A wildfire sparked by gustly Santa Ana winds broke out on hills on the southern California coast and burned nearby houses early Thursday.

The fire broke out in the middle of the night on the ground and in the air in a wilderness between Laguna Beach and Emerald Bay near the Pacific Coast Highway at about 4am.

The city of Laguna Beach announced on Twitter that it was evacuating Emerald Bay and the area surrounding Irvine Cove immediately.

The California Fire near Laguna Beach has issued an evacuation order for Irvine Cove and Emerald Bay, as well as an evacuation warning for North Laguna, including all residents north of the Broadway area.

The fire spread to at least seven acres, according to Orange County Fire Rescue Service.

Fire officials were fighting the blaze both in the air and on the ground, with priority paid to protecting homes in Emerald Bay caught in the flames.

Laguna Beach, with 23.000 inhabitants, is built on a shoreline with picturesque beaches and bays that attract millions of tourists every year.

Despite this, pupils and staff were refused entry to the El Morro primary school on Thursday

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