Published: Fri, July 27, 2018
Industry | By Jeannie Evans

Cranston Fire near Idyllwild grows to 11,500 acres on 3rd day

Cranston Fire near Idyllwild grows to 11,500 acres on 3rd day

All homes south of Hialeah, including those accessed from Hialeah, are under an evacuation warning.) - Hurkey Creek Area - Idyllwild - Lake Hemet Area - Mountain Center Community - Mt San Jacinto State Park - Pine Cove An evacuation center has been setup at Banning High School (100 W. Westward Ave. Late Thursday, the city said its electric utility would be shutting down power to most of north Redding at the request of fire authorities "and to maintain system stability due to multiple line outages".

He says an unknown number of firefighters and civilians have burns but couldn't elaborate.

Two other major fires are also burning in the state.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Scott McLean said: 'The fire is moving so fast that law enforcement is doing evacuations as fast as we can.

Smoke from the Cranston Fire is shown from east of Lake Hemet in Riverside County, California, U.S., July 26, 2018.

"A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior", the Weather Service said.

Wednesday night fire officials estimated that the Cranston Fire had burned approximately 4,700 acres. The state is battling ferocious fires at both ends of the state.

Flames tower above firefighters during the Carr fire near Whiskeytown California
Flames tower above firefighters during the Carr fire near Whiskeytown California Credit JOSH EDELSON AFP

The 45-square-mile (115-square-kilometer) fire that began Monday tripled in size overnight Thursday amid scorching temperatures, low humidity and windy conditions. Jerry Brown declared states of emergency for the three largest fires, which will authorize the state to rally resources to local governments.

More than a dozen other wildfires continue to burn throughout California, including one that forced Yosemite National Park to close for the first time in 30 years.

A suspected serial arsonist has been arrested for allegedly setting fires that forced the evacuation of thousands of residents across southern California.

The blaze erupted Wednesday and quickly turned into a wall of flame that torched timber and dry brush. One firefighter responding to that blaze was killed - Cory Iverson, a 32-year-old with Cal Fire who left behind a pregnant wife and a 2-year-old daughter. In a matter of hours, the so-called Cranston Fire grew to 7.5 square miles (19 square kilometers). That fire, which destroyed five homes, is believed to have been sparked by arson. The closure was heartbreaking for travelers, many of whom mapped out their trips months in advance to hike and climb amid the spectacular views of cascading waterfalls and sheer rock faces.

Officials emphasized that Yosemite wasn't in imminent danger from the fire, which grew to more than 67 square miles (173 square kilometres) in the adjacent Sierra National Forest.

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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