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Cranston Fire

Unit Information

San Bernardino National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
602 South Tippecanoe Avenue San Bernardino California 92408
San Bernardino, CA 92408

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Location of Origin: Hwy 74 near Strawberry Creek Bridge
Start date: July 25, 2018, 11:41 am
Size: Approximately 13,139 acres
Percent Contained: 100 percent
Cause: Human-caused (arson)
Resources Assigned: 39 personnel
Fire Information number: 909-383-5688 (Recorded Message)
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A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team has begun an assessment of burned watersheds to identify post-wildfire threats to human life and safety, damage to property and infrastructure, and critical natural or cultural resources on National Forest System lands. This will provide a list of emergency stabilization measures to be taken before the first major rain storms. BAER maps and reports will be available online after the team has completed their assessments.

Highways: Please use caution, stay focused on driving and not looking at the burned area! Highway 243 is open to all traffic with no restrictions. Highway 74 will have pilot vehicle escorts between Lake Hemet and Mountain Center; and between Mountain Center and Valle Vista/Hemet. Do not pass other vehicles, and do not separate from the line of traffic, as this may cause additional delays. Motorists should expect up to 45 minute delays due to sign and guardrail replacement. To check current highway conditions, please go to or Twitter @Caltrans8 .

Reduced Forest Closure Order: The majority of popular hiking trails, campgrounds and forest roads on the San Jacinto District and Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument are open. Recreational sites that remain closed include the South Ridge Trail, the South Ridge Road, the May Valley trails system, and a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail. For more information, please view the Forest Closure Order, and the Forest Closure Order Map. Planning a trip to Idyllwild, be sure to visit the San Jacinto Ranger District recreation sites webpage.

San Jacinto Mountains State Park: All campgrounds and hiking trails are open.

Riverside County Parks: Idyllwild Regional Park and the Idyllwild Nature Center have re-opened and were unscathed by the recent fire. Hurkey Creek Park is scheduled to re-open on Friday August 10th. Please check for updates.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginWednesday July 25th, 2018 approx. 11:41 AM
LocationIdyllwild, Mountain Center, Highway 243 and Highway 74
Incident CommanderJason Escandel, U.S. Forest Service
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates33.72 latitude, -116.8 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel160
Size13,139 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

Timber, Brush (2 feet), and Chaparral (6 feet). Drought stressed chaparral and heavy dead and down.

Significant Events

Minimal Fire behavior, warming and drying is enabling more smoke production as smoldering increased across the fire.


Planned Actions

Continue to hold, and patrol all perimeter lines. Suppress all heat sources located within 200' of perimeter containment lines. Continue to identify suppression repair components and complete suppression repair.

Projected Incident Activity

Crews will continue to patrol and mop-up until full control is achieved.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Hot and very dry days with cool nights, and poor humidity recovery overnight. Some increase in humidity for Wednesday through Friday with chance for showers or thunderstorms in the afternoons and early evenings.