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Saturday, May 28, 2022

Coastal fire now 25% under control as firefighters assess damage

Officials said the coastal fire persisted on 200 acres overnight as firefighters entered their third day of fighting the blaze, which destroyed a $20 million home in Laguna Niguel and damaged 11 others.

Orange County Fire Authority Captain Than Nguyen said evacuation orders remained in place for some 900 homes as firefighters assessed damaged structures to ensure they would not collapse in the ridgetop community of Coronado Point.

“It’s still dangerous, so we’re making sure it’s safe and that we can get there before it gets populated again,” Nguyen said.

Fire control increased from 15% to 25% just before 9 a.m. on Friday, May 13, officials said. Control is the percentage of the perimeter of the fire that firefighters anticipate that the fire will not proceed.

The fire, which started just before 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11, quickly spread to Coronado Point, driven by gusts of wind, officials said.

The impact of the coastal fire has not increased from day one.

“We are still continuing to go around[the perimeter of the fire],” Nguyen said. “The acreage has not increased, so we are optimistic with that – however, it will take some time for overhauling and weeding out hot spots.”

OCFA Captain Shane Sherwood said two firefighters suffered minor injuries during the shootout, but were treated and discharged from hospital.

Staff photographer Paul Bersbach contributed to this report.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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