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An explosion at a gender reveal party started a fire in the state of California that has spread to almost 3,000 square metres.

According to a statement released by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the fire began at 10:23 AM on Saturday morning in the El Dorado Ranch Park before spreading north.

It is believed that a smoke generating pyrotechnic device used during a gender reveal party exploded. Gender reveal parties have become popular among expected parents as a way of showing whether they are expecting a boy or a girl.

Over the last month, the state of California has been hit with various wildfires that has led to thousands of people having to leave their houses in order to survive.

The dry air and winds haven't been helping at all. The state is currently in the middle of another heatwave, with temperatures reaching almost 50 degrees Celsius in Los Angeles last week – the city's highest-ever temperature, reports the BBC.

"With the dry conditions and critical fire weather, it doesn't take much to start a wildfire. Those responsible for starting fires due to negligence or illegal activity can be held financially and criminally responsible," the statement read.

Watch the KGET News video below for visuals on the devastating fire.

Image credits: BBC and CNN

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