A 32-year-old Temecula man was arrested on Wednesday evening on suspicion of arson after being accused of committing multiple fires, one of which burned thousands of acres in the San Bernardino National Forest, destroyed houses and forced many thousands to flee N. McGlover was arrested on the same day following the outbreak of the Cranston Fire on the same day on suspicion of arson in five cases.
The Cranston Fire consumed at least 4,700 acres, leveled five residential buildings and closed roads.
The Cranston Fire reportedly was reported at noon on Route 74 in the forest area between Hemet and Mountain Center, reports the US Forest Service. The fire burned "with a rapid spread rate," according to the USFS.
No injuries were reported in connection with the fire, which contained zero percent on Wednesday night. The cause of the fire was not confirmed, but California Highway Patrol Officer Darren Meyer said a motorist who testified witnesses was discovered "near the origin of the fire" was arrested.
The authorities had not yet confirmed that the video-captured man captured by officers was McGlover.
Compulsory evacuations were ordered for residents of Idyllwild, Mountain Center along the McGaugh and McCall Park streets, and the communities of Pine Cove and Fern Valley
"Leave the area immediately," a USFS Twitter post said.
At least 110 homes in southwest Idyllwild were evacuated and officials said at least 600 other buildings had been threatened by the fire. Television news showed that at least a few houses went up in flames.
Authorities have set up an evacuation center for residents and campers at Banning High School, 100 Westward Ave. Small animals can also be evacuated to Banning High School, while animals of all sizes can be brought to the San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus at 581 S. Grand Ave.
Road closures include State Route 74 between Cranston Fire Station and Lake Hemet as well as State Road 243 between the communities of Pine Cove and Mountain Center, where authorities say the flames near the Idyllwild Grinding Facility on the highway jumped. The fire has also taken power to more than 7,700 Edison customers in Southern California in the Idyllwild area, according to an SCE online failure card.
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The complete restoration was expected around 2 am. The authorities have also issued a smoke report for the region, indicating that winds could bring smoke to various parts of Riverside County, including the Coachella Valley, Banning Pass, Hemet / San Jacinto Valley, Perris Valley and Anza
McGlover was also accused of committing several other fires on Wednesday in southwestern Riverside County and along Highway 74.
A fire department information call center for the public was also set up (909). 385-5688.