Orange County brush fire: At least 13 homes on fire as Laguna Niguel brush fire grows in size, approaches more residential areas

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (KABC) — Several homes overlooking the ocean in Laguna Niguel are now engulfed in flames as a fast-moving brush fire is spreading rapidly amid strong winds.

The fire broke out Wednesday afternoon between Laguna Niguel and Laguna Beach near a water treatment plant, according to the Orange County Fire Authority, and quickly erupted in size.

It has since grown to 30 acres as of 5 pm, according to authorities. The strong winds are reportedly blowing embers into the attics of homes, making it harder for firefighters to get through.

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The Laguna Beach Police Department has issued voluntary evacuations for residents living in the Balboa Nyes/Portafina neighborhood.

Residents and their pets are asked to make preparations should an immediate evacuation order be issued.

AIR7 HD cameras captured at least 13 homes on fire in a community near Coronado Pointe.

There were no immediate reports of injuries.

Several water-dropping helicopters have been helping fight the flames, and crews in fixed-wing aircraft have also been assisting.

According to the city of Aliso Viejo, the Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park is shut down. Students participating in after-school activities at Laguna Beach High School were also evacuated, according to the school district.

An evacuation center has since been created for those seeking help. Residents in the area can visit 29751 Crown Valley Parkway for assistance.

This is a developing story. This article will continue to be updated as more information becomes available.

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