California was awarded funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Thursday to fight an unusually intense early season wildfire that has torched coastal neighborhoods packed with multi-million dollar mansions in Southern California’s Orange County

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The FEMA grant allowing responding agencies to apply for 75% reimbursement of eligible fire suppression costs.

The blaze, dubbed the Coastal Fire,was reported to have spread to 200 acres as of Thursday 8:30 am PT and was 0% contained.

Mandatory evacuations were in place for portions of Laguna Niguel, and local students were relocated to neighboring schools Thursday.

At least 20 homes were destroyed overnight in the wealthy community of Laguna Niguel.

The cause of the fire was unknown, but the electric utility Southern California Edison was investigating circuit activity that overlaps with the time and place of the start of the wildfire.

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