The Orange County Sheriff’s Department called on residents to evacuate immediately as some homes caught fire Wednesday afternoon as a bushfire burns in Laguna Niguel.
The fire first broke out in Aliso Woods Canyon around 2:45 p.m., according to the Orange County Fire Department.
The bush fire, known as the Coastal Fire, was estimated to have burned about three acres by the time crews arrived on the scene.
Orange County is expected to experience light winds with gusts of up to 25 mph on Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.
The fire prompted forced evacuations of residents near Pacific Island Avenue and Cape Coronado. The Laguna Beach Police Department later issued a voluntary evacuation notice for residents of the Balboanese community of Laguna Beach.
Sheriff’s officials called the fire “rapidly spreading,” and Aliso Viejo city officials said it had grown to 30 acres.
Imagery from Sky5 shows multiple houses on fire, with smoke and flames visible.
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