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BREAKING NEWS: Mansions are seen engulfed in flames near Laguna Beach in Orange County as strong winds fuel fast-moving brush fire

  • Homes overlooking the ocean near Laguna Beach have been engulfed in flames from a fast-moving brush fire
  • Dubbed the Coastal Fire, it started at 2.44am and has, in just a few hours, spread to more than 180 acres 
  • It is being fueled by strong winds and has set 13 homes homes alight in the Laguna Niguel neighborhood
  • Evacuations have been ordered in the areas as firefighters battle to get flames under control

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Large homes overlooking the ocean near Laguna Beach in Orange County, California, have been engulfed in flames by a fast-moving brush fire.

The blaze – dubbed the Coastal Fire – ignited near a water treatment facility between Laguna Niguel and Laguna Beach at 2.44pm local time, according to ABC7, and had grown to 183 acres by 6pm. 

The fire is being fueled by strong winds and has already engulfed 13 homes.

A home is seen engulfed in flames just a few hours after the fire ignited in Orange County, California

A home is seen engulfed in flames just a few hours after the fire ignited in Orange County, California

A large home is seen burning after the Coastal Fire broke out on Tuesday afternoon. Residents have been told to evacuate

A large home is seen burning after the Coastal Fire broke out on Tuesday afternoon. Residents have been told to evacuate

A fire truck is seen at the scene of the fire. Water-dropping helicopters are being used to try and fight the fire

A fire truck is seen at the scene of the fire. Water-dropping helicopters are being used to try and fight the fire

Evacuations have been ordered in the area as authorities work to get the flames under control. Water-dropping helicopters are being used to try and fight the fire.

Luxury resort and golf course – The Ranch at Laguna Beach – has been evacuated. Smoke could reportedly be seen for miles and the fire is zero percent contained.

This is a developing story, more to follow. 

Evacuations have been ordered in the area as authorities work to get the flames under control

Evacuations have been ordered in the area as authorities work to get the flames under control

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