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By Kim Harris
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4,700 acres, 5 homes burn in Cranston fire, evacuations extended

 

Last updated 7/26/2018 at 6:19pm



UPDATE: July 25, 8 p.m.

Evacuations for the Cranston Fire, which was reported at 11:57 a.m. Wednesday, July 25, have been extending to include Lake Hemet, Apple Canyon and Hurkey Creek. Evacuations remain in place for Idyllwilld, Pine Cove, Fern Valley and Mountain Center.

An Evacuation Center has been opened at Banning High School, 100 W. Westward Ave. in Banning. The High School will also serve as the reunification center for those camping in the area, according to San Bernardino National Forest Public Information Officer Rebecca Miller.

Large animals can be dropped off to Dysart Equestrian Park - 2101 W Victory Ave. in Banning.

Small Animals can also be dropped off at Dysart Equestrian Park - 2101 W. Victory Ave. in Banning. Animal Services will transfer them to the San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus. All animals (large and small) also accepted at San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus.

Residents can call (951) 358-7329 for direct assistance with moving animals.

Lions Field in Anza is also open for evacuees, Mimi Brown, Anza Lions president said in a text message sent to Valley News.

"Evacuees and livestock are en route," Brown said, adding that the Anza Electric Co-op is on the grounds with a generator. "If you'd like to come and help, come on down."

Wranglers, weed whackers and rakes are needed to clear the pens, she said.

Anza Lions field is located at 39551 Kirby Road in Anza.

Road Closures along Highway 74 from the city of Hemet to Lake Hemet and Highway 243 from Banning to the intersection of Highway 74, remain in place.

At last report, the fire had scorched 4,700 acres and had no containment. Personnel from the American Red Cross, Bureau of Land Management, CalFire -Inyo-Mono-San Bernardino Unit, California Highway Patrol, Riverside County Fire Department, Riverside County Office of Emergency Services, Riverside County Sheriff Department, Riverside Fire Department and the San Bernardino National Forest have all responded to the blaze. Five-hundred firefighters are also on the scene battling the fire, according to an incident report published by the San Bernardino National Forest.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

UPDATE: July 25, 6:20 p.m.

Cranston fire has grown to 3,000 acres and at least 4 structures have burned according to published reports. There is no containment of the blaze which is burning outside of Idyllwild and Mountain Center.

All evacuation orders remain in place.

An Evacuation Center for those evacuating the Cranston Fire has been opened at Banning High School, 100 W. Westward Ave. in Banning. The High School will also serve as the reunification center for those camping in the area, according to San Bernardino National Forest Public Information Officer Rebecca Miller.

Banning High School is accepting small animals and San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus, 581 S. Grand Ave. is accepting large animals.

Lions Field in Anza is also open for evacuees, Mimi Brown, Anza Lions president said in a text message sent to Valley News.

"Evacuees and livestock are en route," Brown said, adding that the Anza Electric Co-op is on the grounds with a generator. "If you'd like to come and help, come on down."

Wranglers, weed whackers and rakes are needed to clear the pens, she said.

Anza Lions field is located at 39551 Kirby Road in Anza.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

UPDATE: July 25, 5 p.m.

Cranston fire evacuations have been expanded to all of Idyllwilld, Pine Cove and Fern Valley.

"Leave immediately." is the directive from U.S. Forest Service Officials for those in the path of the Cranston fire, which broke out earlier today near Highway 74 and Idyllwild.

According to a recent statement issued by the San Bernardino National Forest on its Twitter page, the fast-moving fire is at 1,200 acres with no containment.

An Evacuation Center for those evacuating the Cranston Fire has been opened at Banning High School, 100 W. Westward Ave. in Banning. The High School will also serve as the reunification center for those camping in the area, according to San Bernardino National Forest Public Information Officer Rebecca Miller.

Banning High School is accepting small animals and San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus, 581 S. Grand Ave. is accepting large animals.

Lions Field in Anza is also open for evacuees, Mimi Brown, Anza Lions president said in a text message sent to Valley News.

"Evacuees and livestock are en route," Brown said, adding that the Anza Electric Co-op is on the grounds with a generator. "If you'd like to come and help, come on down."

Wranglers, weed whackers and rakes are needed to clear the pens, she said.

Anza Lions field is located at 39551 Kirby Road in Anza.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

UPDATE: July 25, 4 p.m.

The Cranston fire, which broke out earlier today outside of Idyllwild has now charred 1,200 acres and jumped a main throughfare throuogh the area. The fire continues to burn at a "rapid rate of spread," fire officials said.

San Bernardino National Forest officials announced that the Cranston Fire has jumped Highway 243 near the Idyllwild Grinding Facility.

The announcement came at 3:45 p.m. via the agency's Twitter account.

New evacuations have been issued for Mountain Center along McGaugh Road and McCall Park Road. Evacuations are still in place for southwest Idyllwild. Residents and visitors should leave these areas immediately.

An Evacuation Center for those evacuating the Cranston Fire has been opened at Banning High School, 100 W. Westward Ave. in Banning. The High School will also serve as the reunification center for those camping in the area, according to San Bernardino National Forest Public Information Officer Rebecca Miller.

Banning High School is accepting small animals and San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus, 581 S. Grand Ave., is accepting large animals.

According to published news reports arson is suspected as the cause of the fire, though Valley News has not independently confirmed this to be the case as of the time of this update.

Winds will be from the west/southwest this afternoon before transitioning to a light northerly wind during the evening and overnight hours prompting the South Coast Air Quality Management District to issue a warning about air quality which has been affected by the fire. Currently the air quality in the Temecula Valley is Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups. Other areas expected to be affected include the Perris Valley, Anza, the Hemet/San Jacinto Valley, the Banning Pass and Coachella Valley.

When air quality is in the Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups range (AQI 101-150), members of sensitive groups may experience health effects, but the general public is unlikely to be affected. Persons with heart or lung disease, children, older adults, and people who are active outdoors may be sensitive and therefore at greater risk. People in the sensitive groups should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion.

When air quality is in the Unhealthy range (AQI 151-200), everyone may begin to experience health effects. Members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects. People with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion. Everyone else should limit prolonged or heavy exertion.

Very Unhealthy (AQI over 200) air quality indicates a health alert signifying that everyone may experience more serious health effects from air pollution. People with heart or lung disease, older adults, children, and outdoor workers should avoid all outdoor exertion. Everyone else should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion and minimize exposure to air pollutants.

The general public can call the fire information call center at (909) 383-5688 or visit the San Bernardino National Forest Page at https://twitter.com/SanBernardinoNF for more information.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

UPDATE: July 25, 3 p.m.

The Cranston fire, first reported around noon, Wednesday, July 25, has charred 800 acres and caused firefighters to call for evacuations. road closures were also put in place for the safety of motorists and firefighters. As of 2:58 p.m. no new acreage numbers were reported.

Currently evacutions are in place for southwest Idyllwild. Residents and visitors are asked to leave the area immediately. San Bernardino National Forest officials have announced an Evacuation Center for those evacuating the Cranston Fire will be at Banning High School, 100 W. Westward Ave. in Banning. The agency said it is still awaiting information on the location of the reunification center for those camping in the area.

Road closures remain in place for state Route 74 between the Cranston Fire Station and Lake Hemet, as well as state Route 243 between the communities of Pine Cove and Mountain Center.

Reports that the fire was started, along with several others in the area, by an arsonist have not yet been confirmed by fire officials.

The general public can call the fire information call center at (909) 383-5688 or visit the San Bernardino National Forest Page at https://twitter.com/SanBernardinoNF for more information.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

UPDATE: July 25, 2:05 p.m.

A forest fire that broke out near Mountain Center around noon has quickly expanded to 800 acres.

According to a tweet by the San Bernardino National Forest, the blaze, dubbed the Cranston fire, was first reported to be about 25 acres before it quickly spread to 800 acres reported at 1:57 p.m.

Currently evacutions are in place for southwest Idyllwild. Residents and visitors are asked to leave the area immediately.

Road closures remain in place for state Route 74 between the Cranston Fire Station and Lake Hemet, as well as state Route 243 between the communities of Pine Cove and Mountain Center.

Reports that the fire was started, along with several others in the area, by an arsonist have not yet been confirmed by fire officials.

The general public can call the fire information call center at (909) 383-5688 or visit the San Bernardino National Forest Page at https://twitter.com/SanBernardinoNF for more information.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

ORIGINAL STORY:

City News Service

MOUNTAIN CENTER - A 200-acre brush fire erupted today in the San Bernardino National Forest, leading to road closures and evacuations in the area. Huge smoke plumes could be seen as far away as Temecula.

The fire was reported at around noon off state Route 74 in the forest area between Hemet and Mountain Center, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

By 12:30 p.m., the fire was estimated at 200 acres "with a rapid rate of spread,'' according to the USFS. No injuries have been reported in connection with the blaze.

Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for residents of southwest Idyllwild.

"Leave the area immediately,'' a USFS Twitter post advised.

Road closures include state Route 74 between the Cranston Fire Station and Lake Hemet, as well as state Route 243 between the communities of Pine Cove and Mountain Center.

A fire information call center for the public has also been established at (909) 383-5688.

 

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