Update 1:30 P.M.- Some Laguna Beach Fire Department evacuation orders for residents in the Top of the World and Old Top of the World areas remain in effect. The following streets remain under a mandatory evacuation order: Nestall Road, Alpine Way, Old Top of the World Drive, Treetop Lane, Ann’s Lane, Shady Lane, Sommet Du Monde, Shady Place, the East or canyon side of Bonn Drive and the East or canyon side of Mountain View Drive from Bonn Drive to Top of the World Elementary School (see attached map.) The evacuations are expected to last into early evening. Residents should plan accordingly.
Residents on Alta Laguna Boulevard are now allowed to return to their homes. All residents living on Ridge Drive, Rimcrest Circle, Crestwood Circle, Park Place, Tyrol Drive, the West side of Bonn Drive, Bern Drive, Cresta Way, Zell Drive, Dorn Court, Chillon Way, Chateau Way, Bernard Court, Temple Hills Drive, and Bern Court are allowed back in their homes at this time. Residents should remain in a state of readiness if they are needed to evacuate again.
Evacuations remain in effect for the areas indicated due to the potential of fire danger and because fire apparatus might be populating the neighborhoods preventing the ability to evacuate. Aerial fire crews are currently monitoring flare-ups and heat spots on the fire from the air and helicopters will continue making water drops throughout the peak heat times of the day. The evacuation orders for the remaining areas are still in effect to safeguard our citizens from any harm and will be lifted as soon as it is safe to do so. The City wants to sincerely thank all residents affected by the evacuation for their cooperation during this fire emergency.
Fire crews from the Laguna Beach Fire Department and the Orange County Fire Authority are closely monitoring the fire situation and remain on scene. As of 1:30 p.m. the fire is estimated at 150 acres and 10% containment.
The Aliso Fire started early Saturday afternoon and grew to over 250 acres in size, with 1500 Laguna Beach residents initially evacuated. City administrators are monitoring the fire from the City’s Emergency Operations Center.
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.
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