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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 Evening 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

Agencies: U.S. Forest Service San Bernardino National Forest

Incident Location: Near the community of Idyllwild

Structures threatened: 90

People Evacuated: 296

Size: 13,139acres

Containment: 89%

Expected Full Containment: 8/9/2018

Civilian Injuries: 0

Firefighter Injuries: 3

Civilian Fatalities: 0

Firefighter Fatalities: Engines: 41 Water Tenders: 6 Helicopters: 5 Crews: 23 Dozers: 2 Total Personnel: 889

Crews spent another day along South Ridge on the northeast portion of the fire, holding and reinforcing containment lines. The lower area of the fire received light precipitation today along with increased humidity, which aided firefighters in mop-up efforts. The focus today continued to be on mopping up along the fire’s edge to prevent an escape. Suppression repair continues on the fire. Demobilization of resources is underway as the containment increases. Southern California Edison crews installed many new poles today, furthering their efforts to restore power. Hazard trees continue to be removed along roads and powerlines.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Office has lifted the evacuation of Idyllwild, Pine Cove, Fern Valley, Cedar Glen and the western portion of Garner Valley up to Lake View Drive at the Lake Hemet Market. Full access to these areas 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.

Anza Electric Cooperative is holding a community meeting scheduled for Tuesday, July 31, at 7:00 pm at the Anza Community Center, located at 56630 Cahuilla Road/Highway 371 in Anza. Representatives from the Cranston Fire will be providing an update.

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

San Jacinto Mountains State Park closures:
Due to the Cranston Fire, 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
: 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 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. 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 Lake View Drive (Lake Hemet Market) in Garner Valley.

Mandatory Evacuations: Mountain Center, Apple Canyon (Camp Ronald McDonald), Bonita Vista, Hurkey Creek, Garner Valley north of Lake View Drive (Lake Hemet Market) and wilderness portions of the San Jacinto Mountain State Park except for the Long Valley Trail near the Palm Springs Tram remain under a mandatory evacuation.

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