Fast-Moving Brush Fire Races Up OC Hillside, Burns Homes
LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif.—A wildfire swept through Aliso Wood Canyon May 11, burning down multimillion-dollar homes on the hillside overlooking the ocean between Laguna Niguel and Laguna Beach.
The Coastal Fire was reported at 2:44 p.m., Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Sean Doran said. The fire originated near the South Orange County Wastewater Authority’s Coastal Treatment Plant, which handles sewage for the Laguna Beach area, said Orange County sheriff’s Sgt. Scott Steinle.
Crews on scene estimated the size at about 200 acres by 6:15 p.m.
The flames spread quickly as they tore through thick brush on the hillside, aided by ocean winds that sparked spot fires ahead of the main blaze. The fire pushed its way uphill, advancing on Aliso Summit Trail and into the neighboring multimillion-dollar estates.
Originally appeared on The Epoch Times