The Laguna Beach Fire Department evacuation orders for residents in the Top of the World and Old Top of the World areas will remain in effect overnight tonight through Sunday morning. This generally includes all neighborhoods along Alta Laguna Boulevard and down Park Avenue to Bern Drive and Temple Hills Drive to Dorn Court.
Evacuations remain in effect for these areas due to the potential of fire danger and because fire apparatus might be populating the neighborhoods preventing the ability to evacuate. Evacuations will remain in effect throughout the night into Sunday morning. Evacuated residents are encouraged to make other arrangements as they will not be able to return to their homes this evening. The City wants to sincerely thank all residents affected by the evacuation for their cooperation during this turbulent time. To be clear, no structures have been lost at this time. The evacuation orders remain in effect in order to safeguard our citizens from any harm. Aliso Viejo residents were allowed to return to their homes earlier this evening because the fire was no longer deemed a threat to the Aliso Viejo area.
Fire crews from the Laguna Beach Fire Department and the Orange County Fire Authority will closely monitor the fire situation and remain on scene through the night. Two fire helicopters will continually drop water on the fire, and fire crews are equipped with bulldozers to create fire breaks if needed to prevent the fire from spreading. Fire strike teams will also be on stand-by throughout the night if needed.
The Aliso Fire started early this afternoon and is now over 250 acres in size, with 1500 Laguna Beach residents evacuated. City administrators are monitoring the fire from the City’s Emergency Operations Center, and the next media release on the fire situation will happen Sunday morning between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.
Temporary Evacuation Point or Evacuation Shelter: A Care and Reception Center has been opened at the Susi Q Community Center which is located at 380 3rd Street. Information and staff are available at the center for evacuees.
Residents: It is necessary to keep roads closed and people evacuated from Old Top of the World to Alta Laguna Park late into the evening and possibly early into tomorrow morning. There are road closures in that area to allow fire personnel to position themselves appropriately. We have two helicopters and three fixed wing plans and are monitoring the fire from the City’s Emergency Operations Center.
The fire is currently estimated at 125 acres in size and 1500 people have been evacuated.
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