California fire ignited by “gender revealing fireworks”

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LOS ANGELES, USA – Fireworks at a gender reveal party sparked a wildfire in Southern California that destroyed 2,800 acres and forced many residents to flee their homes, said Sunday firefighters. More than 500 firefighters and four helicopters were battling the El Dorado blaze east of San Bernardino, which began Saturday morning, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said.

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

“CAL FIRE law enforcement has determined that the El Dorado fire, burning near Oak Glen in San Bernardino County, was caused by a smoke-generating pyrotechnic device used during a sex reveal party, ”Cal Fire said on Twitter.

“Those responsible for igniting fires through negligence or illegal activity can be held financially and criminally responsible,” he warned.

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

With 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 largest fires in l ‘State.

In northern California, more than 200 people had to be airlifted to safety over the weekend after a rapid wildfire trapped them near the Mammoth Pool Reservoir northeast of Fresno.

The stream fire, which started on steep and rugged terrain on Friday, has so far spread to 45,500 acres, according to the US Forest Service, making it one of the largest fires.

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

Record temperatures over the three-day Labor Day weekend exacerbated already dangerous fire conditions and further stressed exhausted California firefighters.

Temperatures reaching over 110 degrees Fahrenheit (43 C) were forecast for the Los Angeles area on Monday.

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