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In this Sept. 5, 2020, photo, a helicopter prepares to drop water at a wildfire in Yucaipa, Calif. A couple’s plan to reveal their baby’s gender at a party went up in smoke at El Rancho Dorado Park in Yucaipa when a pyrotechnical device they used sparked a wildfire that burned thousands of acres. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File)

What started as a couple’s celebration to reveal their baby’s gender spiraled into a months-long wildfire that burned over 22,000 acres and caused the death of one firefighter fighting the blaze, according to California authorities, who recently charged Refugio Manuel Jimenez Jr. and Angela Renee Jimenez with involuntary manslaughter.

San Bernardino County District Attorney Jason Anderson said in a press release that on September 5, 2020, the Jimenezes used a smoke bomb to reveal the gender of their pregnancy at the El Dorado Park in Yucaipa, Calif, which sparked a brush fire that became known as the El Dorado Fire.

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Heather A. Turner

Heather A. Turner is the managing editor of ALM's NU Property & Casualty Group. She can be reached at [email protected].

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