Stephen: Gender reveal party starts California wildfire

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A gender reveal party gone wrong resulted in a wildfire in California over the weekend. CNN reports a couple used a smoke-generating pyrotechnic device for the event at the El Dorado Ranch Park in Yucaipa on Saturday. Surveillance video from the party shows a person appearing to light the device as the couple and children walk into the grass. Shortly thereafter, the family can be seen scrambling and grabbing water bottles as the flames spread.

According to CalFire investigator Capt. Bennet Milloy, the park is a popular destination, but this time of year its dry brush makes easy tinder for wildfires. “It really is a tragedy, it’s sad. They were hoping to remember the day in a different way,” said Capt. Milloy, noting that over 80% of fires are caused by humans. “You need to be extra cautious because you could be liable.” The family and photographer are cooperating with fire investigators. As of Monday, the El Dorado Fire had grown to 8,600 acres with just 7 percent containment.

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