A Gender Reveal Party Is To Blame For A Devastating Wildfire In California

The El Dorado fire has burnt through more than 7,000 hectares

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A gender reveal party gone-wrong is to blame for a massive bushfire that has destroyed more than 7,000 hectares in California.

A state of emergency has been declared for several counties due to the El Dorado fire, which the local fire department said was started by “a smoke generating pyrotechnic device, used during a gender reveal party”.

The fire was lit just before 10.30am on Saturday (local time) in the El Dorado Ranch Park in Yucaipa, and within hours around 3,000 residents had to be evacuated.

Yucaipa is located about 115km east of Los Angeles.

Fire crews in California have faced more than 900 new wildfires since August 15, burning more than 1.6 million acres. Eight people have died and nearly 3,300 structures have been destroyed.

On Sunday Los Angeles recorded its highest temperature since record-keeping began, hitting 49.5°C.

Californian residents have shared horrifying images of the smoke, which will no doubt trigger some memories for Australians who were on the front lines of our own bushfire disaster less than a year ago.

Given the seriousness of the situation in California at the moment the idea of bringing a pyrotechnic device into a national seems is a mind blowing idea — the fact that it was bought in for a gender reveal party makes the whole thing even more ridiculous.

A gender reveal party, of course, is a party that expectant parents throw to reveal the gender of their unborn child, so that people know what kind of social constructs to impose upon the child before they’re even alive. These parties also have a history of going wrong.

This also happens to be at least the second gender reveal party to spark a wildfire in the US in the last three years.

Feature Image: Twitter/ @YucaipaPA