastal canyon near the Pacific Ocean. Information on containment was not immediately available Thursday morning. An estimated 900 homes have been evacuated. ...
    Three California wildfires that started Wednesday prompted evacuation orders or evacuation warnings. 1. Coastal Fire, in the Aliso Peak area between Laguna Niguel and the beach. As of 7 a.m. Thursday, 200 acres had burned and dozens of homes were threatened. An evacuation order remained in effect; click here for the map. 2. House Fire, in Sierra Nevada’s western foothills near Fresno. As of 7 a.m. Thursday, it had burned 170 acres, and an evacuation warning had been issued for the area of Humphreys Station. Click here for the map and more details. 3. Rattlesnake Fire, on the east edge of the Sierra Nevada near Independence. The Inyo County Sheriff’s Office ordered the evacuation of the Lower and Upper Grays Meadow campgrounds in the Inyo National Forest, as well as the community of Seven Pines. Related Articles Crashes and Disasters | Map: Evacuation warning for House Fire in Fresno County Crashes and Disasters | Map: Evacuation zones for Coastal Fire near Laguna Niguel Crashes and Disasters | Coastal fire burns 20 homes in Laguna...
    Authorities on Thursday were trying to determine the cause of a brush fire that burned at least 20 homes in Laguna Niguel, fueled by winds and dry conditions caused by California’s intense drought. The probe is still in its early stages, but Southern California Edison issued a report to state regulations saying that “our information reflects circuit activity occurring close in time to the reported time of the fire. Our investigation is ongoing.” No other details were provided. Some of California’s most destructive fires have been caused by power lines damaged by winds, including the Paradise inferno and the massive 2017 blazes in wine country. Edison faced more than half a billion dollars in fines from the California Public Utilities Commission last year related to several big fires, including the Thomas and the Woolsey. California Fire destroys at least 20 homes in Laguna Niguel amid drought conditions Driven by winds from the ocean, the Coastal fire roared into an Orange County subdivision, destroying 20-plus homes, authorities said. The Coastal fire broke out Wednesday afternoon in a coastal...
    The temperatures were cool when the Coastal fire stormed into a community of huge ocean-view homes in Laguna Niguel. But the fierce winds from the Pacific were enough to cause destruction. “It’s so heartbreaking,” said Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, whose district includes Laguna Niguel. “It started as three to five acres, and then it went to 40 acres in like a millisecond and went out of control from there.” The wind has been one factor in the spread, but the size of the homes has also made containing the blaze difficult, Bartlett said. California At least 20 homes destroyed in Laguna Niguel by 200-acre Coastal fire Driven by winds from the ocean, the Coastal fire roared into an Orange County subdivision, destroying 20-plus homes, authorities said. “When you take a look at the size of the homes, there’s just so much combustible material that they burn fast, and then the wind starts and the flames can just leap from house to house,” Bartlett said. “We’re hoping as the evening hours approach that the winds will die down and...
    The Coastal fire is burning in the Laguna Niguel area, fueled by intense winds. Several homes were actively burning Wednesday afternoon. Details: The fire began about 3 p.m. in a canyon near Laguna Beach and raced uphill, reaching a subdivision at the top of the crest. Several homes caught fire at Coronado Pointe near the Aliso Summit Hiking Trail. California Fast-moving brush fire burns several homes in Laguna Niguel One television station reported that 13 homes had burned in the area of the Coastal fire in south Orange County. Mandatory evacuations: Communities around Pacific Island Drive and Coronado Pointe should evacuate immediately, Orange County sheriff’s officials said. Voluntary evacuations: Balboa Nyes area Shelter: Crown Valley Community Center at 29751 Crown Valley Parkway in Laguna Niguel Road closures: People are urged to avoid the area around Pacific Island Drive and the Coronado Pointe area.
    More than 12 homes overlooking the ocean near Laguna Beach in Orange County have been engulfed in flames as fast-moving brush fire spreads is fueled by strong winds. The fire ignited near a water treatment facility between Laguna Niguel and Laguna Beach at 2.44pm, according to ABC7, and had quickly grown to 30 acres by 5pm. Evacuations have been ordered in the area as authorities work to get the fire under control. This is a developing story, more to follow.  The fire ignited between Laguna Niguel and Laguna Beach, according to ABC7 , and has quickly grown to 30 acres Flames from the #CoastalFire threaten a neighborhood near Laguna Niguel.https://t.co/DrHrANLpPi pic.twitter.com/hDJCVtp4tb— NBC Los Angeles (@NBCLA) May 11, 2022
    LAGUNA NIGUEL (CBSLA) – Robert Ming, the former mayor of the Orange County city of Laguna Niguel, was killed in a small plane crash in Kansas Sunday. Robert Ming. (City of Laguna Niguel) READ MORE: Orange County Bus Drivers Could Strike Tuesday If No Deal ReachedThe 51-year-old Ming was the pilot and sole occupant of a single-engine plane when it crashed Sunday morning at Johnson County Executive Airport, located southwest of Kansas City, according to KSHB-TV. Ming’s plane was bound for Albuquerque, New Mexico, KSHB reports. READ MORE: Rams Super Bowl Parade To Take Place WednesdayMing, an Orange County native, joined the Laguna Niguel City Council in 2006. He served as mayor in 2009 and again in 2013. “Robert will be remembered as one of the most consequential figures to have ever shaped the city of Laguna Niguel,” current Laguna Niguel Mayor Elaine Gennawey said in a statement. “He was not only a public servant, but an exemplary leader, a remarkable philanthropist, and a kind and humble soul.” He is survived by his wife and four children. MORE...
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