Laguna Beach #EmeraldFire Thursday February 10 2022.
The Emerald Fire started in the early morning hours on Thursday February 10 2022.
The Emerald Fire displaced residents and closed down the iconic Coast Highway 1 in Laguna Beach California.
As Laguna Beach heads into the late afternoon, Coast Highway is reopened and residents are able to return to their homes.
Laguna Beach Mayor Sue Kempf states “the number one concern is the safety of our residents.”.
At this time, there are no major threats to region and no reports of structure loss.
Laguna Beach Fire and Police will be patrolling overnight at Irvine Cove to perform fire watch in the area to watch for hot spots. OCFA will patrol the unincorporated Emerald Bay area.
Neighboring State Parks will remain closed.
The City’s new Outdoor Warning System was used to alert residents of the evacuation and the new Helipod filling station on the Fire Road was put into service and water drops from the air were deployed to fight the fire from both the air and the ground.
UPDATE on February 10 2022 at 11:30am: Coast Highway Reopened in both directions (North and South).
North Operations units responded to the Emerald Bay Fire this morning. Great work by the Orange County Fire Authority firefighters and all other local supporting agencies. @OCFireAuthority #EmeraldFire pic.twitter.com/f65VeUMa4o
— OCSD – North Patrol (@OCSDNorthPatrol) February 10, 2022
Laguna Beach Evacuation Order Lifted Thursday February 10 2022 at 3:00pm
All Evacuation Orders for Irvine Cove and Emerald Bay in Laguna Beach are LIFTED and residents may return to their homes.
Laguna Beach Evacuation Warning In Effect Thursday February 10 2022 at 3:00pm
An Evacuation Warning for Irvine Cove, Emerald Bay and North Laguna will remain IN EFFECT until further notice and residents should remain on heightened alert and be ready to evacuate if needed on short notice.
Southern California Edison is on scene and waiting to get permission from the Incident Command Post before re-energizing power lines and evacuated residents returning home should know their homes may not yet have power.
Orange County Hiking Trials Closed Due to Emerald Fire
The City of Irvine is reporting that: “All trails within Crystal Cove State Park and Laguna Wilderness Park are closed due to the #EmeraldFire. Bommer Canyon remains open, but access to those parks from the West Fork Trail is closed at the Laguna Wilderness intersect.” (Twitter at 11:00am)
Laguna Beach Emerald Fire Size
OCFA is estimating the fire at 150 acres
Laguna Beach Emerald Fire Containment
OCFA is estimating a 10% percent containment of the Emerald Fire.
Laguna Beach Emerald Fire History
Emerald Fire Start Date: Thursday February 10 2022 at 4:00am
Orange County Fire Authority reports a 7 acre Vegetation Fire in Emerald Bay.
Resources and additional strike teams have been requested from throughout OC and the region to support firefighting efforts.
Emerald Fire Location: Orange County Emerald Bay in North Laguna Beach California
(this is a Orange County unincorporated area)
Fire Progression: Strong Winds are pushing the Fire North and West (OCFA at 7:20am Press Conference)
Emerald Fire Damage: No Structures. 145 acres burned.
Emerald Fire Crews: Water drops from the air are being deployed to fight the fire and fire crews are fighting it from the ground.
Laguna Beach Emerald Fire Partnerships: OCFA, Los Angeles County Fire, Newport Beach Fire, Caltrans, the City of Irvine, the City of Laguna Niguel, the City of Mission Viejo and the OC Sheriff’s Department.
UPDATED: February 10 2022 at 3:00pm: All Evacuation Orders Lifted
Evacuation Orders (Mandatory)
Emerald Bay north of Pacific Coast Highway
Irvine Cove area of Laguna Beach
North Coast area of Laguna Beach
North Laguna (all residents North of Broadway)
Evacuees should go South on Coast Highway to evacuate the area.
Evacuation Warning (Voluntary)
Boat Canyon area of Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach Evacuation Center
UPDATE: Laguna Beach Evacuation Centers are closed as of Thursday February 10 2022 at 3:00pm.
Laguna Beach Suzi Q Community Center is located at 380 Third Street
Los Olivos Community Center in Irvine at 101 Alonso
Updated on February 10 2022 at 11:30am: Coast Highway Reopened
All of Emerald Bay/Upper Irvine Cove are still closed
The City of Newport Beach Police Department had closed Coast Highway from Newport Coast Drive to Laguna Beach.
Laguna Beach School Closures
All Laguna Beach Schools are closed Thursday February 10 2022
All Anneliese School locations are closed Thursday February 10 2022
Wind Advisory thru February 10 2022 at 4:00pm
Northeast winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 45 mph.
Heat Advisory thru Sunday February 13 2022 at 6:00pm
Temperatures up to 91 Degrees.
February 10 2022 at 6:21am: SCE is reporting that 278 Customers are without power.
Southern California Edison (SCE) Wildfire Page is Online
When there is a high risk for a wildfire SCE may temporarily shut off power to your neighborhood to prevent our electric system from becoming the source of an ignition.
See the interactive map to search impacted areas as well as locations of SCE Community Crew Vehicles and Community Resource Centers.
This is a Fast Moving Story. Please contact OC Sheriff Department Emerald Fire Online Site and The City of Laguna Beach for the latest information.
You may also call Orange County Emergency Operation Center Public Information Hotline (714) 628-7085.
South OC Beaches will do their best to update information as it becomes available