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Cranston, San Bernardino NF. Timber, brush and chaparral. Minimal fire behavior.

August 2, 2018 at 9:11 PM

Beginning tomorrow, August 3rd, there will be one update per day released in the evening.

California Interagency Incident Management Team 1 transferred command of the Cranston Fire to the San Bernardino National Forest today at 5:00 p.m.

Residents may continue to see glowing embers at night, and minor smoke from smoldering heavy fuels in the interior portions of the fire. Fire personnel are monitoring all portions of the fire, please do not notify authorities in this situation. Suppression repair is nearing completion. Demobilization of most resources has occurred. The remaining resources are assigned to the San Bernardino National Forest Type 3 organization that is now managing the fire. All containment lines have held the fire in place for three days now. Mop up of remaining hot spots continues. Southern California Edison is continuing their efforts to restore power. Caltrans is working to mitigate the hazards on the highways.

The Riverside County Sheriff 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.

August 1, 2018 at 8:42 PM

Tomorrow morning’s update will be the last morning update. Starting on Friday, August 3rd, there will be one update per day released in the evening.

Slightly cooler temperatures and increased humidity aided in today’s control efforts. All containment lines held. Suppression repair continues. Significant demobilization of resources has taken place with reassignment of many resources to assist other 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. Tomorrow morning at 8:00 a.m., the Riverside County Sheriff will lift all evacuation orders. Proof of residency, business ownership, or employment in the area will be required.

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.

July 31, 2018 at 8:26 AM

Slightly drier with less cloud cover than yesterday. Isolated single tree torching interior, and heavy dead and down material has still been able to consume fully due to single digit 1000 hour fuel values. Good nighttime humidity recovery will further moderate spread potential through the night.

Main weather concern will continue to be a slight chance of thunderstorms Tuesday afternoon. Any storms that develop will bring the risk of lightning, gusty outflow winds and heavy rainfall that could cause debris and rock flows over recently burned slopes. Otherwise the pattern remains fairly stagnant with typical mid-summer conditions. Daytime highs in the 90s with overnight lows in the 60s. Light afternoon westerly winds 10-15 mph with light winds overnight. Humidity values 25-30% afternoons with moderate to good recovery at night to around70%. Long range trends suggest afternoon thunderstorm threat should continue through Wednesday before strong high pressure builds by the end of the week with continued hot and dry weather.

July 30, 2018 at 10:10 PM

Planned Actions : Continue to hold, and patrol all perimeter lines. Suppress all heat sources located within 200′ of perimeter containment lines. Work to continue to identify suppression repair components and initiate suppression repair.

Main weather concern will continue to be a slight chance of thunderstorms Tuesday afternoon. Any storms that develop will bring the risk of lightning, gusty outflow winds and heavy rainfall that could cause debris and rock flows over recently burned slopes. Otherwise the pattern remains fairly stagnant with typical mid-summer conditions. Daytime highs in the 90s with overnight lows in the 60s. Light afternoon westerly winds 10-15 mph with light winds overnight. Humidity values 25-30% afternoons with moderate to good recovery at night to around70%. Long range trends suggest afternoon thunderstorm threat should continue through Wednesday before strong high pressure builds by the end of the week with continued hot and dry weather.

July 30, 2018 at 6:53 AM

The evacuation order is lifted for Idyllwild and Pine Cove north of Lower Saunders Meadow Road. Access can be made from Banning on Highway 243. Garner Valley south of Morris Ranch Road. Road access is available from Highway 74 and Highway 371 at Paradise Corner. Evacuation orders remain in effect for Mountain Center and the surrounding area. Use caution returning home. Residents returning home from the Cranston Fire, losing power means your perishable food is not safe. Don’t risk your family’s health, throw it out!

July 29, 2018 at 8:51 PM

Good work was done on the northeast portion of the fire where the biggest threat to the community persists. Crews were flown in to the wilderness to continue constructing containment line to keep the fire from reaching the town of Idyllwild. The focus today continued to be efforts to secure and hold the line. Crews continue to mop up along the fire’s edge to prevent escape. Southern California Edison crews continued efforts to restore power.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Office has permitted the repopulation of the Pine Cove, Fern Valley, Cedar Glen, and portions of Idyllwild outside of the fire perimeter took place this morning. Persons with proof of residency were permitted to return to their homes. Repopulation of the area is being done in a methodical process to ensure the safety of the residents and responders on the incident. The portions of Garner Valley south of Morris Ranch Road were repopulated last night. Full access to Garner Valley south of Morris Ranch Road 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.

A community meeting is scheduled for Monday evening July 30th at 7:00 pm at the Idyllwild School located at 26700 Highway 243 Idyllwild, CA.

July 29, 2018 at 10:24 AM

A slight chance of thunderstorms with potential lightning, heavy rain and gusty outflow winds. High temperatures 85, RH 14-22%, winds from the SW 5-10 with gusts of 20 MPH

Continued potential fire spread to the east in Garner Valley, especially outside of the 2013 Mountain Fire footprint. Concerns exist for unburned pockets within fire perimeter, particularly ranchettes and WUI areas. Fire is hung up on South Ridge with isolated heat sources outside of retardant lines where rollout has been a concern.

July 28, 2018 at 8:49 PM

The evacuation order is lifted for Garner Valley, south of Morris Ranch Rd. Proof of residency required. Road access is available from Highway 74 at Highway 371. All other evacuation orders remain in effect. Use caution returning home.

Projected Incident Activity:

Continued active fire spread to the east in Garner Valley, especially outside of the 2013Mountain Fire footprint. Concerns exist for unburned pockets within fire perimeter, particularly ranchettes and WUI areas. Fire is hung up on South Ridge with isolated heat sources outside of retardant lines where rollout has been a concern.

24 hours: Monsoon influence will bring slight increases in afternoon relative humidity values and increased chances of thunderstorm activity Sunday. winds will help the fire move to the east,especially north and south of the Mountain fire footprint. There is potential for the fire to provide rollout towards Idyllwild or move into the San Jacinto State Park, especially if winds have more of a southerly component or outflow winds are experienced from thunderstorms.

July 28, 2018 at 9:05 AM

Fire behavior remained fairly active into the night on the northeast and southeast portions of the fire. The fire continued to burn to the east in Garner Valley. Concerns remain on the northeast portion of the fire along South Ridge with fire backing through retardant line above the town of Idyllwild. One of the focuses is this area today where aircraft and crews will continue to construct line. Progress continued toward containment of the fire. Lines were reinforced and hot spots extinguished toward the heel of the fire.

San Jacinto Mountains State Park closures: Due to the Cranston Fire, the Idyllwild Campground, Stone Creek Campground, all wilderness campgrounds and hiking are closed until further notice.

Evacuation Center: Banning High School 100 W. Westward Ave Banning, CA

Hamilton High School 57430 Mitchell Road Anza, CA

Animal Evacuation Centers: Dysart Equestrian Park 2101 W. Victory Ave Banning, CA
Riverside County Animal Services – San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus 581 S. Grand Ave San Jacinto, CA

Coachella Animal Campus (small animals) 72050 Pet Land Place Thousand Palms, CA

If residents need assistance with evacuating their animals call Riverside County Animal Services at (951) 358-7350.

Road Closures: Highway 243 is closed from Banning to Highway 74 (Residents north of McGovern Road with ID can enter at Banning). Highway 74 is closed from Borco Street in Hemet to Highway 371.

Mandatory Evacuations: Areas currently under a mandatory evacuation include the communities of: Mountain Center, Idyllwild, Hurkey Creek, San Jacinto Mountain State Park, Fern Valley, Pine Cove, Cedar Glen and all of Garner Valley.

Evacuation Warning: This is NOT an Evacuation Order. This is an advisement only of potential Evacuation Orders should conditions change in the Paradise Corner area.

July 27, 2018 at 10:28 PM

Fire behavior remained active today on the northeast and southeast portions of the fire. These areas experienced short, active runs with short range spotting. Good progress was made on the fire, but hot spots remain within the fire perimeter. Lines were reinforced and hot spots extinguished toward the heel of the fire. Caltrans worked with the California Highway Patrol to remove hazards along the highways through the burned area.

San Jacinto Mountains State Park closures: Due to the Cranston Fire the Idyllwild Campground, Stone Creek Campground, all wilderness campgrounds and hiking are closed until further notice.

July 27, 2018 at 10:33 AM

Moonrise over Apple Canyon. USFS photo

Yesterday’s fire behavior remained very active last night which was verified by infrared last night with an increase of hot spots detected; however, all hot spots remain inside the fire perimeter. Yesterday at 1800 California Incident Management Team 1 assumed command of the incident. The fire continues to be in unified command.

San Jacinto Mountains State Park closures: Due to the Cranston Fire the Idyllwild Campground, Stone Creek Campground, all wilderness campgrounds and hiking are closed until further notice.

Structures threatened: 4,830

People Evacuated: 6,000

Evacuation Center: Banning High School, 100 W. Westward Ave Banning

Animal Evacuation Centers: Dysart Equestrian Park 2101 W. Victory Ave Banning, CA
Riverside County Animal Services – San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus 581 S. Grand Ave San Jacinto, CA

Coachella Animal Campus (small animals) 72050 Pet Land Place Thousand Palms, CA

If residents need assistance with evacuating their animals call Riverside county animal services (951) 358-7350

Road Closures: Highway 243 is closed from Banning to Highway 74 (Residents north of Marion Ridge Drive with ID can enter at Banning). Highway 74 is closed from Borco Street in Hemet to Highway 371.

Mandatory Evacuations: Areas that are currently under a mandatory evacuation include: The Mountaintop communities of: Mountain Center, Idyllwild, Hurkey Creek, San Jacinto Mountain State Park, Fern Valley, Pine Cove, Cedar Glen and all of Garner Valley.

July 27, 2018 at 7:37 AM

High pressure aloft will continue very hot and dry weather for the fire area through Friday. Temps up to 100 degrees, RH 12-15%, winds 12-18 mph from the west with gusts to 25mp.

Planned Actions: Prioritize structure defense around mountain communities, utilizing existing fuel breaks and fuels treatment areas, roads and advantageous topographic features.

Projected Incident Activity: Continue to protect communities & values at risk. Keep the fire North of the South Fork of the San Jacinto River, West of Apple Canyon, South of Fisherman’s Point to South Peak and East North Fork.

July 26, 2018 at 7:06 PM

Taken from the Alert fire camera network San Diego. Photo courtesy Jeffrey Philpott

Extreme fire behavior with wind driven runs and spotting

Mandatory evacuations in place for the southern portion of Idyllwild, Mountain Center, Lake Hemet, Hurkey Creek, Fern Valley, Apple Canyon, San Jacinto State Park, Palm Springs Tram, Pine Cove, and Cedar Glen

7 youth camps evacuated

Hwy 74 and Hwy 243 closed

Sewer treatment plant threatened

July 26, 2018 at 7:14 AM

Order pending for CA Fed IMT – 1 (McGowan) with tentative in-brief at 1000 today.

Evacuations

  • 2174 homes evacuated
  • 3200 People

The Riverside Sheriff’s station(951-791-3400) is conducting evacuations of these areas:

  • Idyllwild
  • Apple Canyon Area
  • Lake Hemet Area
  • Mountain Center Community
  • Hurkey Creek Area
  • Camp Scherman Girlscout Camp

A evacuation center has been setup at Banning High School (100 W. Westward Ave).

Road Closures

  • HWY 74 from City of Hemet to Lake Hemet
  • HWY 243 from Banning to intersection of 243 and HWY 74

Animal Shelters

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

  • 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.

Air Quality

The South Coast Air Quality Management District has issued a smoke advisory for a wildfire, named the Cranston Fire, burning to the east of Hemet in Riverside County within the San Bernardino National Forest.

July 25, 2018 at 9:16 PM

Evacuations

The Riverside Sheriff’s station(951-791-3400) is conducting evacuations of these areas:

  • Idyllwild
  • Apple Canyon Area
  • Lake Hemet Area
  • Mountain Center Community
  • Hurkey Creek Area

A evacuation center has been setup at Banning High School (100 W. Westward Ave).

Road Closures

  • HWY 74 from City of Hemet to Lake Hemet
  • HWY 243 from Banning to intersection of 243 and HWY 74

Animal Shelters

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

  • Large animals can be dropped off to Dysart Equestrian Park – 2101 W Vicotry 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.

Air Quality

The South Coast Air Quality Management District has issued a smoke advisory for a wildfire, named the Cranston Fire, burning to the east of Hemet in Riverside County within the San Bernardino National Forest.

On Wednesday, July 25, 2018, CAL FIRE Law Enforcement Officers arrested Brandon N. Mc Glover, 32 of Temecula for allegedly setting multiple fires in southwest Riverside County on July 25, 2018. One of the fires Mc Glover allegedly started is the Cranston Fire, which is actively burning on Federal land in the San Jacinto Ranger District and is currently 4,700 acres with zero percent containment. Evacuation orders are in place for hundreds of residents. Five residential structures have been destroyed. The Cranston Fire is under Unified Command between the USFS San Bernardino National Forest, CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department, Idyllwild Fire Protection District and the Riverside County Sheriffs Office.

McGlover was transported to Cois Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta, where he was booked on the following charges:

PC 451( c ) – Five counts of arson to wildland

Additional charges may be added as the investigation continues.

On July 25, 2018, Firefighters from the USFS San Bernardino National Forest, CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department, and several local public safety agencies responded to a series of wildland fires. The fires occurred in several areas within Southwest Riverside County and Federal areas along State Highway 74 in the San Bernardino National Forest.

CAL FIRE Peace Officers determined a suspect description and issued a crime bulletin to other local law enforcement agencies. Based on the crime bulletin issued, the Hemet/San Jacinto Valley Gang Task Force located and detained Mc Glover.

CAL FIRE Peace Officers took Mc Glover into custody in Hemet.

Additional information will be released as the investigation continues.

July 25, 2018 at 6:48 PM

Animal info update: Residents can call 951-358-7329 for assistance with moving animals.
– Large animals can be dropped off to Dysart Equestrian Park, 2101 W Victory Ave in Banning

July 25, 2018 at 6:22 PM

Total Personnel Approx: 500
– 55 Engines
– 8 Crews
– 9 Dozers
– 5 Water Tenders
– 1 VLAT
– 10 Tankers
– 6 Helicopters
– 9 Fixed Wings

July 25, 2018 at 5:17 PM

Mandatory Evacuations for residents in Idyllwild, Pine Cove, Fern Valley, McGaugh Road, and McCall Park Road.

July 25, 2018 at 4:19 PM

Update for Evacuations:

– Banning High School for residents and to reunify with campers
– Banning High School for small animals
– San Jacinto High School for large animals

– New evacuations are in Mountain Center along McGaugh Road and McCall Park Road.

Fire jumped Highway 243 near the Idyllwild Grinding Facility.

July 25, 2018 at 3:20 PM

103 degrees, 19% RH, East winds at 6 mph with gusts to 12 mph. Rapid rate of spread in grass and brush.

Evacuations: Mandatory Evacuations for residents in the Southwest Idyllwild area.

Evacuation Center will be at Banning High School, 100 W. Westward Ave in Banning. – We are still awaiting info on the location of the reunification center for campers.

Road Closures: Highway 74 from Cranston Fire Station to Lake Hemet

Highway 243 between Pine Cove and Mountain Center