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Cranston Fire

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

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Cranston Fire Morning Update 07/30/2018

Cranston Fire Wildfire
News – 7/30/2018


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: 166

People Evacuated: 560

Size: 13,139acres

Containment: 57%

Expected Full Containment: 8/9/2018

Civilian Injuries: 0

Firefighter Injuries: 3

Civilian Fatalities: 0

Firefighter Fatalities: 0

Engines: 150 Water Tenders: 15 Helicopters: 10 Fixed-wing: 5 Crews: 30 Dozers: 11 Total Personnel: 1,546

Crews continue to focus on mopping up and securing the fire’s edge. Good work was done on the northeast portion of the fire where the biggest threat to the community persists. Containment line construction is nearing completion which will keep the fire from reaching the town of Idyllwild. The focus today continues to be efforts to secure and hold the line. Crews are mopping up along the fire’s edge to prevent escape. Southern California Edison crews continue efforts to restore power. Repair of the impacts from fire suppression operations has begun. This includes efforts to reduce erosion and mitigate impacts to natural resources.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Office has permitted the repopulation of the Pine Cove, Fern Valley, Cedar Glen, and portions of Idyllwild outside of the fire perimeter. The portions of Garner Valley south of Morris Ranch Road were repopulated Saturday. Full access to Garner Valley south of Morris Ranch Road has been restored.

The Riverside County Fire Department in cooperation with CAL FIRE released initial damage inspections completed on the Cranston Fire. Damage Inspection Teams completed initial structure and infrastructure evaluations: a total of 12 buildings were destroyed and five others damaged.


A community meeting is scheduled for tonight, Monday evening July 30th at 7:00 pm, at the Idyllwild School located at 26700 Highway 243 Idyllwild, CA.

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. Per the American Red Cross, the shelter in Anza at Hamilton High School closed Sunday at 12:00 pm. They will continue to work with local officials to support residents through the community center.

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 Lower Saunders Meadow Road to Highway 74. 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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