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Gender Reveal Party Caused El Dorado Fire in California

September 8, 2020, 04.07 PM

LOS ANGELES, – It was revealed Sunday that the El Dorado fire was caused by a gender reveal party gone wrong.

The southern California wildfire has destroyed 7,000 acres (2,800 hectares) and has sent many residents fleeing their homes, according to the fire department.

Attempts to put out the El Dorado fire have so far involved over 500 firefighters and four helicopters.

The blaze east on San Bernardino started on Saturday morning based on information from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire).

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Residents of several communities in the area have been ordered to evacuate.

"CAL FIRE Law Enforcement has determined the El Dorado Fire, burning near Oak Glen in San Bernardino County, was caused by a smoke generating pyrotechnic device, used during a gender reveal party," Cal Fire said on Twitter.

"Those responsible for starting fires due to negligence or illegal activity can be held financially and criminally responsible," it warned.

Gender reveal parties are held during pregnancy to unveil the sex of the expected child, sometimes announced by pink or blue smoke fireworks.

California has been baking under scorching conditions with temperatures reaching a record 121 degrees Fahrenheit (49 Celsius) on Sunday in Woodland Hills, an all-time high for Los Angeles County, the National Weather Service said.

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With the hot and dry conditions, California has suffered a particularly busy fire season this year, with more than 1.6 million acres destroyed so far, including in three of the biggest blazes in the state's history.

In northern California, more than 200 people were airlifted to safety over the weekend after a fast-moving wildfire trapped them near the Mammoth Pool Reservoir northeast of Fresno.

They were rescued by military helicopters, with dozens packed into a Chinook, a photograph posted by the California National Guard showed.

The Creek Fire, which started on Friday in steep and rugged terrain, has so far spread to 73,000 acres, according to the US Forest Service, making it one of the largest.


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