A wildfire that broke out Wednesday in Mountain Center has spread rapidly prompting evacuations and the closure of both Highway 74 and 371 in the area.
— Caltrans District 8 (@Caltrans8) July 25, 2018
The blaze was reported a little after 12 pm. It had consumed 3,500 acres as of 8 pm, according to officials from the San Bernardino National Forest.
#CranstonFire #BDF The fire is really taking off now. If you live in #MountainCenter or #idyllwild be ready to go. The fire is mostly terrain driven right now, but winds will increase from the west this afternoon. pic.twitter.com/KfpVG3xq8X
— Dave Toussaint (@engineco16) July 25, 2018
From my back yard on TwinPines Rd Banning pic.twitter.com/HWCWWF37f0
— Mariane Miller (@miller_mariane) July 25, 2018
Evacuations have been ordered for southwest Idyllwild. In addition, the following roads have been closed:
- Highway 74 between Cranston Fire Station and Lake Hemet
- Highway 243 between Pine Cover and Mountain Center
- Highway 74 and Highway 243 are open for those leaving the area, but closed for those attempting to come up the hill.
– Mandatory evacuations for southwest Idyllwild. Leave the area immediately.
– Estimated at 200 acres with a rapid rate of spread.
– CC @IdyllEmergency
— San Bernardino National Forest (@SanBernardinoNF) July 25, 2018
Update: ABC 7 is reporting that a person has been detained for questioning as officials believe the fire may be the result of arson:
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) July 25, 2018
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.