At least 20 mansions in the luxurious coastal town of Laguna Niguel, in California, United States, were devastated by the fire, which was fought by more than 500 firefighters. As a result of the incident, a large cloud of orange smoke dyed the sky of the city.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the work of the firefighters was joined by helicopters that drop water to try to control the embers of the baptized “Coastal Fire”. The incident originated on Wednesday afternoon in the hills facing the ocean Peacefullocated almost 80 km south of Los Angeles.
In addition to the houses that were consumed by the fire, there were at least 80 hectares burned and about a hundred families had to be evicted. So far, no injuries have been reported.. California is going through a historic drought, and the fire fanned by the ocean wind further fueled the flames, images of which went viral on social media.
According to Orange County Fifth District Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, the size of the houses encouraged the fire to advance. “When you see the size of the houses, there is so much combustible material that they burn fastand then the wind fanns the flames that spread from house to house,” he assured the American newspaper.
It is unknown what caused the fire
Although it is unknown what caused the fire, Southern California Edison, the local electric company, told regional authorities that there was “circuit activity” around the time the fire was recorded.
Although fires are becoming more common in the American West, they have also become more intense. This is due to global warming caused by human action and the consumption of fossil fuels.
The average temperature in summer in California, on the west coast of the country, is 1.6ºC higher than that recorded at the end of the 19th century.