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Officials Declare Local State of Emergency Over Coastal Fire

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif.—Orange County officials have declared a local state of emergency after a fire destroyed more than 20 homes, injured one firefighter, and spread at least 200 acres in Aliso Canyon.
No containment percentage was available as of 12 p.m. Thursday.
“It’s been a long night for the people living in Laguna Niguel, and my thoughts and prayers go out to all the people who’ve been affected by this terrible fire,” Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett said during a May 12 press conference. “The fire has been devastating for many families … the [Orange County Board of Supervisors] agreed upon an urgency to proclaim a local state of emergency on behalf of the county.”

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