Couple charged in California fire sparked by gender reveal

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San Bernardino National Forest firefighter David Cruz lowers his head during a memorial for Charles Morton, the U.S. Forest Service firefighter who was killed in the line of duty on the El Dorado Fire.

Terry Pierson, Orange County Register Associated Press

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — A couple whose gender reveal ceremony sparked a Southern California wildfire that killed a firefighter last year have been charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Refugio Manuel Jimenez Jr. and Angela Renee Jimenez pleaded not guilty Monday to charges involving the El Dorado Fire, San Bernardino County District Attorney Jason Anderson announced at a news conference.

The charges included one felony count of involuntary manslaughter, along with other felony and misdemeanor counts related to the fire.

The El Dorado Fire erupted on Sept. 5 when the couple and their young children staged a baby gender reveal at El Dorado Ranch Park in Yucaipa, at the foot of the San Bernardino Mountains.

A smoke-generating pyrotechnic device was set off in a field and quickly ignited dry grass on a scorching day. The

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