Gender-revealed party “fireworks” blamed for 7,000-acre wildfire in California

A firework started in a gender reveal party Wildfires in southern california The fire department said on Sunday that 7,000 acres had been devastated and many residents were forced to flee their homes. Cal Fire said more than 500 firefighters and four helicopters were battling the El Dorado explosion east of San Bernardino.

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A plume of El Dorado Fire smoke has been spotted on Saturday, September 5, 2020, from Interstate 10 in Loma Linda, California.

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

“The CAL FIRE Law Enforcement has determined the El Dorado Fire to burn near Oak Glen in San Bernardino County, it was caused by a smoke-revealing pyrotechnic device used during a sex revealing 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 revealing parties are held during pregnancy, to unveil the gender of the expected baby, with occasional pink or blue smoke fireworks announced.

CBS Los Angeles reports that the El Dorado Fire has forced the evacuation of 3,000 residents and burned more than 7,000 acres. It is only five percent contained.

“From the time we have come here, it burns in four different directions. It was moving eastward, then northward, and then westward with great winds, and (Sunday) it was going south. Moved. The wind has been very dramatically inconsistent., “Said Ben Holmes, an American Forest Service senior firefighter on the Arroyo Grande Hotshots team,

California is cooking under scorching conditions Temperature record reached 121 degrees The National Weather Service said Fahrenheit in Woodland Hills was an all-time high for Los Angeles County on Sunday.

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The Creek Fire burned in the Sierra National Forest on September 6, 2020 near Big Creek, California.

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With hot and dry conditions, California has faced a particularly busy fire season this year, destroying more than 1.6 million acres so far, including the three largest blazes in the state’s history.

In Northern California, rescue teams in military helicopters 207 people airlifted for safety Officials said an explosive wildfire over the weekend trapped him in a popular camping area in the Sierra National Forest in California. Dozens were packed into Chinooks, a photo posted by the California National Guard.

According to the US Forest Service, the creek fire that began on Friday in the steep and rugged area has so far spread over 73,000 acres, making it the largest.

More than 800 firefighters were battling the explosion.

Cal Fire said another rapidly spreading fire near San Diego, Valley Fire, has so far spread over 10,000 acres and destroyed 11 structures.

California Governor Gavin Newsome on Sunday declared a state of emergency for the five counties affected by the Creek, El Dorado and Valley fires.

The governor’s office said, “The fire burned tens of acres, destroyed homes and evacuated thousands of residents.”

Record temperatures over the three-day Labor Day weekend have exacerbated an already dangerous fire situation and stressed California firefighters.