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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 07/31/2018

Cranston Fire Wildfire
News – 7/31/2018


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 and Riverside County Sheriff

Incident Location: Near the community of Idyllwild

Structures threatened: 166

People Evacuated: 562

Size: 13,139acres

Containment: 82%

Expected Full Containment: 8/9/2018

Civilian Injuries: 0

Firefighter Injuries: 3

Civilian Fatalities: 0

Firefighter Fatalities: 0

Engines: 107 Water Tenders: 11 Helicopters: 7 Crews: 27 Dozers: 8 Total Personnel: 1,257

Crews spent another day in Division H on the northeast portion of the fire holding and reinforcing containment lines. Division H presented the most significant threat to the community. Much of the focus today will be mopping up along the fire’s edge to prevent an escape. Repair of the impacts from suppression activities continues over much of the fire. Southern California Edison crews continued to install new poles yesterday in efforts to restore power. Approximately 300 hazard trees have been removed along the roadway and powerlines. A community meeting was held in Idyllwild last night with nearly 400 residents in attendance.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Office has lifted the evacuation of Pine Cove, Fern Valley, Cedar Glen, and portions of Idyllwild outside of the fire perimeter. Full access to these areas as well as 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, Tuesday evening July 31th at 7:00 pm, at the Anza Community Center located at 56630 Cahuilla Road/Highway 371 in Anza.

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, and all wilderness campgrounds and hiking are closed until further notice. However, the Palm Springs Tramway and the Long Valley hiking trails reopened yesterday, according to the Tramway.

Evacuation Center: The evacuation center at Banning High School closed yesterday at noon. Per the Emergency Management Department, the shelter in Anza at Hamilton High School is still providing relief for those that need it. The school is available 24 hours a day. The Anza Community Center is open between 7:00 am and 10:00 pm for ice, water, snacks, and refreshments.

Animal Evacuation Centers: San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus 581 S. Grand Ave San Jacinto, CA. Residents needing animal evacuation assistance should 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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