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Massive California Fire Has Consumed Nearly 10,000 acres


California fire is spreading and unrest battles of fire fighters are in scene. The fire has consumed to nearly 10,000 acres since Saturday. More than 75 large wildfires are burning across the United States, with California hit hardest.

 The massive fire was caused by a smoke-generating pyrotechnic device used during a gender reveal party Saturday morning, according to a California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection press release. The devices are sometimes used to release blue or pink smoke to announce the gender of an expected baby.

The fire at Yucaipa was one of 22 major fires burning in the state. California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in five counties on Sunday, including in San Bernardino County due to the El Dorado blaze.

The state of emergency applies to Fresno, Madera and Mariposa counties where the Creek Fire is burning and San Bernardino and San Diego counties where the El Dorado Fire and Valley Fire, respectively, are raging, a statement from the state's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) said Sunday night.

The El Dorado Fire in Southern California's San Bernardino County has scorched 9,671 acres and was only 7% contained as of late Monday night, according to fire officials, who say it's "one of the most dangerous fires" they've seen in the area.

Fire fighters are batteling the fire in amid intolerable heat waves. Many departed from their dwells in the threatening fire and more evacuation order is in place.

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

No injuries have been reported and no structures have been damaged in the blaze, Cal Fire spokeswoman Cathey Mattingly said.

Firefighters made good progress on the fire Monday, as there was no major wind event, according to a news release from the San Bernardino National Forest.

"The hard work of crews on the ground, dozers and aircraft have enabled a lot of great work to be accomplished as fire lines continue to be constructed around the fire in preparation for the upcoming Red Flag Santa Ana Wind event starting at noon tomorrow and lasting through Wednesday," they added.

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