You may have seen all the cute videos of baby gender reveal parties that have become so trendy recently. It usually involves the parents-to-be pulling off some small stunt that reveals either something pink, for a girl, or blue, for a boy. A popular example is the happy parents cutting into a cake with pink or blue frosting hidden inside or popping a balloon to release colorful confetti.
This couple in California decided to use a smoke generating pyrotechnic device to reveal the gender of their baby but instead ignited a fire that raged out of control.
The fire burning in San Bernardino has forced over 3,000 residents out of their homes and scorched more than 7,000 acres.
A Cal Fire San Bernardino Unit released a statement saying, "CAL FIRE reminds the public that with the dry conditions and critical fire weather, it doesn't take much to start a wildfire. Those responsible for starting fires due to negligence or illegal activity can be held financially and criminally responsible."
The fire, which is only 5% contained, started on the morning of September the 5th, about 75 miles east of Los Angeles, and has continued to burn on the north slope while moving toward the communities of Mountain Home Village and Forest Falls.
Ben Holmes is a U.S. Forest Service senior firefighter for the Arroyo Grande Hotshots team. He reported that the fire has moved in four different directions due to the shifting of winds.
"The wind has been pretty dramatically inconsistent," said Holmes.
Unfortunately, the weather is expected to remain dry and hot with winds around 5mph and gusts up to 10mph which, according to the San Bernardino National Forest, will "result in continued active fire behavior throughout the night."
When the public learned what caused the raging fire they became outraged and took to social media to express their anger.
One user on Instagram wrote, "God, this makes me so angry."
"You HAVE to be kidding," someone added on Twitter. "How do people think this is a good time for something like that?"
This fire is just one of the 23 that have already destroyed more than 2,343 square miles even with nearly 15,000 firefighters battling the blaze which, along with a record-breaking temperature of 121 degrees, has put a strain on the electrical grid and threatens power outages for millions.
Since August 15th, California has seen 900 wildfires many of which are caused by intense lightning strikes. There are at least 8 reported deaths attributed to the fires and over 3,000 structures have been destroyed.