California couple accused of involuntary manslaughter in gender-reveal ignition of El Dorado fire

Two people have been indicted on multiple charges, including involuntary manslaughter, in connection with a pyrotechnic gender-reveal photo shoot that went awry and sparked last year’s deadly 22,680-acre El Dorado wildfire in San Bernardino County, the county’s top prosecutor said Tuesday.

District Attorney Jason Anderson announced the charges at a news conference after the grand jury heard four days of testimony, listened to 34 witnesses and reviewed 434 exhibits before returning 30 counts against the couple. The indictment was unsealed Tuesday.

While the California is catching up with the need to prepare for worsening wildfire seasons, much remains to be done, state officials said Wednesday, May 19, 2021. ABove, firefighters watch from a hill as the El Dorado Fire burns in heavy timber near Jenks Lake Road W off of Highway 38 north of Angelus Oaks Thursday Sept. 17, 2020. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

A firefighter works the El Dorado fire near the intersection of Hwy. 38 and Valley of the Falls Drive just west of Forest Falls Wednesday evening, Sept. 9, 2020. (File photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Firefighters work to save homes in Forest Falls from the El Dorado fire on Sept. 9, 2020. A pyrotechnic gender-reveal device started the blaze, officials have said. The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office was still weighing whether to file charges as of April 27, 2021. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

The El Dorado Fire is reflected in the glasses of an Arroyo Grande Hotshots firefighter as he watches a back fire burn at Carter Street and Bears Den Ranch Road in Yucaipa on Sunday, September 6, 2020.

Charles Morton’s fiancee, Monica Tapia, carries his wooden urn as she is escorted by Vicki Christiansen, chief of the U.S. Forest Service, right, and family members as firefighters salute during a memorial for Charles Morton, the U.S. Forest Service firefighter assigned to the Big Bear Hotshots who was killed in the line of duty Sept. 17, on the El Dorado Fire in the San Bernardino National Forest at The Rock Church in San Bernardino on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. (File photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

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Paul Kahler, Fountain Valley fire engineer, examines a melted light post where a work room structure was destroyed by the El Dorado wildfire above Yucaipa on Monday, Sept. 7, 2020. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

Mountain Home residents Suzie Preston (left) holds her hand over her heart while her husband Jim watches the procession as the body of a firefighter is escorted by U.S Forest Service personnel and law enforcement down Highway 38 through the mountain community Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

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Refugio Manuel Jimenez Jr. and Angelina Renee Jimenez, the couple accused of being behind the gender-reveal event that involved a pyrotechnic device, were charged with one count of involuntary manslaughter, three felony counts of recklessly causing …read more

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