Firefighters battle the Coastal Fire near the intersection of Vista Montemar and Coronado Pointe in Laguna Niguel, California, on May 11, 2022. Photographer: Jeff Gritchen/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register/Getty Images The blaze is one of three currently burning across California, according to the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The two others are the House Fire near Fresno and the Moonlight RX fire in the Plumas National Forest in Northern California. (Credit: Jeff Gritchen/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register)

(Bloomberg) — A wind-driven wildfire destroyed at least 20 homes in a wealthy town in California’s Orange County, laying bare how a historic drought has left the region under constant threat of blazes.

The fire has consumed at least 195 acres in Laguna Niguel, about 55 miles (89 kilometers) southeast of Los Angeles, the Orange County Fire Authority said in a tweet. Evacuations remain in place in certain areas, Lisa Bartlett, an Orange County supervisor said during a press conference on May 12, 2022. About 900 homes remain under evacuation orders.

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