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The California couple who is reportedly responsible for the start of a wildfire have been charged with manslaughter.

The fire occurred in September of 2020.

According to the report, the couple set off a a smoke-generating pyrotechnic device at their party which malfunctioned and sparked the El Dorado Fire.

A 39-year-old firefighter was killed while battling the flames and 13 others were injured.

The fire also burned 22,680 acres of land and forced the evacuations of hundreds of people in the area.

The couple only identified as the Jiminez family plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter, recklessly causing a fire with great bodily injury and recklessly causing a fire to inhabited structures, along with misdemeanor counts of recklessly causing fire to property on Monday. The indictment was unsealed Tuesday.