A devastating California fire was caused by a smoke machine at a gender-reveal party
- One of three major wildfires tearing through Califonia this weekend was caused by a gender reveal party.
- A "smoke generating pyrotechnic device" sparked the El Dorado Fire in Yucaipa, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) said.
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A fire that broke out in California and has so far burned almost 3,000 hectacres of woodland was caused by a gender-reveal party, authorities said.
On Saturday, a "smoke generating pyrotechnic device, used during a gender reveal party" sparked a fire in the El Dorado Ranch Park in Yucaipa, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) said in a statement on Sunday.
The fire has since spread north to Yucaipa Ridge, prompting evacuation orders to be enforced on Oak Glen, Yucaipa Ridge, Mountain Home Village, and Forest Falls.
"With the dry conditions and critical fire weather, it doesn't take much to start a wildfire. Those responsible for starting fires due to negligence or illegal activity can be held financially and criminally responsible," the statement said.
—CAL FIRE (@CAL_FIRE) September 7, 2020
As of Monday morning, only 5% of which has been contained, according to a tracker from CAL FIRE.
The fire is one of three currently raging across parts of the state. On Sunday, governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency for five counties.
The Creek Fire currently moving through the Sierra Nevada Mountains has burned 30,000 hectares since it began on Friday, according to CAL FIRE.
On Saturday, around 150 campers were trapped at the Mammoth Pool Reservoir in the National Park after the fire exploded in size. They were later airlifted to safety.
The Valley Fire that began on Saturday in San Diego County has so far burned 4,000 hectacres, CAL FIRE said.
The fires are the latest in a succession of blazes that have hit California in August and September. Eight people have died and around 3,300 buildings have been razed, Reuters reported.
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