Alleged Arsonist Arrested After Entire Town Evacuated

Local firefighters headed south to assist with fire in Riverside County

Crews battling 4700-acre Cranston fire in Idyllwild prompts mandatory evacuations

On Wednesday, July 25, 2018, CAL FIRE Law Enforcement Officers arrested Brandon N. McGlover, 32 of Temecula for allegedly setting multiple fires in southwest Riverside County, California on July 25, 2018.

The evacuations that have already taken place have affected almost 2,200 homes, according to the Desert Sun, meaning as many as 3,200 people have had to leave. VIDEO: Authorities detain possible arson suspect in connection with Cranston FireMandatory evacuation orders were issued for all residents southeast of Highway 243 as well as all of Idyllwild, Apple Canyon, Hurky Creek, Bonita Vista, Lake Hemet campgrounds and Fern Valley. "We live in a attractive town", Achtner told the newspaper. "I've never been evacuated before". All homes accessed from roads north of Hialeah were under mandatory evacuation, while homes south of Hialeah through just south of Highway 371, including those accessed from Hialeah, were under an evacuation warning, officials said.

All campsites, hotels and visitor areas will remain closed at least until Sunday, officials said, cutting short summer holidays for... In a matter of hours, it grew to 7.5 square miles (19 square kilometers).

"Basically June, July and August are the big revenue months", he said, estimating that about 100 nearby vacation properties would be forced to offer refunds. The glacial valley has been enveloped by a choking haze of smoke from the Ferguson Fire.

Over almost two weeks, flames have churned through 60 square miles of timber in steep terrain of the Sierra Nevada just west of the park.

One of the fires McGlover allegedly started is the Cranston Fire, which is actively burning on Federal land in the San Jacinto Ranger District, and is now 4,700 acres with zero percent containment.

More than 3,300 firefighters are working the fire, aided by 16 helicopters.

Firefighters are also battling other large blazes in the state.

The wildfire in rural Shasta County in Northern California tripled in size overnight with evacuations ordered for the area, Weather.com reports.

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