The blaze that blackened 200 acres and devastated an upscale hilltop neighborhood in Laguna Niguel was 90% contained Monday and the mandatory evacuation zone has been reduced from 900 to 71 homes.
The Coastal Fire destroyed 20 homes and damaged 11 others since breaking out Wednesday afternoon, according to the Orange County Fire Authority. Two firefighters suffered minor injuries.
Residences on Coronado Pointe remained under mandatory evacuation until further progress can be made, according to Laguna Niguel city officials.
The fire was reported at 2:44 p.m. Wednesday near the South Orange County Wastewater Authority’s Coastal Treatment Plant, embarking on a relentless wind- and terrain-driven march.