Cranston Fire in San Jacintos

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Cranston Fire in San Jacintos

Postby Wildhorse » Wed Jul 25, 2018 1:41 pm

Multiple news sources are reporting the fire. It was first reported around noon today. Part of 74 is closed. Doubleview in southwest Idyllwild is being evacuated. Fire is growing fast.
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Re: Cranston Fire in San Jacintos

Postby cynthia23 » Wed Jul 25, 2018 2:39 pm

I first noticed it around 1--wasn't at first sure what I was seeing as there is also heavy cloud cover (must have been started by a lightning strike). From what I can see now from Cathedral City, it looks super bad. Hope I'm wrong. :(
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Re: Cranston Fire in San Jacintos

Postby cynthia23 » Wed Jul 25, 2018 3:07 pm

Some people on Twitter are saying it's an arson fire and an arrest has (already) been made, but on the other hand, a lot of false information gets posted on twitter. But it looks bad for the town of Idyllwild, that much is clear.
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Re: Cranston Fire in San Jacintos

Postby Wildhorse » Wed Jul 25, 2018 3:57 pm

Idyllwild camps are now being evacuated and part of Mountain Center.

Towncrier has ominous photos. I think it also reports that an arsonist has been arrested, accused of setting four fires to begin it all. What a monster!

Cynthia, thanks for the visual report from the desert. I am too far away to see it. I would be even more upset by this if I could see the smoke rising over the mountains.
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Re: Cranston Fire in San Jacintos

Postby cynthia23 » Wed Jul 25, 2018 3:58 pm

OK, Press Enterprise just confirmed that an arson suspect was arrested--apparently with accelerants in the car.
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Re: Cranston Fire in San Jacintos

Postby cynthia23 » Wed Jul 25, 2018 4:01 pm

Looks super bad. Anyone who is up there should evacuate immediately.
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Re: Cranston Fire in San Jacintos

Postby Wildhorse » Wed Jul 25, 2018 4:23 pm

From the vantage point on a ridge north of southwest Idyllwild, it appears that the fire is now almost at Doubleview. That is the live report of a resident. If so, this is way beyond awful.
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Re: Cranston Fire in San Jacintos

Postby cynthia23 » Wed Jul 25, 2018 4:33 pm

There's footage on twitter of houses burning. Again anyone up there should evacuate immediately. Personally I would leave now even if you are still a safe distance from fire. Given conditions and multiple points of origin I think all bets are off with this thing. Better safe than sorry. Evacuation center is in Banning, with shelter for both large and small animals.
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Re: Cranston Fire in San Jacintos

Postby cynthia23 » Wed Jul 25, 2018 4:36 pm

Just stepped outside again. Now odor of smoke very apparent here in Cathedral City, and you cannot see portions of the mountain. :(
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Re: Cranston Fire in San Jacintos

Postby cynthia23 » Wed Jul 25, 2018 5:07 pm

Ok they are now ordering all of Idyllwild, Fern Valley and Pine Cove to evacuate--'leave immediately'. Oh this is horrifying.
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