(CNN)A man accused of starting a wildfire in the San Bernardino
National Forest faces five counts of arson in the blaze, which
destroyed homes and prompted the evacuation of the town of
Idyllwild and several other communities, authorities said.
Brandon N. McGlover, 32, of Temecula was detained Wednesday and
charged with arson to wildland, the Riverside County Fire
Department and Cal Fire said.
Authorities believe McGlover set multiple fires Wednesday in
Riverside County, including the Cranston Fire.
The suspect could not be reached for comment, and it was not
immediately clear whether he had an attorney.
More than 700 firefighters are battling that blaze, which has
scorched 7,500 acres and is only 5% contained, officials with
the San Bernardino National Forest said. The fire is about 15
miles southwest of Palm Springs and 35 miles southeast of
Several homes and cabins seemed to have gone up in flames, video
recorded from helicopters by CNN affiliates appears to show.
Other homes looked to be covered with red flame retardant.
Evacuation orders are in place for about 16,000 people in the
town of Idyllwild, the community of Mountain Center and the
areas of Apple Canyon, Hurkey Creek and Lake Hemet. Evacuation
orders are no longer in effect for Fern Valley and Pine Cove.
A fire engine sits on the frontlines of the Cranston Fire, which
has grown to 4,700 acres and is only 5% contained.
Massive amounts of smoke were seen rising from the San Jacinto
Mountains as an airplane dropped retardant on the fire, a video
posted Wednesday night by Twitter user Captain Woody shows.
"From Pine Cove. Packing up," he wrote.
The area around Idyllwild was the site of a massive wildfire in
July 2013 that burned more than 27,000 acres.
CNN's Jenn Selva, Joe Sutton, Nicole Chavez and Dakin Andone
contributed to this report.
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