Published: Fri, July 27, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Kristin Zimmerman

Another Blaze Erupts East of Cranston Fire in Riverside County

Another Blaze Erupts East of Cranston Fire in Riverside County

The fire was the largest of at least five that police believe were purposely set by Mc Glover on Wednesday. The rapidly spreading blaze, dubbed the Cranston Fire, ignited around noon.

No injuries or evacuations were immediately reported, nor was there any word on what sparked the blaze. The fire burned near Highway 74 between Hemet and Mountain Center, according to San Bernardino National Forest officials.

By 6:30 p.m., it had burned an estimated 3,000 acres and there was no containment.

The hot and largely dry weather will further enhance the risk of new blazes into the beginning of August. He is charged with five counts of arson on a structure, five counts of arson on land and three counts of maliciously setting a fire.

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.

Campgrounds in Idyllwild were also under evacuation orders, including Idyllwild Arts, Camp Maranatha, Idyllwild Pines, AstroCamp, Camp Emerson and Tahquitz Pines, according to the volunteer organization Mountain Disaster Preparedness, which runs the website Evacuations are also in place for Apple Canyon Area, Cedar Glen, Camp Scherman Girl Scout Camp, Fern Valley, Hurkey Creek area, Idyllwild, Lake Hemet area, Mountain Center Community and Pine Cove. In mountain communities east of Los Angeles, calmer conditions aided firefighters on the lines of a suspected arson wildfire that forced thousands of people to flee. Temperatures in the Inland Empire were expected to reach the triple digits in some areas on Wednesday.

In the Sierra Nevada, famed Yosemite National Park closed Wednesday as smoke from a fire to the west cast a pall on the region.

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