The coastal fire in Laguna Nigel is now fully localized, Orange County Fire Department officials said Tuesday morning, May 17th.
The fire, which caught fire on May 11 and engulfed 200 hectares, destroyed 21 multimillion-dollar homes and damaged 10 more, was fully provided by fire brigades, OCFA officials said on Twitter at 8:36 p.m. Flame began near a water treatment plant along Alice Woods Canyon May 11 at 2:44 p.m.
Two firefighters were injured during a firefight that drew firefighters from across Orange County.
With the great efforts of your OCFA firefighters in partnership with other Orange County Fire Departments and County Resources, including CAL FIRE, # Coastal Fire now contained at 100%. The vegetation fire started in the afternoon in Aliso Park and Wood Canyon >>> pic.twitter.com/B9vJ2nVfJB
– OCFA PIO (@OCFireAuthority) May 17, 2022
About 900 homes were evacuated as a result of the fire, OCFA officials said. Residents whose homes were abandoned have been allowed to return home since May 15. Others returned to find dilapidated buildings and ashes.
“While the houses were destroyed, countless people were rescued thanks to the tireless and coordinated work of firefighters,” OCFA wrote on social media.
None of the residents were injured, but two firefighters were injured while putting out the fire. They were recovering and “living”, – said OCFA representatives.
The flames quickly spread across the canyon in the direction of Coronada Point Drive, Vista Court and Via Las Rosa. Some firefighters were told they had only a few seconds to escape as smoke and flames engulfed the hillside.
The wind blew flames and sent embers into palm trees, attics and places to crawl. However, OCFA head Brian Fennesi noted that on the day of the fire the wind was not particularly strong. In public comments, he linked the explosive nature of the coastal fire to the cumulative effects of years of drought as a result of climate change.
The cause of the fire is being investigated. There have been reports of “chain activity” near its departure, Southern California Edison said in a statement released late May 11.