The cause of the huge wildfire in El Dorado has now been revealed and it looks like there's going to be a hefty punishment...
Wildfires are one of Mother Nature's most deadly forces...
via: GettyAnd there is absolutely no stopping them from spreading their path of destruction.
These uncontrollable fires occur in areas with a hot climate...
via: GettySo they're very common in places such as Australia, Africa, South-East Asia, South America... and even here in the United States.
Even though a small percentage of wildfires are caused by human activity...
Take the Australian bushfires at the start of this year, for example.
via: GettyIgniting in December of 2019 and finally burning out in March of this year, Australia faced one of their most deadly summers in decades.
The fires were utterly devastating.
via: GettyThirty-four people in total lost their lives and more than 2,700 homes were completely destroyed by the flames.
Australia's wildlife numbers may never be the same ever again.estimated that approximately 8,000 koala bears perished in the bushfires alongside thousands of other animals and birds.
It was an utterly tragic time for Australia...
via: GettyAnd even though they're now healing thanks to the help of volunteers all around the world, the 2020 bushfires are something the country will never get over.
And now, just to make this terrible year even worse...
California has been absolutely ravished by wildfire for the past few weeks.
And it's showing little sign of slowing down.
Family member flying out of California this evening just sent along these photos from the flight. She said passenge… https://t.co/jF7aap3Pqu— Oliver Darcy (@Oliver Darcy)1599443672.0
The El Dorado Fire east of Los Angeles has burned more than 7,000 acres, at the time of writing.
via: Getty ImagesAnd has since prompted the evacuation of more than three-thousand residents.
More than six-hundred firefighters have been battling the blaze.
via: Getty ImagesAs of Sunday, the fire remained at 5 percent containment amid extreme weather conditions, in which temperatures soared to a record 121 degrees.
The fire is so huge that at can be seen from space.
And is one of twenty-two major fires burning in the state.
View of El Dorado Fire from my backyard🥴 https://t.co/i8W2BrGWw9— Jazmine (@Jazmine)1599359546.0
California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in 5 counties on Sunday.
Including in San Bernardino County due to the El Dorado blaze.
El Dorado Fire is now well established, going to be a long week https://t.co/WMN970nbtB— Ryan Vaccaro (@Ryan Vaccaro)1599331174.0
And now, law enforcement have managed to determine the cause of the fire.Officials say the devastating blaze was started by a smoke-generating pyrotechnic device.
These devices are often used at gender reveal parties to generate pink or blue smoke.
via: Getty ImagesIn a press release, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection announced the fire started just after 10:20 am in the El Dorado Ranch Park in Yucaipa.
They said the following:
“CAL Fire reminds the public that with the dry conditions and critical fire weather, it doesn’t take much to start a wildfire," the news release said.
California Wildfire Started During A Gender Reveal Party, Officials Say: The El Dorado Fire, which has burned more… https://t.co/NBFirm6YRE— #SaveAYear (@#SaveAYear)1599469592.0
The statement continued.
According to the Daily Mail, Bennet Milloy, spokesman for the department said those responsible were at the scene when the fire began.
"We know how it started because they were still there," he said. "That, and the fact that there were surveillance cameras in the park."
EXTREME Fire behavior on the #ElDoradoFire created a fire whirl. https://t.co/K3e9PeJ3Yx— SoCalFirePhoto (@SoCalFirePhoto)1599431257.0
The people involved could allegedly now face jail time and a huge fine.
The criminal charges could fall under "a variety of charges," he said - which would be more severe if homes were destroyed. The family could also be hit with violations of public resources codes and even arson, under California's penal code section 452. As per the Daily Mail, Arson convictions can result in a sentence of up to 9 years.
WATCH: Aerial footage shows the El Dorado Fire burning in Southern California. The blaze was started by a pyrotechn… https://t.co/KgPtKDqrrg— CBS News (@CBS News)1599472828.0
Make sure to stay posted for further updates...
via: GettyAnd keep on reading for more details about the unfortunate pilot who lost his life attempting to battle the blazes...