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The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has determined that the El Dorado Fire, currently burning over 22,000 acres near Oak Glen in San Bernardino County, was caused by a smoke generating pyrotechnic device used in a gender reveal party.
According to the Cal Fire San Bernardino Unit, which shared the update via a press release posted to its official Instagram account, the incident first began at 10:23 a.m. on Sept. 5 in the El Dorado Ranch Park in Yucaipa and soon spread north from the park.
No charges have been filed, though Cal Fire warned in its press release, “Those responsible for starting fires due to negligence or illegal activity can be held financially and criminally responsible.”
As of Sept. 19, the fire was currently 59 percent contained, with over 600 firefighters from the San Bernardino County Fire department and others providing structure defense for impacted communities as they battle the blaze.
Yucaipa Police and local fire departments have ordered evacuations for the communities including Oak Glen and Yupaica Ridge, with a Red Cross reception center set up at Yupaica Community Center.
California is experiencing an extreme heatwave, with Gov. Gavin Newsom sharing warnings via his Twitter account of areas where there is high fire danger and how residents can be fully prepared.
A red flag warning was in effect throughout the state until Wednesday, due to gusty winds and low humidity.
Sept. 7, 11:43 a.m.: Updated with acres currently burning.
Sept. 12, 8:13 p.m.: Updated with acres burning and containment.
Sept. 19, 9:50 a.m.: Updated with acres burning.
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