New California Fire Started by ‘Smoke Generating Pyrotechnic Device, Used During a Gender Reveal Party’

by Matthew Wilson
New California Fire Started by a Gender Reveal Party

A gender reveal party caused a blaze in California. A “smoke generating pyrotechnic device” ignited the large El Dorado fire. So far, the fire has burned through more than 7,000 acres and caused 3,000 residents to evacuate.

Firefighters have only managed to contain five percent of the fire, according to Fox News.

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“CAL FIRE reminds the public that with the dry conditions and critical fire weather, it doesn’t take much to start a wildfire,” a Cal Fire San Bernardino Unit statement said. “Those responsible for starting fires due to negligence or illegal activity can be held financially and criminally responsible.”

The fire started due to a gender reveal party on Sept. 5.

The fire started on the morning of Sept. 5, in the El Dorado Ranch Park in Yucaipa. The park is located about 75 miles east of Los Angeles. The fire spread northward into the Mountain Home Village and Forest Falls communities.

“It burned in four different directions since we’ve been here,” Ben Holmes told CBS. Holmes is a U.S. Forest Service senior firefighter on the Arroyo Grande Hotshots team. “It was pushing to the east, then to the north, and then big westwardly wind shift, and (Sunday) it moved to the south. The wind has been pretty dramatically inconsistent.”

Since August 15, firefighters in the state have battled hundreds of fires. This includes two of the largest in the state’s history. East of San Jose, the SCU Lightning Complex Fire covers 363,000 acres. Meanwhile in the northern Bay Area, the LNU Lightning Complex Fire covers 352,900 acres, according to CNN

Many of the firefighters have been operating on 24-hour shifts. Due to the fires, Big Basin Redwoods State Park, the oldest in California, is now damaged to the point of no return. The park is too dangerous for visitors due to the recent string of fires.  Some anxious residents in California have resorted to buying their own firetrucks.

Reports did not reveal the gender of the baby.

[H/T: Fox News]

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