Coastal Fire

Post Coastal Fire Community Education Materials & Campaigns

As the City has shifted from the Coastal Fire ‘Response Stage’ to a ‘Recovery Stage”’ it continues to actively assist the impacted homeowners individually, as well as work closely with the Coronado Pointe Homeowners Association directly.

The City and its partners in public safety from the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) remain committed to continuing to educate the community on how to be best prepared in the event of an emergency such as a wildfire.  As such, since the emergency took place in May 2022, the City has released several online communication campaigns focused on providing educational resources to the community.

The City also continues to seek grant funding opportunities to assist with the reimbursement of incurred expenses related to the Coastal Fire response.  This includes Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as well as with County of Orange 5th District Supervisor, Lisa Bartlett’s Office.

Please Note - The cause of the Coastal Fire that destroyed 20 homes and damaged 12 others still remains under investigation at this time. 

Resources for Residents 

  • If you were impacted by the Coastal Fire, please know that City Staff are ready to assist you. Please email lnfire@cityoflagunaniguel.org or call (949) 362-4300.
  • The Orange County Chapter of the American Red Cross has a Disaster Mental Health Team, which consists of mental health professional who are ready to assist anyone impacted by the Coastal Fire. If you are interested in speaking with a member of this team, please call (714) 481-5300. 

Please be Mindful of Scams and Contractor Fraud

Unfortunately, emergencies that affect a community, such as the Coastal Fire, can present an opportunity for professional con artists to reach out to those that have been directly impacted. Please know that the City has not hired any contractors to work directly with those residents impacted by the fire, nor has the City asked contractors to reach out on behalf of the City.

  • To verify a contractor’s license number, please visit www.cslb.ca.gov or call 800-321-CSLB (2752).
  • To view an 'After a Disaster' Brochure, please CLICK HERE
  • For additional resources, please CLICK HERE.











Timeline of Events

05-20-22 at 7:02 AM - All trails at Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park have opened. However, portions of the Aliso Summit Trail impacted by the Coastal Fire (Vista Montemar to Pacific Island Dr) remains closed. View MAP

05-18-22 at 5:00 PM - Press Release - All Coastal Fire Mandatory Evacuation Zones Lifted

  • 100% containment
  • 200 acres
  • 12 homes damaged and 20 homes destroyed
  • No reported injuries or loss of life to any residents or their pets
  • Two injured firefighters are recovering and doing well

Portions of Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park have reopened following the Coastal Fire. The following areas of the park remain temporarily closed: Meadows Trail, Sheep Run Trail and Aliso Creek Trail East south of the creek crossing. No public access south of Wood Canyon trailhead. Please see map for detailed closure information. Highlighted trails are closed.

05-18-22 at 3:00 PM – The final remaining mandatory evacuation zone on Coronado Pointe has been lifted. There are no longer any evacuation zones in place for the Coastal Fire. 

  • 100% containment
  • 200 acres
  • 12 homes damaged and 20 homes destroyed
  • No reported injuries or loss of life to any residents or their pets
  • Two injured firefighters are recovering and doing well

Residents directly impacted by the Coastal Fire continue to be encouraged to contact City staff members for assistance and resources by emailing lnfire@cityoflagunaniguel.org or by calling (949) 362-4300.

05-17-22 at 9:00 AM - With great effort from Orange County Fire Authority firefighters, in partnership with other Orange County fire departments and out of county resources, including CAL FIRE, the Coastal Fire is now 100% contained.

  • 200 acres
  • 12 homes damaged and 20 homes destroyed
  • No reported injuries or loss of life to any residents or their pets
  • Two injured firefighters are recovering and doing well 

The updated evacuation map can be viewed HERE

Residents directly impacted by the Coastal Fire are encouraged to contact a City staff member for assistance and resources by emailing lnfire@cityoflagunaniguel.org or by calling (949) 362-4300.

The Laguna Niguel Regional Park and portions of Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park have reopened. However, portions of the Aliso Summit Trail immediately bordering the evacuation zone remain closed at this time.

05-16-22 at 5:00 PM – The Coastal Fire is now at 90% containment and the fire remains at 200 acres. Orange County Fire Authority firefighters continue to strengthen control lines around the Coastal Fire. 

30 homes on Coronado Pointe remain under mandatory evacuation. 

The updated evacuation map can be viewed HERE.

Residents directly impacted by the Coastal Fire are encouraged to contact a City staff member for assistance and resources by emailing lnfire@cityoflagunaniguel.org or by calling (949) 362-4300. For Animal Evacuation Assistance, please call Mission Viejo Animal Services at (949) 470-3045 - Ext 0.

05-15-22 at 6:20 PM - The Coastal Fire is now 80% contained and the total acres burned remains at 200. 

30 homes on Coronado Pointe remain under mandatory evacuation. 

The updated evacuation map can be viewed HERE.

Residents directly impacted by the Coastal Fire are encouraged to contact a City staff member for assistance and resources by emailing lnfire@cityoflagunaniguel.org or by calling (949) 362-4300. For Animal Evacuation Assistance, please call Mission Viejo Animal Services at (949) 470-3045 - Ext 0.

Please note, portions of the Aliso Summit Trail immediately bordering the evacuation zone remain closed at this time. Additionally, the Laguna Niguel Regional Park remains closed.

05-15-22 at 2:30 PM - The City’s partners in public safety, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) and the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA), have been working around the clock to further contain the blaze, which has resulted in great progress.

30 homes on Coronado Pointe remain under mandatory evacuation, and the Coastal Fire remains at 60% containment and 200 acres burned.

The updated evacuation map can be viewed HERE.

Residents directly impacted by the Coastal Fire are encouraged to contact a City staff member for assistance and resources by emailing lnfire@cityoflagunaniguel.org or by calling (949) 362-4300. For Animal Evacuation Assistance, please call Mission Viejo Animal Services at (949) 470-3045 - Ext 0.

Please note, portions of the Aliso Summit Trail immediately bordering the evacuation zone remain closed at this time. Additionally, the Laguna Niguel Regional Park remains closed. 

05-15-22 at 9:30 AM -  Firefighters continue their focused effort on increasing containment at the Coastal Fire while working in difficult terrain with temperatures decreasing and light winds picking up in the afternoon. 

The Coastal Fire remains at 60% containment and 200 acres burned.

The evacuation map can be viewed HERE.

Residents directly impacted by the Coastal Fire are encouraged to contact a City staff member for assistance and resources by emailing lnfire@cityoflagunaniguel.org or by calling (949) 362-4300. For Animal Evacuation Assistance, please call Mission Viejo Animal Services at (949) 470-3045 - Ext 0.

05-14-22 at 6:30 PM - The Coastal Fire is now 60% contained and the total acres burned remains at 200.

The updated evacuation map can be found at bit.ly/3NeVObA. Four residential streets in the impacted area remain under mandatory evacuation until further progress can be made. The streets that remain under mandatory evacuation include: 

  • Coronado Pointe
  • Vista Court 
  • Via La Rosas
  • Vista Montemar (Residences at 71, 72, 74, 76, 78, 80)

Residents directly impacted by the Coastal Fire are encouraged to contact a City staff member for assistance and resources by emailing lnfire@cityoflagunaniguel.org or by calling (949) 362-4300. For Animal Evacuation Assistance, please call Mission Viejo Animal Services at (949) 470-3045 - Ext 0.

05-14-22 at 2:00 PM - PRESS RELEASE - Aggressive Efforts to Combat Coastal Fire Result in Further Reduction to Mandatory Evacuation Zone

The City’s partners in public safety, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) and the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA), have been working around the clock to further contain the blaze. These efforts have led to a reduction from 900 homes to 71 homes in the mandatory evacuation zone.

The updated evacuation map can be found at bit.ly/3NeVObA. Four residential streets in the impacted area remain under mandatory evacuation until further progress can be made. The streets that remain under mandatory evacuation include: 

  • Coronado Pointe
  • Vista Court 
  • Via La Rosas
  • Vista Montemar (Residences at 71, 72, 74, 76, 78, 80)

The Care and Reception Center at Crown Valley Community Center is no longer open. Residents directly impacted by the Coastal Fire are encouraged to contact a City staff member for assistance and resources by emailing lnfire@cityoflagunaniguel.org or by calling (949) 362-4300. For Animal Evacuation Assistance, please call Mission Viejo Animal Services at (949) 470-3045 - Ext 0.

05-14-22 at 10:30 AM - The emphasis for today is for firefighters to continue to utilize drones with heat seeking capabilities to seek out hot spots within the fire’s perimeter. Hazards throughout the area continue to be mitigated to render the area safe for residents to return to their homes where possible.

The Coastal Fire is currently at:
  • 200 acres
  • 40% containment
  • 11 homes damaged and 20 destroyed
  • 456 firefighters on scene
  • 769 homes lifted from evacuation

If you were impacted by the Coastal Fire, please know that City Staff are ready to assist you. Please email lnfire@cityoflagunaniguel.org

For questions, please call (949) 362-4300 or email lnfire@cityoflagunaniguel.org

The evacuation map can be found HERE.

To view Community Updates from Mayor Elaine Gennawey, please CLICK HERE and HERE.

05-13-22 at 6:15 PM - The firefighters have put in a great deal of effort into going through debris, checking for hot spots, and mitigating hazards. The Coastal Fire is currently at:

  • 200 acres 
  • 40% containment 
  • 20 homes destroyed
  • 11 homes damaged 

The updated evacuation map can be found HERE. Seven residential streets in the impacted area remain under mandatory evacuation until further progress can be made. The streets that remain under mandatory evacuation include: 

  • Coronado Pointe
  • Vista Court 
  • La Vue
  • La Fleur
  • Le Port
  • Via La Rosas
  • Vista Montemar (Residences at 71, 72, 74, 76, 78, 80)

If you were impacted the Coastal Fire, please know that City Staff are ready to assist you. Please email lnfire@cityoflagunaniguel.org.

05-13-22 at 3:00 PM - PRESS RELEASE - Coastal Fire Mandatory Evacuation Zone Significantly Reduced

The City’s partners in public safety, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) and the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA), have been successful with further containment leading to a reduction from 900 homes to 131 homes in the mandatory evacuation zone. 

The updated evacuation map can be found HERE. Seven residential streets in the impacted area remain under mandatory evacuation until further progress can be made. The streets that remain under mandatory evacuation include: 

  • Coronado Pointe
  • Vista Court 
  • La Vue
  • La Fleur
  • Le Port
  • Via La Rosas
  • Vista Montemar (Residences at 71, 72, 74, 76, 78, 80)

05-13-22 at 11:50 AM - The containment of the fire has increased to 25% and the acreage remains at 200. There are now 563 personnel assigned to the incident. 

Orange County Fire Authority firefighters are continuing to mitigate hazards that remain in the active fire area. The safety of the community is paramount so the Orange County Sheriff's Department, CA will continue to heavily monitor the area. Utility Crews are also in the area working to restore services.

All evacuation areas can be found here and are updated in real time: http://ocsheriff.gov/coastalfire. Check back frequently for updates to the evacuation areas.

For questions, please call the County Hotline Number at (714) 628-7085. 

If you were impacted by the Coastal Fire, please know that City Staff are ready to assist you. Please email lnfire@cityoflagunaniguel.org.

05-13-22 at 8:30 AM - There are no scheduled press conferences for the #CoastalFire. Any updates will continue to be published on social media and the City’s website. The Coastal Fire is currently at:

  • 200 acres 
  • 15% containment 
  • 20 homes destroyed 
  • 11 homes damaged 
  • 550 firefighters on scene 
  • 2 firefighters injured, and have been released from the hospital 

05-12-22 at 6:00 PM - The Coastal Fire is currently at:

  • 200 acres 
  • 15% containment 
  • 20 homes destroyed 
  • 11 homes damaged 
  • 550 firefighters on scene 
  • 2 firefighters injured, and have been released from the hospital 
Evacuations for neighborhoods impacted by the Coastal Fire will remain in place overnight as crews continue to work to render the area safe.

05-12-22 at 12:00 PM - PRESS RELEASE - Laguna Niguel Proclaims Existence of Local Emergency in Response to the Coastal Fire 

The next news conference is scheduled today 5:00 pm. To watch the news conference please click here: https://www.facebook.com/OCFireAuthority.

Please note, while the Crown Valley Community Center remains open as a temporary shelter to all evacuees, all programs, classes, and rentals are cancelled through Sunday, May 15, 2022.

All programs at the Laguna Niguel Aquatics Center are cancelled through Sunday, May 15, 2022, and the Laguna Niguel Skate Park is currently closed through Friday, May 13, 2022. 

The Laguna Niguel Regional Park, Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, and the Aliso Summit Trail remained closed at this time until further notice.

The Sea Country Senior and Community Center continues to operate as normal at this time. 

05-12-22 at 7:30 AM - The Orange County Fire Authority, Orange County Sheriff's Department, and the City of Laguna Niguel will be holding a joint news conference today at 8:30 am. To watch the news conference please click here: https://www.facebook.com/OCFireAuthority

05-11-22 at 11:00 PM - The Coastal Fire is now at approximately 195 acres. Over 60 different types of resources are battling the flames. Due to decreased winds, the spread of the fire has significantly slowed down. 

05-11-22 at Approximately 2:45 PM - A vegetation fire began in the Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. Unfortunately, strong winds shifted the wildfire, now known as the Coastal Fire, toward the Coronado Pointe neighborhood in the City of Laguna Niguel. Fueled by thick brush, strong wind, and steep topography, the fire prompted a mandatory evacuation of 900 homes. Over 60 different types of resources from throughout the region were utilized to battle the flames.











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Evacuation Terminology 

Evacuation Order

Mandatory evacuation order with hard road closures. Evacuated individuals will not be allowed to enter the area until the Evacuation Order is lifted.

Evacuation Warning

Voluntary evacuation to give you advance warning in a slow moving event. This is to allow individuals time to evacuate an area.

Shelter-in-Place

You are directed to stay in your residence, school, workplace or other building because it has been determined that staying where you are is safer than evacuating. 

Know Your Neighborhood Zone!

The City's evacuation zone map includes all-hazard evacuation zones throughout the entire City, which are are easily broken down by neighborhood location. Residents are encouraged to review the map and become familiar with their neighborhood zone.