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Investigators investigated the possibility that the cause was arson.
The fire, east of Hemet, grew to 1,200 hectares by the afternoon.
Highway 74 between Cranston Fire Station and Lake Hemet and Highway 243 between Pine Cove and Mountain Center were closed.
In the San Bernardino National Forest, a bushfire burned today that burned at least 1,200 hectares, destroyed at least one house and led to road closures and evacuations of hundreds of homes in the area.
The Cranston Fire was reported at noon on State 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 was zero percent late Wednesday afternoon. The cause of the fire was not confirmed, but a California Highway Patrol incident report indicated that a person was detained, possibly in connection with arson.
The Sheriff Department of Riverside County has not confirmed the arrest. 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," advised a USFS Twitter post.
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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 flames have jumped across the highway near the Idyllwild Grinding Facility are.
The fire has also devastated more than 7,700 Edison customers in Edison in Southern Idyllwild area, according to a SCE online failure card. The full restoration was expected around 2pm on Thursday.
Authorities have also issued a smoke referral for the region, which indicated 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. The consultation will be in effect until Thursday morning.
A fire department information call center for the public was also set up at (909) 383-5688.
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