CAL FIRE

Gender-Reveal Party Sparks El Dorado Forest Fire

September 7. 2020

by: Staff Report

SAN BERNARDINO, CA. – CAL FIRE Law Enforcement has determined the El Dorado Fire, burning near Oak Glen in San Bernardino County, was caused by a smoke generating pyrotechnic device, used during a gender reveal party.

The fire began at 10:23 am on September 5, 2020, in the El Dorado Ranch Park in Yucaipa. The fire spread from the park to the north on to Yucaipa Ridge that separates Mountain Home Village and Forest Falls from the City of Yucaipa.

“CAL FIRE reminds the public that with the dry conditions and critical fire weather, it doesn’t take much to start a wildfire,” a Cal Fire San Bernardino Unit statement said. “Those responsible for starting fires due to negligence or illegal activity can be held financially and criminally responsible.”

SOURCE: San Bernardino National Forest Service

The fire is currently burning in San Bernardino County and has forced evacuations of 3,000 residents. Over 7,000 acres are currently burnt with only 5% of the fire contained.

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