IDYLLWILD, California (KABC) –
On Wednesday, a bushfire broke out in the San Bernardino National Forest that led to evictions in Idyllwild, where 600 homes were under threat.
The fire spread rapidly under a mighty fire from Southern California heatwave. In the early evening, according to firefighters, it had spread to 4,700 acres with 5 percent containment.
Authorities arrested a 32-year-old Temecula man identified as Brandon N. McGlover for allegedly firing several fires in the area, including the Idyllwild flame. He was charged with five arson charges.
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The rapidly spreading flame, called Cranston Fire, ignited around noon. The fire burned near Highway 74 between Hemet and Mountain Center, according to the San Bernardino National Forest. Later he jumped onto Highway 243 as he spread further.
The authorities told eyewitness reports that around 600 homes were threatened by fire. At least five houses were destroyed. Mandatory evacuation orders were issued to all residents southeast of Highway 243, as well as Idyllwild, Apple Canyon, Hurky Creek, Bonita Vista, Lake Hemet Campgrounds and Fern Valley.
Idyllwild camps were evacuated, including Idyllwild Arts, Camp Maranatha, Idyllwild Pines, Astro Camp, Camp Emerson, and Tahquitz Pines.
Additional evacuations were in Mountain Center along McGaugh Road and McCall Park Road.
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#CranstonFire Evacuations extended to all over Idyllwilld, Pine Cove and Fern Valley.
– San Bernardino National Forest (@SanBernardinoNF) July 25, 2018
The following roads were closed due to the fire:
– Highway 74 between Cranston Fire Station and Lake Hemet  – Highway 243 between Pine Cove and Mountain Center
At Banning High School, 100 W. Westward Ave. an evacuation center was set up. in exile. Animals were evacuated to the San Jacinto Valley Animal campus at 581 S. Grand in San Jacinto.
Power failures have also been reported, with about 3,800 customers in the Idyllwild area without power. Updates were expected from Southern California Edison.
Domestic Empire temperatures were expected to triple-digit in some areas on Wednesday.
The Fire Department of San Bernardino County opened a fire department information call center to the public to get more information: (909) 383-5688
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