Large homes overlooking the ocean near Laguna Beach in Orange County, California, have been engulfed in flames by a fast-moving brush fire.
The blaze – dubbed the Coastal Fire – ignited near a water treatment facility between Laguna Niguel and Laguna Beach at 2.44pm local time, according to ABC7, and had grown to 183 acres by 6pm.
The fire is being fueled by strong winds and has already engulfed 13 homes in the exclusive enclave, where properties regularly sell for millions of dollars.
Around 4pm, people living in the area of Pacific Island Drive and Coronado Pointe were also ordered to evacuate by Orange County Sheriff’s officials.
In addition, residents near Moulton Meadows and Balbo Nyes were advised to be prepared to flee at a moment’s notice.
Laguna Beach high school has been evacuated. There are no reports of any injuries.
Smoke is seen rising from the Coastal Fire which ignited near a water treatment facility between Laguna Niguel and Laguna Beach at 2.44pm local time
A home is seen engulfed in flames just a few hours after the fire ignited in Orange County, California
A large home is seen burning after the Coastal Fire broke out on Tuesday afternoon. Residents have been told to evacuate
A fire truck is seen at the scene of the fire. Water-dropping helicopters are being used to try and fight the fire
Evacuations have been ordered in the area as authorities work to get the flames under control. Water-dropping helicopters are being used to try and fight the fire.
Luxury resort and golf course – The Ranch at Laguna Beach – has been evacuated.
Smoke could reportedly be seen for miles and the fire is zero percent contained.
This is a developing story, more to follow.
Evacuations have been ordered in the area as authorities work to get the flames under control