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Laguna Niguel: Several homes in Southern California are on fire as a coastal fire prompts evacuations

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. — Several homes were destroyed in Southern California Wednesday night as the coastal fire continued to spread.

At least 20 homes were burned in Laguna Niguel and the fire had reached about 200 acres, according to the Orange County Fire Authority, which said it has “60 different types of resources to fight the blazes.”

Evacuation orders have been issued for Coronado Pointe Drive, Vista Court and Via Las Rosa in the Pacific Islands area, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said. Voluntary evacuations are scheduled for residents of Laguna Beach in the Balboa Nyes or Portafina neighborhoods.

OCFA chief Brian Fennessy said late Wednesday there were no reports of civilian or firefighter casualties. Crews fighting the blaze are gradually getting a better handle on the blaze and “great progress” is expected over the night and the coming days, Fennessy said.

According to the fire chief, the cause of the fire is still unknown and investigations are ongoing.

Fennessy said the fire started quickly and moved uphill over steep terrain, making access challenging for hand crews. With fuel beds so dry across the West, blazes like the Coast Fire “will be more commonplace,” he said, adding that when winds combine with dry fuel, “fires will be upon us.”

Strong winds blew embers into the attics of houses, making it difficult for firefighters to put out the blazes as the fires jumped from house to house in the neighborhood, which is full of multimillion-dollar homes.

Laguna Niguel is south of Laguna Beach and about 25 miles down the coast from Huntington Beach.

ABC News’ Jenna Harrison Esseling and Marilyn E. Heck contributed to this report.

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