A family’s gender reveal celebrations has caused a horrific wildfire in California, having scorched over 7,000 acres of land within the space of two days.
A wildfire has ignited in California after the use of a “pyrotechnic device” at a gender reveal celebrations, claims officials.
Due to the brush fire, hundreds of people have been forced to leave their homes, whilst firefighters have been struggling to keep the flames from reaching homes.
The wildfire was sparked on Saturday morning by a family who was heading out to El Dorado Ranch Park for a series of gender reveal photos.
Captain Bennet Milloy from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or CAL Fire, told BuzzFeed News that the reveal had originally meant to be done with a “pyrotechnic device” but it triggered a fire that quickly spread north from the park and towards Yucaipa Ridge.
Although it is not currently clear what kind of device was being used, Milloy said that it was intended to have emitted a coloured smoke or set off fireworks to reveal the baby’s gender.
Milloy said that one of the family members unsuccessfully attempted to put out the fire.
However, the family has been cooperating with fire investigators and officials are looking to obtain surveillance videos from the park and see when the fire started.
Currently, no arrests have been made.
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As of Monday morning, the El Dorado fire has burned approximately 7,386 acres and is only 7 per cent contained. Authorities have confirmed that at least one structure has been destroyed as a result of the wildfire. Yet the fire is continuing to push in several directions, including south towards the city of Yucaipa, which has prompted evacuations.
According to Milloy, the fire officials have been unable to gather a damage assessment of the area yet.
This is not the first occasion that a gender reveal celebration has gotten out of hand and has caused a large brush fire.
In April 2017, a Border Patrol agent ignited an enormous wildlife which burned through 47,000 acres of Arizona grasslands. It took over two weeks to extinguish and resulted in more than $8 million worth of damage.
The agent pleaded guilty to accidentally starting the fire, and as a part of the plea agreement, agreed to pay out $220,000 in restitution.
Milloy said it is so far unclear what, if any, charges will be made in regards to El Dorado fire. It will depend on the damage assessment of the fire and how it is contained.
A report will be submitted to the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office to see whether or not charges should be made.
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