Hundreds airlifted from California wildfires during record-breaking heatwave

Fast-growing wildfire traps campers at reservoir in central California

Fast-growing wildfire traps campers at reservoir in central California

The El Dorado Fire has now metastasized into almost 7,500 acres as of Monday morning and containment is currently listed at 5%.

"Cal Fire Law Enforcement has determined the El Dorado Fire, burning near Oak Glen in San Bernardino County, was caused by a smoke generating pyrotechnic device, used during a gender reveal party", Cal Fire said on Twitter. According to the unit, the fire began before 10:30 am on Saturday morning, September 5th, during the aforementioned gender reveal celebration which was taking place at El Dorado Ranch Park in the city of Yucaipa.

Evacuees from the Creek Fire are receiving aid from the Central California Red Cross.

No charges have been announced in the blaze.

Crews are prohibiting access the Shaver Lake area.

Mandatory evacuation orders had been issued for the area, including campgrounds, but there was no safe evacuation route, according to KFSN.

The governor of California, Gavin Newsom, declared a state of emergency in five counties, saying the El Dorado Fire is "extremely active".

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Newsom said in a statement that tens of thousands of acres have already been burned by three wildfires.

The El Dorado Fire is just two miles away from where the Apple Fire spread over 33,000 acres last month - but fire officials say that it could actually be helpful.

"CAL FIRE reminds the public that with the dry conditions and critical fire weather, it doesn't take much to start a wildfire", the Department added.

A helicopter prepares to drop water at a wildfire in Yucaipa, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020. He said he's also secured emergency funds for Santa Clara, Stanislaus, Santa Cruz, San Mateo, Napa, Nevada, Lake, Solano, Yolo and Monterey counties.

A massive fire now making its way through Southern California has been traced to the gender reveal party fad.

Fire fighters continue to battle each of these wild fires amid the heat wave, which impacted most of Southern California over Labor Day weekend.

The out-of-control Big Creek fire near Fresno, California, is so powerful that the National Weather Service is scrambling to explain its terrifying impact on the atmosphere. Smoke from the fire spread throughout the region, filling nearby Yosemite National Park and coloring the sky an eerie orange.

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