The fire broke out Wednesday afternoon between Laguna Niguel and Laguna Beach near a water treatment plant, according to the Orange County Fire Authority.
It quickly sent smoke into the sky and prompted a response from firefighters.
The fire reportedly reached three acres just before 4 p.m.
OCFA is on scene of an approximate 3 acre vegetation fire in Aliso Woods Canyon. We are in unified command with @LagunaBeachFD. We have heavy resources on the ground and in the air. We’ll release additional information as it becomes available.
— OCFA PIO (@OCFireAuthority) May 11, 2022
The Laguna Beach Police Department has issued voluntary evacuations for residents living in the Balboa Nyes/Portafina neighborhood in Laguna Beach.
Residents and their pets are asked to make preparations should an immediate evacuation order is issued.
AIR7 HD cameras captured the fire getting close to a community near Coronado Pointe, just along the Aliso Summit Hiking Trail.
Several water-dropping helicopters have been helping fight the flames, and crews in fixed-wing aircraft have also been assisting.
According to the city of Aliso Viejo, the Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park is now shut down.
This is a developing story. This article will continue to be updated as more information becomes available.
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