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Immediate evacuation of Irvine Cove and Southern Emerald Bay ordered due to brush fire

The Laguna Beach Police Department has issued an IMMEDIATE EVACUATION ORDER for Irvine Cove and Emerald Bay (both North AND South Emerald Bay), and an EVACUATION WARNING has been issued for all of North Laguna (all residents North of Broadway) in Laguna Beach due to a nearby brush fire. Homes are currently threatened with the possibility of more structures threatened if the fire spreads.

Click https://www.lagunabeachcity.net/live-here/emergency-management/evacuation-planning for all City Evacuation Zone Maps.

Coast Highway will be closed in both directions until further notice. Northbound Coast Highway is closed at Ledriot Street. Southbound is closed at El Morro Bay. All schools in North Laguna are closed. For more information contact the School District.

An IMMEDIATE EVACUATION ORDER means there is an imminent threat to life or property. People and their pets in the Immediate Evacuation Order area should evacuate NOW, without delay.

It is critical that people in laguna Beach register to receive emergency alerts. Sign up at www.alertoc.com and to sign up for Nixle, text 92651 to 888-777. For ongoing updates, go to www.lagunabeachcity.net.

The article above was released by the City of Laguna Beach.

Update: Evacuation orders lifted, warnings remain in effect

Effective at 3:00 p.m. today, all Evacuation Orders for Irvine Cove and Emerald Bay in Laguna Beach are LIFTED and residents may return to their homes. An Evacuation Warning for Irvine Cove, Emerald Bay and North Laguna will remain IN EFFECT until further notice and residents should remain on heightened alert and be ready to evacuate if needed on short notice. Southern California Edison is on scene and waiting to get permission from the Incident Command Post before re-energizing power lines and evacuated residents returning home should know their homes may not yet have power.

OCFA is reporting the Emerald Fire is now estimated at 10% containment and 150 acres in size. At this time, there are no major threats to region and no reports of structure loss. Laguna Beach Fire and Police will be patrolling overnight at Irvine Cove to perform fire watch in the area to watch for hot spots. OCFA will patrol the unincorporated Emerald Bay area. Neighboring State Parks will remain closed.

“We are so proud of our City team for the way they activated the Emergency Operations Center so quickly, Shohreh and I personally watched them in action at 5:00 a.m. this morning,” said Laguna Beach Mayor Sue Kempf. “Every Department in the City contributed to the response effort and a positive outcome for this situation that could have been very unfortunate. We extend a sincere thank you to all of our community partners which include Orange County Fire Authority, Los Angeles County Fire, Newport Beach Fire, Caltrans, Southern California Edison, the City of Irvine, the City of Laguna Niguel, the City of Mission Viejo, Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Without the help of these partnering agencies, this situation could have been much worse.”

“I want to thank our City team who has been working since 4:30 a.m. this morning to stop this fire in its tracks, and while we are tired we are happy with the outcome,” said Laguna Beach City Manager Shohreh Dupuis. “A fire truly has no boundaries, and we all need to work together in situations like this. While this fire affected two gated neighborhoods – one in Laguna Beach and one in unincorporated Orange County, we will all work together to do everything we can to protect everyone and keep the fire from spreading.”

Mutual aid to fight the Emerald Fire was received from Orange County Fire Authority, Los Angeles County Fire, Newport Beach and members from all local OC Fire Departments, Caltrans, Southern California Edison, the City of Irvine, the City of Laguna Niguel, the City of Mission Viejo and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. The City’s new Outdoor Warning System was used to alert residents of the evacuation and the new Helipod filling station on the Fire Road was put into service and water drops from the air were deployed to fight the fire from both the air and the ground.

Coast Highway is now open in both directions. The care and reception centers at the Laguna Beach Community and Susi Q Center and at the Los Olivos Community Center in Irvine are closed as of 3:00 p.m. A County Public Hotline for more information on the fire is available at 714-628-7085. For information about power outages and restoration, please go to www.sce.com/outage.

Click https://bit.ly/3GFoFT0 for a Real Time Evacuation map from the City of Laguna Beach.

It is critical that people in laguna Beach register to receive emergency alerts. Sign up at www.alertoc.com and to sign up for Nixle, text 92651 to 888-777. For ongoing updates, go to www.lagunabeachcity.net.

The article above was released by the City of Laguna Beach.