According to the news sources, a fast-moving wildfire erupted in the Southern California, city of Laguna Niguel on Wednesday afternoon. The local authorities have added that it has affected about 200 acres, damaging homes and forcing evacuation in the city.

Till now, no injuries or any other casualties have been reported as of Wednesday. The Coastal Fire has destroyed and damaged around 20-plus buildings and structures.

Firefighters were “getting a better handle” on the fire and were expected to make progress overnight, he added. “It’s sad to say we’re kind of getting used to this,” he said.

Laguna Niguel is a coastal city that is based 50 miles from Los Angeles. Moreover, some of the damaged and threatened homes were in the area with multimillion-dollar mansions. The current activity of the wildfire has now been increasing in Southern California, according to the official tallies.

Nine casualties have occurred in Southern California in 2020 and 2021. Out of the state’s 20 largest wildfires, the numbers still continue to increase while the areas affected are still in the process of recovery.

Out of five, three deadliest wildfires have erupted in the year 2017. The city is also influenced by severe weather conditions due to drought. Also, there were major reservoirs that were depleted, while the Colorado River, which is an important water resource for Southern California, is experiencing a megadrought that is intensified by climate change.

Fennessy added that the windy air and dry spells have made it easier for the fire to spread more quickly as compared to the situations in past. The “moisture is so low that those fires are taking off and running,” he said.

Niguel Mayor Elaine Gennawey
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According to the reports received from the Washington Post, “The Laguna Niguel fire was the result of a combination of strong winds, dry vegetation and the steep slope of the area where the fire was first detected. First responders reported a wildfire at about 3 p.m. local time. Citizens near Coronado Pointe Drive, Vista Court, and Via Las Rosas were put under mandatory evacuation orders, which were later expanded to cover other areas north of the intersection of Pacific Island Drive and Flying Cloud Drive. Laguna Niguel Mayor Elaine Gennawey told reporters that an evacuation center had been set up, where 25 adults, two children and five pets had sought shelter”. At the moment, the fire has posed no threat to the neighboring city of Laguna Beach according to the officials. Moreover, the residents of the Balboa Nyes neighborhood were found to be under temporary evacuation orders before they were completely lifted.