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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 08/03/2018

Cranston Fire Wildfire
News – 8/3/2018

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: 0

People Evacuated: 0

Size: 13,139acres

Containment: 96%

Expected Full Containment: 8/9/2018

Civilian Injuries: 0

Firefighter Injuries: 3

Civilian Fatalities: 0

Firefighter Fatalities: 0

Engines: 13 Water Tenders: 5 Helicopters: 2 Crews: 4 Dozers: 1 Total Personnel: 170

Vista Grande Hotshots hiked into the South Ridge portion of the fire today to inspect the fire line and found no threats to the containment line. Suppression repair, which is nearing completion, continues on the south and east sides of the fire. Residents may continue to see glowing embers at night and minor smoke from smoldering heavy fuels in the interior portions of the fire. Please do not notify authorities of this situation as fire personnel are monitoring all portions of the fire. Seek and destroy of remaining hot spots near containment lines continues. Approximately 170 firefighters remain assigned to the San Bernardino National Forest Type 3 organization that is now managing the Cranston Fire. Southern California Edison and the Anza Electric Co-op have completed repairs to electrical infrastructure and are now working to re-energize lines. Caltrans continues replacing guard rails and traffic signs along highways 243 and 74.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department has restored public access to Idyllwild, Pine Cove, and Fern Valley via Hwy 243 from Banning. For residents of Mountain Center, Apple Canyon, Bonita Vista and Garner Valley, proof of residency, business ownership or employment in the area will be required to pass through the road closure located at Lake View Drive (Lake Hemet Market) from Garner Valley. No traffic is being allowed on Hwy 243 between Lower Saunders Meadow Road and the Keenwild Fire Station or on Hwy 74 between McGaugh Road and Borco Street.

San Bernardino National Forest closure: The San Jacinto Ranger District will reopen most recreation on August 4, 2018. Areas within or affected by the Cranston Fire will remain closed. For more information, please view the Forest Closure Order and the Forest Closure Order Map.

San Jacinto Mountains State Park: Stone Creek and Idyllwild campgrounds have reopened in addition to the state park wilderness campsites, which are open with access from the Palm Springs Tram. Beginning Saturday, all hiking trails into the San Jacinto State Wilderness will reopen.

Riverside County Parks: The Idyllwild Nature Center will be open this weekend. Hurkey Creek Park and Idyllwild Regional Park remain closed for the weekend. Please check http://www.rivcoparks.org for updates.

Evacuation Center: Per the Riverside County Emergency Management Department, the shelter in Anza at the 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.

Highway Closures: Hwy 74 is closed Between Borco Street in Hemet to Highway 74 at Lake View Drive (Lake Hemet Market); Hwy 243 is closed from Lower Saunders Meadow Road to Highway 74

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