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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 Evening Update for 8/4/2018

Cranston Fire Wildfire
News – 8/4/2018


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

Minimal fire activity was observed today as firefighters continue monitoring for smoldering heavy fuels near containment lines and along highways. Excavators continue working near Apple Canyon and Fobes Ranch roads to repair dozer lines installed during the initial stages of the fire. Riverside Country Roads Department is assisting with road repair in / around the fire area. Demobilization or reassignment of excess firefighters and equipment will continue through the weekend.

A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team will arrive Sunday to begin an assessment of burned watersheds to identify post-wildfire threats to human life and safety, damage to property and infrastructure, and critical natural or cultural resources on National Forest System lands. This will provide a list of emergency stabilization measures to be taken before the first major rain storms. Fires result in loss of vegetation, increased potential for erosion, and increased water runoff that may lead to flooding, increased sediment, debris flows, damage to infrastructure, and critical natural and cultural resources.

Highways: Highway 243 reopened on Saturday, August 4, to all traffic with no restrictions. Highway 74 reopened with a pilot vehicle escorts between Lake Hemet and Mountain Center and again on SR 74 from Mountain Center to Valle Vista/Hemet. Motorists should expect up to 45 minute delays. Please use caution, do not pass, and do not separate from the line of traffic, as this may cause additional delays.

Reduced Forest Closure Order: The majority of popular hiking trails, campgrounds and forest roads on the San Jacinto District and Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument reopened on Saturday. Recreational sites that remain closed include the South Ridge Trail, the South Ridge Road and a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail. Tahquitz Peak Fire Lookout remains open with access via the Devils Slide Trail from the Humber Park Trailhead. The lookout itself was not damaged in the fire. 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. All hiking trails leading to the San Jacinto State Park Wilderness are open.

Riverside County Parks: The Idyllwild Nature Center is open this weekend. Hurkey Creek Park and Idyllwild Regional Park remain closed for the weekend. Please check for updates.

Power Outages: Full power was restored to customers of the Anza Electric Co-op at 8:55 on Friday, August 4th. Southern California has also completed all repairs to their lines.


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