'Inventor' Of Gender Reveal Parties Says 'Stop' After California Wildfire
The woman who 'invented' the gender reveal party has urged people 'to stop' after a devastating wildfire ripped through California.
More than 7,000 acres of land have been destroyed since the fire broke out at El Dorado Ranch Park in Yucaipa at 10.23am on Saturday (5 September) during a party.
The hosts are said to have used a pyrotechnic device to set off an explosion of colourful - blue or pink - confetti to reveal the gender of a baby, which caused the blaze.
The fire was then worsened by a record-breaking heatwave that has engulfed the state.
After hearing that the destructive blaze began during a gender reveal party, Jenna Karvunidis, who is said to have started the trend for these kinds of gatherings, blasted the people responsible.
In a post to her Facebook page High Gloss and Sauce, the blogger said: "Oh my god NO.
"The fire that evacuated parts of California is from a GENDER REVEAL PARTY.
"Stop it. Stop having these stupid parties. For the love of God, stop burning things down to tell everyone about your kid's penis. No one cares but you.
"It was 116 degrees in Pasadena yesterday and this tool thought it would be smart to light a fire about his kid's d*ck. Toxic masculinity is men thinking they need to explode something because simply enjoying a baby party is for sissies.
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"Oh, and of course I'm getting hate messages. Excuse me for having a cake for my family in 2008. Just because I'm the gEnDeR rEvEaL iNVeNtoR doesn't mean I think people should burn down their communities."
As of last night, upwards of 500 firefighters from 10 fire crews were working to put the fire out.
Bennet Milloy, a spokesman for California Department of Forestry and Fire (Cal Fire), told The Daily Mail that the people hosting the party were still present when the firefighters arrived.
"We know how it started because they were still there," he said. "That, and the fact that there were surveillance cameras in the park."
It is one of 24 fires across the state that over 14,000 firefighters are currently battling.
The largest of all, officials have said, is the Creek Fire, which has burned through more than 78,000 acres of land since last Friday (4 September).
In total, more than two million acres have been ravaged by wildfires which, to put that into context, is larger than the entire state of Delaware.
As well as trying to get the fires under control, emergency workers have had the added pressure of having to pull people out of of the flames, with more than 200 hikers airlifted out of the popular Mammoth Pool Reservoir on Saturday (5 September).
For more information, visit Cal Fire's website here.
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