A massive fire currently sweeping southern California has been attributed to the party fad. The expectant parents or other responsible persons could expect severe criminal penalties.
"The CAL FIRE Law Enforcement determined that the El Dorado fire that burns near Oak Glen in San Bernardino County was caused by a smoke-generating pyrotechnic device used during a gender unveiling party," the Golden said State Agency, which deals with fire investigations and fighting, issued a press release on Sunday.
According to the agency, the fire began late Saturday morning at El Dorado Ranch Park in Yucaipa, California.
The flame quickly spread northward out of the park and out onto Yucaipa Ridge, a sparsely trafficked wilderness area popular with the loneliest and most dedicated hikers.
However, a significant part of the moderate hike is now charred and shortened due to the pyrotechnic device used by the parents-to-be or anyone who is believed to be responsible for the gigantic fire.
The El Dorado fire metastasized to nearly 7,500 acres as of Monday morning and containment is currently at 5%.
Evacuation orders are currently in place for several communities in and near the fire route. Governor of California Gavin Newsom (D) has issued a declaration of emergency for the district of San Bernardino because of the still angry inferno.
#EldoradoFire evacuation order card. Red Cross Reception Center at Yucaipa Community Center. pic.twitter.com/OdEf4RFKEF
– Yucaipa Police (@YucaipaPD) September 7, 2020
There are currently around 500 firefighters tasked with fighting and controlling the El Dorado fire.
"Since we've been here, it's burned in four different directions." Ben Holmesa U.S. Forest Service firefighter told the local Los Angeles County CBS subsidiary. “It pushed east, then north, then west, and (Sunday) it moved south. The wind was quite dramatically inconsistent. "
In their press release, CAL FIRE stated that "given the dry conditions and critical fire weather, it doesn't take much to start wildfire".
"Those responsible for starting fires due to negligence or illegal activity can be held financially and criminally liable," the agency added.
Past fires in similar circumstances provide insight into the possible punishment.
37-year-old Border Patrol agent in 2017 Dennis Dickey An $ 8 million fire was started in Arizona by shooting a box of incendiary substance with a rifle.
The sawmill fire torched around 45,000 acres.
The video of the stunt was captured by the Arizona Daily Star's U.S. Forest Service and shows a blue cloud breaking out of a box before flames spread through the distinctly tinder-box-like brush surrounding it. Dickey, who pleaded guilty to starting the fire, was sentenced to pay fines and refunds of $ 220,000 and received five years probation.
The person (s) responsible for the California fire in question – one of nearly 1,000 this summer that caused multiple known deaths and rampant property damage – has yet to be identified by law enforcement agencies.
(Image via Screengrab / KABC-TV)
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