El Dorado Fire Brings Us More Heat

El Dorado Fire Brings Us More Heat

Lilus M., Staff Writer

     Lately, it’s been super hot. Most of our days were literally made up of sweat due to the temperatures that reached over 100 degrees. If you were to take one small step outside, your toes would melt, right? It’s just been too blazing hot. I used to mean “blazing hot” in a figurative way a few days ago, but when I say, “Ever since El Dorado Fire, it’s been blazing hot,” I mean it in a literal way. The heat just had to get worse, didn’t it?!

     What was the cause of this blazing fire? A gender reveal party. How in the world… Anyway, at 10:30 a.m on Saturday, September 5 at El Dorado Ranch Park in Yucaipa, CA, the first few flames sparked. This was where the gender reveal party was held. The fire first started due to a type of smoke machine, which was used for the gender reveal. The smoke then ignited a fire into the dry grass. A few moments later, the fire roared to life.

     Do you remember that a couple of weekends ago, the sky just for some reason turned ORANGE? Yep, that was El Dorado Fire. Did you wake up at three in the morning to the smell of polluted air, or smoke? Yep, that was El Dorado Fire. Again, things just had to get worse during the heat.  

     El Dorado Fire has been active for the past twelve days now, and it has burned more than 21,000 acres. That sure seems like a lot. Firefighters and others are doing their best to contain it as fast as possible, especially when so many people are at home. It’s been very hard, though, due to the hot weather and dry land, which serves as the best possible fuel for the blazing fire. People are currently evacuating, and the fire is still roaring to life. 

     If you live in an area where you can smell a bit of the smoke, or where the air quality is bad, it’s best to shut your windows to prevent the polluted air from entering your house. It is also best that you don’t go outside as much.     

     As of today, the containment of the fire is about 66%, but it’s still burning, and nobody knows what’ll happen next. Luckily, things seem to have calmed down a bit.The best thing to do is to stay in your house in your sweatpants, hugging your pet cat or dog for dear life.