Published: Fri, July 27, 2018
Industry | By Kenny Hampton

Evacuations Ordered In Southwest Idyllwild Over Fast-Moving Cranston Fire

Evacuations Ordered In Southwest Idyllwild Over Fast-Moving Cranston Fire

A fast-growing wildfire in the rural Riverside County community of Idyllwild in the San Jacinto Mountains has forced evacuations Wednesday afternoon. Winds reaching 60 miles per hour are creating firenadoes strong enough to overturn vehicles, authorities said.

He says an unknown number of firefighters and civilians have burns but couldn't elaborate. One of the fires he allegedly started is the Cranston Fire on the San Bernardino National Forest.

"Right now they're doing what they can, they're trying to make a stand where they can, if possible", McLean said.

A firefighter with the Redding Fire Department was killed in Shasta County, officials said Friday.

"A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior", the Weather Service said. Deadly flames have burned 28,763 acres so far, and the wildfire is only 6% contained, Cal Fire revealed. The state is battling ferocious fires at both ends of the state.

The heart of Yosemite National Park remained empty the day after campers and hotel guests were evicted so firefighters could try to keep the state's largest fire from entering the park almost two weeks after it was sparked.

Gov. Jerry Brown (D) declared a state of emergency in Shasta County, warning that Carr fire "continues to threaten critical infrastructure" and saying that "high temperatures, low humidity, and erratic winds have further increased the spread of this fire".

The fire burning west of Redding, about 100 miles (161 kilometers) south of the OR state line, tripled in size overnight and then grew another 50 percent through the day to 45 square miles (115 square kilometers).

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Residents of southwest Idyllwild were ordered to evacuate Wednesday after a brush fire erupted in San Bernardino National Forest.

Hundreds of miles to the south, the Cranston Fire grew to 7.5 square miles (19 square kilometers) and about 3,000 residents remained under evacuation orders in Idyllwild and several neighboring communities.

"This fire is extremely unsafe and moving with no regard for what's in its path", he said.

Yosemite Valley, the scenic heart of the national park, was closed at noon Wednesday during the height of tourist season as smoke cast a pall on the region from a fire in the Sierra Nevada.

Videos from the scene show multiple homes in flames, and forest officials said at least five residences have been destroyed. Residents located west of Trinity Mountain Road use evacuation center located at Weaverville Elementary School 31020 HWY 3 in Weaverville.

The closure was heartbreaking for travelers who mapped out trips months in advance to hike and climb amid the spectacular views of cascading waterfalls and sheer rock faces.

Cal Fire officials were not available to provide details about the injuries to civilians and firefighters, or how much damage the blaze had caused.

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