California fires map – where is the El Dorado wildfire now? – The Sun
12th September 2020

A WILDFIRE which was caused by a firework at a gender reveal party in California El Dorado last week is continuing its deadly blaze.

Fire chiefs said the devastating blaze which has torched more than 13,000-acres of land in California was triggered by a "smoke-generating pyrotechnic device."



What has happened so far? 

The fire started at a party last Saturday morning in El Dorado Ranch Park in Yucaipa, about 70 miles east of Los Angeles.

Only 31% of the fire has been contained a week later.

Flames were visible from 40 miles away as the fire moved up steep slopes through dense vegetation.

Evacuations have been ordered in the area as homes have been threatened.

About 87 large wildfires are burning across the United States, with California hit hardest.

Did it start at a gender reveal party?

It's not the first time a gender reveal has started a fire.

In 2017, an off-duty US Border Patrol agent shot a high powered rifle at a target packed with an explosive as part of a gender reveal, igniting a fire in Arizona that grew to nearly 47,000 acres and caused more than $8 million in damage.

He pleaded guilty in 2018 to a misdemeanour and was sentenced to five years' probation and ordered to pay almost $8.2 million in restitution.

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