California in flames: American state on alert for fires [PHOTOS]

It is not the first time that an event of this type is provoked by a party to reveal the gender of babies. In 2017, a similar event reached 19,000 hectares, causing damages of US $ 8 million.

A large fire turned the California sky orange. This was due to the use of pyrotechnics to find out the gender of a baby at a party. The flames reached a total of 40,000 hectares. The event began this Saturday in El Dorado County in San Bernardino.

“In my 30 years as a citizen of Yucaipa, I have never seen such a big fire,” Yucaipa Mayor David Avila said during a news conference Monday. “As a retired firefighter with 32 years of experience, I can assure you that I witnessed one of the most dangerous fires we can have in this area.”

So far no injuries or deaths have been registered and hundreds of people were evacuated and 200 have been rescued. Some citizens have registered different angles of the Dantesque fire:

Damaged structure in El Dorado.

 

Background

This would not be the first incident of its kind in the region. In 2017, a Border Patrol agent from the North American country fired a high-powered rifle at a target loaded with an explosive to reveal the gender of the family’s new baby. This started a fire in Arizona that reached 19,000 hectares and caused a loss of $ 8 million in damage.

This type of action can be sanctioned at the criminal level. In 2018, the police officer was found guilty of a misdemeanor and sentenced to 5 years of probation, in addition to paying civil damages of $ 8.2 million.

There are currently 76 major wildfires in the United States, according to the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), and California has been the worst-hit state. So far this year, just over 1.8 million hectares have been burned across the country, according to the NIFC.

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