PHOTOS: Cranston Fire Tears Through Riverside County Mountain Communities

A wildfire in the San Bernardino National Forest burned thousands of acres and several homes after it started Wednesday July 25, 2018 in the mountains of Riverside County.

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Images show the day after the Cranston Fire began burning Thursday, July 26, 2018.
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A thank-you sign is seen in July 2018 during the Cranston fire in Riverside County.
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A thank-you sign is seen in a business window in July 2018 during the Cranston fire in Riverside County.
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Smoke blankets the area of the Cranston fire in July 2018 in Riverside County.
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A smoke plume rises over Riverside County Friday July 27, 2018 from the Cranston fire.
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A smoke plume rises over Riverside County Friday July 27, 2018 from the Cranston fire.
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Red fire retardant covers a Riverside County property Friday July 27, 2018 during the Cranston fire.
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Red fire retardant covers a Riverside County property Friday July 27, 2018 during the Cranston fire.
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Firefighters attend a morning briefing Friday July 27, 2018 before another day of battling the Cranston fire in brutal heat.
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A view of the Cranston fire burn area Friday July 27, 2018 in Riverside County.
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A view of the Cranston fire burn area Friday July 27, 2018 in Riverside County.
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A view of the Cranston fire burn area Friday July 27, 2018 in Riverside County.
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Images show the smokey skies over the Cranston Fire Thursday, July 26, 2018.
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Images show the smokey skies over the Cranston Fire Thursday, July 26, 2018.
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The view from Palm Springs facing west toward Idyllwild.
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A view of the Cranston fire Wednesday July 26, 2018 from Palm Springs.
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A view of the Cranston fire burn area Thursday July 26, 2018 in Riverside County.
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A view of the Cranston fire burn area Thursday July 26, 2018 in Riverside County.
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A view of the Cranston fire burn area Thursday July 26, 2018 in Riverside County.
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A view of the Cranston fire burn area Thursday July 26, 2018 in Riverside County.
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NewsChopper4 shows an aerial view of the smoke above the destructive Cranston blaze Thursday, July 26, 2018.
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Aerial images in NewsChopper4 show the sun rising over the Cranston Fire Thursday, July 26, 2018.
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Smoke and the sun rising over the Cranston Fire Thursday, July 26, 2018, the morning after the blaze began.
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Fire engines roll down a street in the battle against the Cranston Fire Thursday, July 26, 2018.
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A still smoking husk of a home is all that remains of this property in the Cranston Fire Thursday, July 26, 2018.
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A home burned in the Cranston blaze Thursday, July 26, 2018.
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A bike burned along with a home in the Cranston Fire Thursday, July 26, 2018.
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The Cranston Fire was at 4,700 acres and 5 percent contained the morning of Thursday, July 26, 2018.
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The Cranston Fire near the Idyllwild area continues to burn a day after the fire may have been intentionally set Thursday, July 26, 2018.
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Residents under evacuation in the Cranston Fire Thursday, July 26, 2018.
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A home was still smoking a day after the Cranston Fire ripped through the area Thursday, July 26, 2018.
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A view of smoke from the Cranston fire as seen Wednesday July 26, 2018 from Temecula.
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A view of smoke from the Cranston fire as seen Wednesday July 25, 2018 from the Beaumont-Banning area.
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Bright red fire retardant was dropped near and on homes in the path of the Cranston fire Thursday July 26, 2018 in Riverside County.
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Fire trucks are seen at the staging site for the Cranston fire burning Thursday July 26, 2018 in Riverside County.
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A line of vehicles can be seen during evacuations due to the Cranston fire Wednesday July 25, 2018 in Riverside County.
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Smoke blankets mountains due to the Cranston fire Thursday July 26, 2018 in Riverside County.
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Aerial Footage of the Cranston Fire on the evening of July 25, 2018.
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Aerial Footage of the Cranston Fire on the evening of July 25, 2018.
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Aerial Footage of the Cranston Fire on the evening of July 25, 2018.
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A house burns near Idyllwild during the Cranston fire on July 25, 2018.
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The fire was burning "with a rapid rate of spread," according to the U.S. Forest Service.
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Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for residents of southwest Idyllwild, as well as Mountain Center along McGaugh and McCall Park roads.
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"Leave the area immediately," a USFS Twitter post advised.
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Authorities have also issued a smoke advisory for the region, advising that winds could bring smoke into various parts of Riverside County.
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Flames rush up a ridge in the San Bernardino National Forest during the Cranston Fire on July 25, 2018.
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A nearby resident prepares to evacuate from the Cranston Fire on July 25, 2018.
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A car is loaded as residents prepare to evacuate from the Cranston Fire on July 25, 2018.
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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.
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Authorities have established an evacuation center for residents and campers at Banning High School, 100 W. Westward Ave.
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Flames threaten a neighborhood during the Cranston Fire on July 25, 2018.
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A house near Idyllwild "completely burned to the ground," per NBC4's Alex Vasquez.
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The Cranston Fire burns near Idyllwild on July 25, 2018.
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Kitty Alvarado
"When a fire has a lot of heat and instability available, like the Cranston Fire does this kind of cloud, called a pyrocumulonimbus cloud, can form.n

nThe intense upward motion moved these clouds 50,000 feet into the sky and there were several lightning strikes we tracked on our First Alert Radar Network.n

nThink back to the Thomas Fire last year. The Santa Ana winds were too strong to allow the clouds to grow up so all of the smoke was pushed to the Pacific Ocean. It was also cold so there wasn’t much instability." -NBC4 Meteorologist Anthony Yanez
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Images show the smokey skies over the Cranston Fire Thursday, July 26, 2018.
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Images show the smokey skies over the Cranston Fire Thursday, July 26, 2018.
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A view of the Cranston fire Wednesday July 26, 2018 from Palm Springs.
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