18 May Fire Destroys at Least 20 Homes in Laguna Niguel Amid Drought Conditions
May 12, 2021
Source: LA Times
NOTE: This has not yet been declared a FEMA Disaster.
A fire fueled by intense ocean winds barreled into a gated community overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Laguna Niguel on Wednesday, burning at least 20 homes in the latest sign of the drastic effects that climate change and drought are having on California fire danger.
The Coastal fire broke out on a cool but gusty day and spread rapidly, cresting up a canyon before burning huge ridgetop homes. Hundreds of residents fled the flames while firefighters spent the night in pitched house-to-house battles trying to prevent the blaze from spreading deeper into the subdivision.
The fire was 0% contained, and a local emergency order remained in place in Laguna Niguel as of late Wednesday night, said Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley.
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