SAN BERNARDINO, CA – The large El Dorado wildfire burning in California has been traced back to a pyrotechnic device used during a gender reveal party in San Bernardino according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. “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.
— Yucaipa Police (@YucaipaPD) September 6, 2020
“CAL FIRE reminds the public that with the dry conditions and critical fire weather, it doesn’t take much to start a wildfire. Those responsible for starting fires due to negligence or illegal activity can be held financially and criminally responsible,” the agency said today. As of Sunday, the fire was only 5% contained.
Photo by San Bernardino National Forest.