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Firefighters continue to battle El Dorado Fire, caused by gender reveal party smoke device

Cal Fire Law Enforcement has determined the El Dorado Fire, burning in the San Bernardino National Forest, was caused by a smoke generating pyrotechnic device, used during a gender reveal party at a park in Yucaipa.

On Sunday firefighters continued to battle intense flames, after the size of the blaze more than doubled in size. Extreme weather created challenges as crews worked to control the fire, which covered 7,050 acres as of Sunday night.

The El Dorado fire erupted at 10:20 a.m. Saturday at El Dorado Ranch Park. Within hours evacuation orders were issued, forcing about 3,000 residents from their homes.

On Sunday the fire was 5 percent containment, with more than 600 personnel battling the flames.

The following areas remain under evacuation: Oak Glen, Hwy 38 Area of Mountain Home Village and Forest Falls, North Bench Yucaipa (All Resident north of Yucaipa Blvd, East of Bryant, and south of Hwy 38, and all residents North of Carter, west of Bryant, and South of Highway 38).

An evacuation warning remains in effect for North Bench Yucaipa (west of Jefferson Street north of Oak Glen Road, east of Bryant Street, south of the Yucaipa Ridge).

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