"Leave the area immediately,'' a USFS Twitter post advised as
the fire burned in the San Jacinto Mountains east of Los Angeles
A 32-year-old man from Temecula was arrested on suspicion of
arson Wednesday night after he was accused of setting multiple
fires, one of which burned thousands of acres in the San
Bernardino National Forest, destroyed homes and forced thousands
Brandon N. McGlover was arrested on suspicion of five counts of
arson to wildland after the Cranston Fire erupted earlier the
The Cranston Fire consumed at least 4,700 acres, leveled five
residential structures and closed roads. As of Wednesday night,
the fire was 5 percent contained.
The Cranston 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. The fire was burning "with a rapid
rate of spread," according to the USFS.
No injuries have been reported in connection with the blaze,
which was zero percent contained as of Wednesday night. The
cause of the fire has not been confirmed, but California Highway
Patrol Officer Darren Meyer said a motorist who witnesses said
was spotted "near the origin of the fire" was detained.
A light-colored sedan matching the description provided by
witnesses was spotted at around 12:30 p.m. near Newport Road and
State Street in Hemet, Meyer said. An enforcement stop was
conducted by the CHP, Riverside County Sheriff's Department and
Hemet Police Department and the driver was arrested.
Authorities had not yet confirmed whether the man captured on
video being detained by officers was McGlover.
Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for residents of
Idyllwild, Mountain Center along McGaugh and McCall Park roads
and the communities of Pine Cove and Fern Valley.
"Leave the area immediately," a USFS Twitter post advised.
At least 110 homes in southwest Idyllwild have been evacuated,
and officials said at least 600 more structures were threatened
by the blaze. Television news footage showed at least a few
homes going up in flames.
Authorities have established an evacuation center for residents
and campers at Banning High School, 100 W. Westward Ave. Small
animals can also be evacuated to Banning High School, while
animals of all sizes can be taken to the San Jacinto Valley
Animal Campus at 581 S. Grand Ave.
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, where authorities
say flames jumped the highway near the Idyllwild Grinding
Facility. The fire has also taken out power to more than 7,700
Southern California Edison customers in the Idyllwild area,
according to an SCE online outage map.
San Bernardino National Forest
· 25 Jul
Replying to @SanBernardinoNF
#CranstonFire evacuations expanded to all of Idyllwilld, Pine
Cove and Fern Valley. Leave immediately.
San Bernardino National Forest
#CranstonFire If you are trying to reach the Riverside County
Dept. of Animal Services at 951-358-7387
, please stay on the
line through their recording to be transferred to their
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Full restoration was expected at around 2 a.m. Thursday.
Authorities have also issued a smoke advisory for the region,
advising that winds could bring smoke into various parts of
Riverside County, including the Coachella Valley, Banning Pass,
the Hemet/San Jacinto Valley, Perris Valley and Anza.
The advisory will be in effect through Thursday morning.
McGlover was also accused of setting several other fires
Wednesday in the southwest Riverside County area and along
A fire information call center for the public has also been
established at (909) 383-5688