The city of Huntington Beach closed the beach Saturday evening between the pier and the Santa Ana River jetty due to an oil slick off the coast.
The U.S. Coast Guard and California state officials responded around 12:20 p.m. to a report of a 13-square-mile oil slick about three miles off the coast of Newport Beach, the agency said.
California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife said its spill prevention and response team was heading to the site.
“OSPR responding to reports of oil in federal waters several miles offshore of Huntington Beach. Multiple reports of sheen were made to Cal OES. OSPR crew on water surveilling area. Source, volume & oil type under investigation. Cleanup contractors being mobilized,” the CDFW tweeted at 1:49 p.m.
Late Saturday afternoon, the city of Newport Beach tweeted it was monitoring the situation and was prepared to protect its beaches and harbor if necessary. Officials also said the spill was expected to dissipate through wind, sun and wave action and was not expected to come ashore.