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Wind-driven Laguna Niguel wildfire destroys upscale waterfront homes in Southern California

An upscale waterfront community in Southern California was evacuated on Wednesday after a wildfire blown away by sea breezes spread to as many as eight homes.

The Laguna Niguel Fire was first reported around 2:45 p.m. and had engulfed about 30 acres by 5 p.m., KNBC-TV reported.

Dramatic helicopter footage aired on KABC-TV showed the fire climbing up a bush-covered hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean and spreading to the Aliso Peak hiking trail in Ocean County to palatial homes at the summit.

The video showed crews using planes to put out the blaze from above, dropping fire retardant and water in the smoky area.

Residents of the Coronado Pointe and Pacific Island Drive communities ordered leave home while voluntarily evacuating In force In nearby Laguna Beach, officials said.

Homes in Laguna Niguel were evacuated on May 11 as sea breezes fueled the fire.
Fires burn on the slopes of Laguna Niguel.

US News .

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