It's perhaps time for expectant parents of a certain ilk to understand that not everyone at the local fire department cares about the gender of your coming bundle of joy. In the latest gender reveal party gone horribly, horribly wrong, Cal Fire—which is more than a little busy these days—says in a press release that a "smoke generating pyrotechnic device" at such a party started the El Dorado Fire, which had burned through 7,000 acres as of Monday morning. More than 500 firefighters have been deployed, reports CNN. Related coverage:
- Warning: Cal Fire reminds people that with the critically hot, dry conditions, "those responsible for starting fires due to negligence or illegal activity can be held financially and criminally responsible." For example, this guy's gender reveal party burned through 47,000 acres, cost $8 million, and got him fined $220,000.
- Farmers: In rural areas of northern California, farmers are largely being left to fight wildfires on their own, reports Modern Farmer. Fire crews are tapped out and being required to respond to more heavily populated areas. Not helping: An estimated 14,000 lightning strikes since mid-August, say fire and farming officials.