A California wildfire that has so far destroyed 7,050 acres 40 miles northeast of Palm Springs was started during a gender reveal party.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Safety announced on Sunday evening that a smoke-generating pyrotechnic device caused the fire.
The devices are sometimes used to release blue or pink smoke to announce the gender of an expected baby.
The fire started at 10:23 a.m. on Saturday, they said, and 527 people from 10 fire teams are currently trying to stop the progress of the fire.
It spread north from El Dorado Ranch Park to the Yucaipa Ridge. The ridge separates Mountain Home Village and Forest Falls from the town of Yucaipa.
The El Dorado wildfire that broke out on Saturday morning was started by a gender reveal party, it has been confirmed
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Sunday night a gender reveal party started the fire
The devastating fire moves up the slopes of the San Bernardino National Forest on Sunday
The fire spread quickly north, from where it started north at El Dorado Ranch Park, onto Yucaipa Ridge
The fire spread north from El Dorado Ranch Park to the Yucaipa Ridge and the San Bernardino National Forest
Evacuation orders have been issued for the parishes of Oak Glen, Yucaipa Ridge, Mountain Home Village and Forest Falls
No injuries were reported. An outbuilding was destroyed on Saturday, Desert Sun reported, but no further damage was reported until Sunday afternoon.
According to the newspaper, around 30 houses were at risk of fire.
Evacuation orders have been issued for the parishes of Oak Glen, Yucaipa Ridge, Mountain Home Village and Forest Falls.
An evacuation warning is now in force for the Yucaipa bank area, the fire department said.
Residents are told that they can evacuate to the Yucaipa Community Center as a temporary evacuation facility.
Firefighters use 60 fire engines and four helicopters to extinguish the fire with water.
“CAL FIRE reminds the public that given the dry conditions and critical fire weather, it doesn’t take much to start wildfire,” the press release said.
“Those responsible for starting a fire due to negligence or illegal activity can be held financially and criminally responsible.”
Satellite imagery on Saturday gave an impression of the extent of the El Dorado fire that was sparked by a gender unveiling party
The El Dorado fire blazed in the San Bernardino National Forest near Oak Glen and wiped out more than 7,000 acres
527 firefighters used helicopters, airplanes and more than 60 fire engines to contain the fire
A fire-fighting aircraft doused the area with specially formulated flame retardants that were supposed to stifle the sparks
Helicopters were also used to pour gallons of water on the fire to contain the flames
Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency when a series of forest fires devastated his state
Gavin Newsom, the governor of California, declared a state of emergency in five counties, including San Bernardino County, on Sunday due to the El Dorado fire, which continues to be “extremely active across the country due to dry vegetation, steep terrain and hot weather “Is region.
Officials are urging residents to heed evacuation warnings and travelers stay away from the fire area.
“We have to focus the firefighters we have on fighting fires, not managing people,” said the firefighter in a joint press release released on Sunday.
The El Dorado fire is currently burning two miles from where the Apple fire destroyed 33,000 acres last month.
Firefighters said it might help because the El Dorado fire could penetrate the ‘burn scar’ and go away.
The Apple Fire, which had been 95 percent contained for weeks, was ignited on July 31 by a diesel-powered vehicle that “emits burning carbon from the exhaust system,” investigators said.
Ambient temperatures are projected to be above 110 degrees near Yucaipa as Southern California is surrounded by a heat wave.
Temperatures peaked 122 degrees in Palm Springs on Saturday, and similar conditions were expected on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.
The fire department said 527 people were working to stop the fire, which benefited from tinder-dry conditions
Across California, firefighters are currently fighting 23 forest fires that have so far destroyed 1.6 million acres.
Nearly 15,000 firefighters worked to put out the flames and fight record temperatures in the state.