Firefighter Dies In Blaze Started By Gender Reveal Party


A firefighter has died battling the El Dorado Fire in Southern California, which officials say was started at a gender reveal party.

The U.S. Forest Service said a firefighter died Thursday in the San Bernardino National Forest while fighting the fire, but did not reveal any details until the family is notified.

CAL FIRE had previously reported that this fire was started on September 5 when a couple set off a smoke-generating pyrotechnic device in a field. The device was supposed to issue colored smoke as part of a gender reveal party, but quickly ignited dry grass.

CAL FIRE officials said high temperatures, low humidity, dry vegetation and a breeze were the perfect conditions to spark a wildfire.

The couple quickly called for help and told firefighters what had happened.

They could reportedly face manslaughter charges.

The fire has forced people to evacuate their homes in the town of Yucaipa and burned more than 19,000 acres.

This marks the 25th death in California this year because of wildfires.