Firefighter dies battling blaze, another fire burns homes

Correction California Wildfires
CORRECTS COUNTY TO MADERA COUNTY INSTEAD OF MARIPOSA COUNTY - A firefighter battles the Creek Fire as it threatens homes in the Cascadel Woods neighborhood of Madera County, Calif., on Monday, Sept. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

JUNIPER HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The death of a firefighter on the lines of a wildfire east of Los Angeles is under investigation as another blaze to the north burned homes in a small community on the edge of the Mojave Desert.

The U.S. Forest Service says the death occurred Thursday in San Bernardino National Forest as crews battled the El Dorado Fire, which was sparked by a smoke-generating pyrotechnic device used for a gender reveal party.

Elsewhere, the wind-driven Bobcat Fire is threatening semi-rural communities in northern Los Angeles County. The blaze burned all the way across the San Gabriel Mountains to the desert.

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