Smoke Bomb gender reveal Sparked
The EL DORAD
San Bernardino County
of the District Attorney Jason Anderson ___
Bernardino, CA ___ July 19, 2021, the Criminal Grand Jury returned a True Bill
against Refugio Manuel Jimenez, Jr. and Angelina Renee Jimenez for conduct that
caused the El Dorado Fire in September 2020.
to the Grand Jury findings, an indictment has been filed against Mr. and Mrs.
Jimenez for the following charges: one felony count of involuntary
manslaughter, three felony counts of recklessly causing a fire with great
bodily injury, four felony counts of recklessly causing a fire to
inhabited structures, and twenty-two misdemeanor counts of recklessly
causing a fire to property of another.
July 19th, the indictment was unsealed, the defendants were
arraigned, entered pleas of not guilty and will return to court on July 15, 2021.
Although the District Attorney’s Office requested $50,000 bail for each
defendant, the Court released them on their own recognizance.
September 5, 2020, Mr. and Mrs. Jimenez used a smoke bomb to reveal the gender
of their pregnancy at the El Dorado Park in the City of Yucaipa,
California, which sparked a brush fire that in turn became known as the El
El Dorado Fire burned through 22k acres, resulting in the death of US. Forest
Service Wildland Firefighter Charles Morton; injured two additional
firefighters, loss or damage of residential buildings, and displaced several
local communities and residents across San Bernardino and Riverside counties. I
would like to extend my condolences to the family and loved ones of U.S.
Firefighter Charles Morton.
less than 6 agencies were involved in containing, extinguishing, and
investigating the El Dorado Fire. I would like to personally thank the
United States Forest Service, Cal Fire, the San Bernardino County Fire Department,
the San Bernardino County Sheriff /Homicide Division and the City of Yucaipa,
for their investigative efforts in this case.
would also like to thank Supervising DDA Jill Gregory and Major Crimes DDA Lisa
Crane for presenting this case to the Grand Jury.