Orange County, California hit by coastal fire
A wildfire near Laguna Beach, Calif., has already destroyed 20 homes and will likely continue to ravage the area throughout the day.
The blaze – called Coastal Fire – raged until the early hours of Thursday morning, when fire crews were dispatched to try and stop its advance.
Despite their efforts, on Thursday morning around 20 homes – including five multimillion-dollar mansions, one of which was listed at $10million – were left in ruins as the blaze continued to spread to around 200 acres.
The wildfire is fueled in part by ongoing drought conditions affecting much of the western and southwestern United States. The lack of rain causes the regional flora to dry out, which then creates ideal conditions for fueling forest fires.
Fires continue to burn in New Mexico, including the Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak Fire, which has spread more than 400 square miles and forced new evacuations as it spreads north. The Cerro Pelado fire, north of Albuquerque, has put the Los Alamos National Laboratory on evacuation alert.
In Colorado Springs, authorities have issued a mandatory evacuation order for a community surrounding a grass fire that started today.
Fire crews believe the California Fire started in Aliso Woods Canyon, which adjoins one of Laguna’s neighborhoods. Mandatory evacuation orders have been issued for parts of Laguna Niguel.
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Los Alamos National Laboratory said this week that “radiological and other potentially hazardous materials are stored in containers designed and tested to withstand extreme environments, including the heat of a fire.”
The lab, where some of the atomic bomb research took place during World War II, is currently under a preliminary evacuation warning. The lab said it was a “precautionary measure only”.
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In New Mexico, fire crews appear to have controlled the perimeter along the southeast flank of the blaze, including around the city of Las Vegas, which has a population of 13,000.
Winds have continued to push the fire to the north and northeast in recent years
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Footage from the Colorado Springs Fire Department shows an area scorched by a grass fire today
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The Coastal Fire appears to have held steady at around 200 acres today, according to a tweet from the Orange County Fire Authority
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The Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, where research for the Manhattan Project took place that developed the atomic bomb during World War II, is currently under evacuation watch following the fire of the Cerro Pelado north of Albuquerque.
The lab is in a “ready” state on the “ready, ready, go” system, where “leave” is a mandatory evacuation order
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