Smoke Cloud Fills Sky as Orange County Fire Destroys at Least 20 Homes

A cloud of smoke filled the sky in Laguna Niguel, California, on May 11, as a fast-moving brush fire destroyed homes and forced residents to evacuate.

Footage recorded by local resident Kayt Christensen shows a large plume of smoke from the blaze, called the Coastal Fire, filling the sky in Orange County on Wednesday afternoon.

Christensen said she had gone to stay with her parents after her neighborhood was issued a voluntary evacuation order.

The Coastal Fire was first reported at around 2:44 pm local time on Wednesday, fire authorities said at a press conference.

The authority said on Thursday that the fire was burning around 199 acres and had destroyed at least 20 homes. Credit: Kayt Christensen via Storyful

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