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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 08/01/2018

Cranston Fire Wildfire
News – 8/1/2018


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 and the Riverside County Sheriff

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: 0

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

Containment lines around the fire held throughout the day on Tuesday. Portions of the fire received light precipitation yesterday which, along with increased humidity, aided firefighters in control efforts. The focus today will continue to be mop up and suppression repair. Demobilization of resources is well underway with the reassignment of many resources to assist other parts of California and the nation in support of ongoing and new incidents. Southern California Edison continued their efforts to restore power. Caltrans is working to remove the hazard trees that remain along roadways.

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

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

Anza Electric Cooperative’s community meeting last night at the Anza Community Center drew a crowd of over 225 people. Community member’s concerns were addressed and information shared on both the fire and ongoing efforts to fully repopulate the area, open the roads and restore power to their areas.

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

San Jacinto Mountains State Park closures: Wilderness campgrounds and hiking remain closed until further notice. However, the Palm Springs Tramway and the Long Valley hiking trails reopened Monday, 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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