Fort McMurray gender reveal ignites wildfire

Fort McMurray Forest Protection Area on the afternoon of May 31, was ignited by a family that took to the woods to celebrate their soon-to-be new baby.

One person has been fined $600 after an explosive May 31st gender reveal party near Fort McMurray sparked a wildfire. The projectiles are often used for target shooting but have become a popular gimmick at gender reveal parties, where expectant parents use blasts of blue or pink to announce whether their baby will be a boy or girl. 

The fire was called in to 911 and crews arrived shortly after 1 p.m., Fairweather said. 

Local firefighters assisted 10 wildland firefighters in dousing the flames. By 2:40 p.m., the fire was fully extinguished.

This is the 3rd wildfire caused by exploding targets.

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