Cranston Fire in Idyllwild area grows to 12,300 acres on 3rd day; 16 percent contained

Saturday, July 28, 2018
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The Cranston Fire, in Riverside County's Idyllwild area, has grown to 12,300 acres on its third day of devastation amid hot, dry weather conditions.

IDYLLWILD, Calif. (KABC) -- The Cranston Fire, in Riverside County's Idyllwild area, has grown to 12,300 acres on its third day of devastation amid hot, dry weather conditions.

According to fire officials on Friday, approximately 6,000 people remain evacuated and 4,830 structures are threatened.

The containment on the blaze increased to 16 percent by Friday evening.

Cranston Fire map: Where Idyllwild brush fire is burning

Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency and ordered California's Office of Emergency Services to provide government assistance to Riverside County Thursday, and suspended a one-week waiting period for unemployment insurance benefits for those unemployed as a result of the Cranston Fire.

The blaze began about noon Wednesday as the result of arson, according to authorities. A Temecula man, 32-year-old Brandon N. McGlover, was later arrested and booked on five counts for allegedly igniting several fires in Riverside County. His bail was set at $1 million.

The Riverside County Sheriff's Department conducted evacuations in the following areas:

- Apple Canyon Area

- Cedar Glen

- Camp Scherman Girl Scout Camp

- Fern Valley

- Garner Valley

- Hurkey Creek Area

- Idyllwild

- Lake Hemet Area

- Mountain Center Community

- Mt San Jacinto State Park

- Pine Cove

An evacuation center has been setup at Banning High School (100 W. Westward Ave. Banning).

Some 1,000 firefighters were at the scene east of Hemet, where the brushfire was burning along Highway 74, fueled by timber, brush, and chaparral as high as 6 feet.

Two firefighters suffered unknown injuries.

The fire also caused power outages for about 4,000 people in Idyllwild, according to SoCal Edison on Thursday. The community was shrouded in smoke as firefighters were concerned the blaze could make it into the area.

The power outage affected businesses that remained open despite being under evacuation orders. One business owner went over his inventory and removed any items that had melted or gone bad because of the lack of electricity.

But by Friday afternoon, most customers in the Idyllwild area had their power restored, according to Edison. Many in the Anza area remained without power.

At Lake Hemet, the waterfront was empty of campers but helicopters and tankers populated the area, constantly gathering water to make drops on the blaze.

The emergency personnel represented a slew of agencies, including Cal Fire, the Riverside and Los Angeles County fire departments and the San Bernardino National Forest agency.

They were assisted by fire-retardant drops from air tankers and a decrease in wind conditions in the area on Friday.

Brown's declaration also applied to Shasta County, where the Carr Fire has burned more than 44,000 acres and has taken the life of a Redding firefighter and bulldozer operator.

Road Closures

HWY 74 from the City of Hemet to HWY 371 at Paradise Corner

HWY 243 from Banning to intersection of HWY 243 and HWY 74

Recreation Closures

Mt. San Jacinto State Park:

Desert View Trail

Little Round Valley Campground

Long Valley Trail

Mountain Station

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

Round Valley Campground

Round Valley Trail

San Jacinto Peak Trail

Strawberry Junction Campground

Tamarack Valley Campground

Wellmans Divide Trail

San Bernardino National Forest:

Black Mountain Group Campground

Boulder Basin Campground

Cedar Springs Trail 4EI7

Dark Canyon Campground

Deer Springs Campground

Deer Springs Trail to Suicide Rock 3E17 to 3E33

Devil's Slide Trail

Ernie Maxwell Scenic Trail 3E07

Fern Basin Campground

Fobes Trail 4E04

Fuller Ridge

Humber Park

Hurkey Creek Campground

Lake Fulmor Day Use Area

Lake Hemet Picnic Area

Little Round Valley Campground

Marion Mountain Campground

Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) N of State Highway 74

San Jacinto Wilderness

Seven Pines Trail 2E13

Skunk Cabbage Trail 3E42

South Ridge Trail 3E08

Spitler Peak Trail 3E22

Stone Creek Yellow Post Sites

Strawberry Creek

Tahquitz Peak Fire Lookout

Animal Shelters

Residents can call 951-358-7329 for direct assistance with moving animals.

- Large animals can be dropped off to Dysart Equestrian Park - 2101 W Victory Ave in Banning.

- Small Animals can also be dropped off at Dysart Equestrian Park - 2101 W. Victory Ave. in Banning. Animal Services will transfer them to the San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus.

- San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus at 581 S. Grand in San Jacinto is accepting all animals, both domestic and large animals.

- All animals (large and small) also accepted at San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus.

- Coachella Valley Animal Campus located at 72050 Pet Land Place in Thousand Palms is open for small animals only.