On the West Coast of America, something truly frightening is happening.
California is ablaze in unprecedented ways, with a number of wildfires burning over an all-time record percentage of the state’s land mass. This unfathomable event comes to us weeks before the full brunt of what is normally “fire season” hits, when winds will pick up and even drier conditions come rolling in.
The latest addition to this mess comes to us courtesy of, believe it or not, a gender reveal party.
A “smoke-generating pyrotechnic device” used at the party sparked the El Dorado Fire in San Bernardino County, Cal Fire said in a press release.
The fire started Saturday at 10:23 a.m. PT (1:23 p.m. ET) at the El Dorado Ranch Park in Yucaipa and spread from the park north on to Yucaipa Ridge, according to the release.
The fire has since grown to 8,600 acres as of Monday and is just 7% contained, according to the San Bernardino National Forest.
Surveillance video from the party showed a couple with several children walking into the grass at the edge of the El Dorado Ranch Park in Yucaipa. Another person is seen in the video appearing to light the device. Soon after, the family can be seen on video scrambling and grabbing water bottles as the flames grow.
As of this writing, no charges have been pressed against the family.
Should someone be charged, California precedent would suggest that the person to physically and literally ignited the device would be the target.