Coastal Fire Now 40% Contained, as Hundreds of Firefighters Continue Work – Los Angeles

Three days after the Coastal Fire erupted on Wednesday, hundreds upon hundreds of firefighters continue to battle the blaze.

It began as a brushfire in the Aliso Woods Canyon. By Saturday, it had grown to 200 acres. It has damaged 11 homes and destroyed 20 homes.

After the flames rose up a hillside, hundreds of people were forced to flee Laguna Niguel.

A time-lapse video shows how the Coastal Fire spread through an Orange County canyon. It then burned uphill into a neighborhood where it destroyed at least 20 houses and forced evacuations.

According to the Orange County Fire Authority’s Twitter account, the fire was 40% contained by Saturday afternoon.

On Saturday, the mandatory evacuation area was reduced by slow and cautious containment. According to the OCFA, 769 homes have been evacuated so far.

There were 456 firefighters on the scene, which allowed them to continue their containment efforts.

The following streets remain under mandatory evacuation according to the Laguna Niguel:

  • Coronado Pointe
  • Vista Court
  • Via La Rosas
  • Vista Montemar (Residences in 71, 72 and 74, 75, 76. 78. 80).

Officials announced Friday that a center for evacuation was set up at Laguna Niguel Community Center, 28751 Crown Valley Parkway.

Check here for an interactive map of evacuations, road closures and shelters for the Coastal Fire in Orange County.

Authorities are still trying to find the cause of wildfire.

Southern California Edison reported that possible “circuit activity” at about the time the fire started Wednesday afternoon.

“Our thoughts are with the community members whose homes have been damaged and those who are being (or were) evacuated because of the Coastal Fire, and we are coordinating with fire agencies as needed to ensure firefighter safety,”The utility stated in a statement.

“Our top priority is the safety of customers, employees and communities, which is why we continue to enhance our wildfire mitigation efforts through grid hardening, situational awareness and enhanced operational practices.”

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