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Cranston Fire

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

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Cranston Fire Morning Update 07/29/2018

Cranston Fire Wildfire
News – 7/29/2018


Incident Start Date: 7/25/2018

Incident Start Time: 11:41 a.m.

Incident Type: Vegetation Fire

Cause: Arson

Unified Command Agencies: U.S. Forest Service, CALFIRE-Riverside Unit, Idyllwild Fire Protection District, Riverside County Fire and Riverside County Sheriff

Incident Location: Near the community of Idyllwild

Structures threatened: 4,927

People Evacuated: 6,177

Size: 13,130acres

Containment: 29%

Expected Full Containment: 8/9/2018

Civilian Injuries: 0

Firefighter Injuries: 2

Civilian Fatalities: 0

Firefighter Fatalities: 0

Engines: 239 Water Tenders: 15 Helicopters: 10 Fixed-wing: 3 Crews: 29 Dozers: 12 Total Personnel: 1,742

Substantial progress was made on the fire yesterday. The priority remains the northeast portion of the fire. Crews and aircraft continue efforts to keep the fire from reaching the southern and eastern parts of Idyllwild. Concerns remain on the northeast portion of the fire along South Ridge where the fire threatened to back through retardant lines above the town of Idyllwild. The focus today will be on these areas where crews will continue to secure and hold the line. Crews continue to mop up along the fire’s edge to prevent escape. Caltrans worked hard to remove hazardous trees along the roads. Southern California Edison crews are working to restore power.

The Riverside County Emergency Management Department (EMD) is reporting that the repopulation of the Pine Cove, Fern Valley, Cedar Glen, and portions of Idyllwild outside of the fire perimeter took place this morning. This morning, persons with proof of residency will be permitted through the fire closure checkpoint on Highway 243 to access the Idyllwild/Pine Cove area. Repopulation of the area is being done in a methodical process to ensure the safety of the residents and responders on the incident. The portions of Garner Valley south of Morris Ranch Road were repopulated last night. Full access to Garner Valley south of Morris Ranch Road has been restored.

San Bernardino National Forest closure: For information on the closure go to:

San Jacinto Mountains State Park closures:
Due to the Cranston Fire, the Idyllwild Campground, Stone Creek Campground, all wilderness campgrounds and hiking are closed until further notice.

Evacuation Center: Banning High School 100 W. Westward Ave Banning, CA

Hamilton High School 57430 Mitchell Road Anza, CA

Animal Evacuation Centers: San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus 581 S. Grand Ave San Jacinto, CA. Residents needing animal evacuation assistance call Riverside County Animal Services at (951) 358-7350.

Road Closures:
Highway 243 is closed from Marion View to Highway 74 (Residents with ID can enter at Marion View from the Banning side). Highway 74 is closed between Borco Street in Hemet and Morris Ranch Road in Garner Valley.

Mandatory Evacuations: Mountain Center, Hurkey Creek, San Jacinto Mountain State Park, and Garner Valley north of Morris Ranch Road under a mandatory evacuation.

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