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Cranston Fire: What to Know About Evacuations, Road Closures, Air Quality

Here's what to know about the Cranston fire burning in the San Jacinto Mountains of Riverside County

The Cranston fire started Wednesday July 25, 2018 in the San Jacinto Mountains of Riverside County. 

By Saturday evening, it had burned thousands of acres and several homes. Evacuation orders remained in effect for thousands of homes as thick smoke blanketed mountain communities.

What to Know

  • Location of Origin: East of Cranston Fire Station
  • Start Date: July 25, 2018, 11:57 am
  • Size (as of Saturday): Approximately 13,118 acres
  • Containment (as of Saturday): 17 percent
  • Cause: Suspected arson
  • Structures Threatened (as of Saturday): 4,927
  • Fire Information Number: 909-383-5688

Mandatory Evacuation Areas

  • Mountain Center
  • Idyllwild
  • Hurkey Creek
  • San Jacinto Mountain State Park
  • Fern Valley
  • Pine Cove
  • Cedar Glen 
  • Garner Valley

A evacuation center has been setup at Banning High School, 100 W. Westward Ave. and at Hamilton High School, 57430 Mitchell Rd.

Road Closures

  • Highway 74 from Borco Street in Hemet to Highway 371
  • Highway 243 from Banning to Highway 74

Recreation Closures

Mt. San Jacinto State Park

  • Desert View Trail
  • Little Round Valley Campground
  • Long Valley Trail
  • Mountain Station
  • Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
  • Round Valley Campground
  • Round Valley Trail
  • San Jacinto Peak Trail
  • Strawberry Junction Campground
  • Tamarack Valley Campground
  • Wellmans Divide Trail

San Bernardino National Forest

  • Black Mountain Group Campground
  • Boulder Basin Campground
  • Cedar Springs Trail 4EI7
  • Dark Canyon Campground
  • Deer Springs Campground
  • Deer Springs Trail to Suicide Rock 3E17 to 3E33
  • Devil’s Slide Trail
  • Ernie Maxwell Scenic Trail 3E07
  • Fern Basin Campground
  • Fobes Trail 4E04
  • Fuller Ridge
  • Humber Park
  • Hurkey Creek Campground
  • Lake Fulmor Day Use Area
  • Lake Hemet Picnic Area
  • Little Round Valley Campground
  • Marion Mountain Campground
  • Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) north of State Highway 74
  • San Jacinto Wilderness
  • Seven Pines Trail 2E13
  • Skunk Cabbage Trail 3E42
  • South Ridge Trail 3E08
  • Spitler Peak Trail 3E22
  • Stone Creek Yellow Post Sites (5S09)
  • Strawberry Creek
  • Tahquitz Peak Fire Lookout

Animal Shelters

  • Residents can call 951-358-7329 for assistance.
  • 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 in Banning. Animal Services will transfer them to the San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus.
  • All animals accepted at San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus.

Air Quality

The South Coast Air Quality Management District issued a smoke advisory due to thick smoke from the Cranston fire.

Power Outage

SoCal Edison said 4,000 customers were without power, mostly in the Idyllwild area, as of 9 a.m. Thursday. Cellphone and internet connections were to be down due to lack of elecitricty in the Cranston Fire, officials said Thursday morning. They were warning residents that they may not be able to communicate with friends and family.

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