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Cranston Fire in Idyllwild at 13,139 acres, 96% contained, some evacuations lifted

CAL FIRE, Riverside County Fire, and San Bernardino National Forest crews are currently battling the blaze.

Last updated: Friday, August 3, 2018 at 8:30 AM

Acres burned: 13,139
Containment: 96%
Location: East of Cranston Fire Station
Start date: July 25, 2018 11:57 a.m.
Evacuations: 0 structures threatened, 0 residents

Road Closures

Hwy 243 and Hwy 74 re-opened Friday with limitation. Get details here.

IDYLLWILD (NEWS 8 / AP) — A fire burning in the Riverside County community of Idyllwild forced evacuations Wednesday and Thursday. Authorities said they believed the fire was set intentionally and one person was detained Wednesday.

Brandon N. McGlover, 32, of Temecula was booked on suspicion of setting five fires, including a blaze threatening an estimated 5,000 structures in the San Jacinto Mountains east of Los Angeles, state fire officials said.

It wasn't immediately clear whether McGlover had an attorney.

Brandon N. McGlover

Photo Courtesy of Timothy Franzese via Public Safety Incidents

Brandon N. McGlover

Photo Courtesy of Timothy Franzese via Public Safety Incidents

Authorities ordered residents to leave Idyllwild, home to about 12,000 people, and surrounding forest communities in the San Jacinto Mountains east of Los Angeles. Multiple homes burned as crews used aircraft to attack the flames that quickly burned 11,000 acres of dry brush and timber in inaccessible terrain. 

No injuries were reported but dozens of horses and other animals and several hundred people, including children from summer camps, went to shelters.

The wildfire dubbed the Cranston Fire broke out off Highway 74 and Control Road east of Hemet just before noon on Wednesday. 

Riverside County proclaimed a local emergency and the South Coast Air Quality Management District issued a smoke advisory because of the Cranston Fire

Total Resources Assigned: 1393 personnel

  •  71 Engines
  •  12 Crews
  •  9 Dozers
  •  5 Water Tenders
  •  5 Tankers
  •  7 Helicopters
  •  9 Fixed Wings

KCBS's chopper captures the roaring flames of the Cranston Fire just after 5 p.m. Wednesday