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Firefighter dies battling El Dorado fire started by smoke bomb, authorities say

A firefighter has died while battling the El Dorado fire, a blaze that has rolled through 19,000-plus acres and was apparently started by a smoke bomb ignited during a gender-reveal photo shoot in Yucaipa, U.S. Forest Service announced Friday morning.

The firefighter’s name was not immediately released, nor were details on how he died but authorities did say on Friday, Sept. 18, it happened on Thursday.

“Our deepest sympathies are with the family, friends and fellow firefighters during this time,” the San Bernardino National Forest posted on Twitter.

Authorities did not release the agency or position of the firefighter though said more details would be released.

On Thursday night, air crews began searching for a missing “hotshot” near Pinezanita, according to a SoCal Air Operations’ Twitter page. Hotshots are specially trained firefighters who often battle blazes in remote regions.

The fire has been burning in the San Bernardino National Forest since Sept. 5, when, authorities say, the pyrotechnic was set off at a Yucaipa park.

As of Thursday evening, the fire was at 19,098 acres and 66% contained. Containment is the percentage of the perimeter where the blaze has been stopped.

El Dorado’s footprint grew but remained largely outside of populated areas.The fire burned mostly along Highway 38 near Angelus Oaks, which was evacuated.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates. 

Source: Orange County Register

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