Nigel Lagoon fire: at least 13 homes caught fire when a fire broke out in Southern California – WATCH LIVE

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LAGUNA NIGEL, Calif. – More than a dozen homes overlooking the ocean in Laguna Nigel, California, have been engulfed in flames as fires spread rapidly amid strong winds.

The fire broke out Wednesday afternoon between Laguna Nigel and Laguna Beach near sewage treatment plants, according to the Orange County Fire Department, and quickly erupted in size.

According to authorities, the fire exploded from about 30 acres around 5pm to 200 an hour later. Eventually, he made his way through Pacific Island Drive.

It is reported that strong winds bring coal to the attics of houses, making it difficult for firefighters to enter.

A mandatory evacuation order has been issued for Coronado Pointe Drive, Vista Court and Via Las Rosas in Laguna Nigel. A warning of a voluntary evacuation has been issued in the Balboa Nice area (Portafina).

Coastal fire: several homes engulf in flames when Nigel Lagoon fire erupts in size

Residents and their pets are asked to prepare for an immediate evacuation.

AIR7 HD cameras recorded at least 13 burned houses in the community near Coronada-Pointe.

There were no direct reports of casualties.

Several helicopters dropping water helped fight the flames and also helped the aircraft crews.

According to the city of Alice Viejo, Wilderness Park Aliso and Wood Canyons are closed. Students who participated in extracurricular activities at Laguna Beach High School were also evacuated, the school district reported.

An evacuation center has been set up for those seeking help since then. Residents in the area can visit the Crown Valley Community Center at 29751 Crown Valley Parkway for assistance. The Orange County Emergency Response Center has also set up a public information hotline to answer residents ’questions. You can contact them by calling 714-628-7085.

This is an evolving story. This article will continue to be updated as more information becomes available.

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