Firefighters continue to battle troublesome Cranston fire near Idyllwild

More than 1,000 firefighters from across California continued to battle the Cranston fire near Idyllwild Friday morning, with the fast-moving, wind-driven blaze having eaten up about 7,500 acres since it ignited Wednesday just before noon.

The latest estimate, from Thursday evening, has the fire still at 5 percent containment.

Friday’s attacks on the blaze might be fought more than usual from the air and with hand crews, because the fire had began pushing southeast toward an unpopulated, federally designated wilderness area that is inaccessible to vehicles, fire officials said.

  • A truck passes a burning tree as it sends embers into the air and on HWY 74 north of Lake Hemet as the Cranston fire grows to over 7,500 acres in the San Bernardino National Forest in Mountain Center on Thursday, July 26, 2018. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • The full moon rises in the colorful smoke from the Cranston fire in the San Bernardino National Forest above Lake Hemet on Thursday, July 26, 2018. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

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  • A burning tree sends embers into the air on HWY 74 north of Lake Hemet as the Cranston fire grows to over 7,500 acres in the San Bernardino National Forest in Mountain Center on Thursday, July 26, 2018. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Brush trucks make their way along HWY 74 after battling the Cranston fire in Mountain Center area in the San Bernardino National Forest in Lake Hemet on Thursday, July 26, 2018. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • An art attack tanker lines up to make a retardant drop on the Cranston fire above Camp Keene Road along HWY 74 north of Lake Hemet in the San Bernardino National Forest in Mountain Center on Thursday, July 26, 2018. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • A CalFire firefighter loads up a hose after filling the brush truck with water at Lake Hemet as the Cranston fire still grows in the San Bernardino National Forest in Mountain Center on Thursday, July 26, 2018. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Mountain Center residents Josh Thomas, left and son Tristan Thomas, above talk others in the parking lot of the Lake Hemet Market as they watch a helicopter make a drop on the Cranston fire in the San Bernardino National Forest in Lake Hemet on Thursday, July 26, 2018. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • A water dropping helicopter makes a drop on the Cranston fire above Camp Keene Road along HWY 74 north of Lake Hemet in the San Bernardino National Forest in Mountain Center on Thursday, July 26, 2018. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • A water dropping helicopter flies back to Lake Hemet to reload to make another drop on the Cranston fire burns above Camp Keene Road along HWY 74 north of Lake Hemet in the San Bernardino National Forest in Mountain Center on Thursday, July 26, 2018. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Riverside County CalFire firefighter Matt Lathrop hoses down hotspots in the back porch of home near Mountain Center as Cranston fire continues to grow in the San Bernardino National Forest Thursday, July 26, 2018. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • A structure burn near Mountain Center as Cranston Cranston fire continues to grow in the San Bernardino National Forest Thursday, July 26, 2018. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Lawn furnitures burn at a home near Mountain Center as Cranston Cranston fire continues to grow in the San Bernardino National Forest Thursday, July 26, 2018. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Deer move away from the fire as Cranston fire burning near Mountain Center on Thursday, July 26, 2018. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Riverside County CalFire firefighter Matt Lathrop hoses down hotspots in the back porch of home near Mountain Center as Cranston fire continues to grow in the San Bernardino National Forest Thursday, July 26, 2018. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Structures burn along Highway 74 near Mountain Center as Cranston fire continues to grow in the San Bernardino National Forest Thursday, July 26, 2018. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • A firefighter sprays water onto a structure at Crossroads Church as firefighters battle the Cranston fire on Thursday, July 26, 2018. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Santa Clara County firefighter Chuck Springmeyer sprays water over a spot fire burning next to Crossroads Church in Mountain Center during Cranston fire on Thursday, July 26, 2018. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Firefighters battle a spot fire burning next to Crossroads Church in Mountain Center during Cranston fire on Thursday, July 26, 2018. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Brandon N. McGlover, 32, of Temecula, was arrested July 25, 2018, on suspicion of arson in connection with the Cranston fire near Idyllwild. (Courtesy of Cal Fire)

  • A CalFire fighter hosed down hot spots on one of the homes on Deer Foot Lane burned in the fast moving Cranston fire in the San Bernardino National Forest in Idyllwild on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • A plane makes fire retardant drop over Cranston fire burning near Idyllwild on Thursday, July 26, 2018. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Cranston fire burning near Idyllwild on Thursday, July 26, 2018. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Cranston fire burning near Idyllwild on Thursday, July 26, 2018. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Cranston fire burning near Idyllwild on Thursday, July 26, 2018. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Cranston fire burning near Idyllwild on Thursday, July 26, 2018. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Firefighters battle a spot fire burning next to Crossroads Church in Mountain Center during Cranston fire on Thursday, July 26, 2018. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • A firefighter works as the Cranston fire burning near Idyllwild on Thursday, July 26, 2018. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • A CalFire firefighter puts out hotspots burn along Highway 243 in Mountain Center during the Cranston fire on Thursday, July 26, 2018. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • A fire vehicle makes its way up a canyon as the ground smolders near Saunders Meadow Road during the Cranston fire in Idyllwild on Thursday, July 26, 2018. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • A Hotshot firefighter watches as Cranston fire grows to over 1,200 acres in the San Bernardino National Forest above Hemet on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • The Ribbon fire was burning near the community of Pinyon and 25 miles from the Cranston fire. (Courtesy Cal Fire/Riverside County)

  • Restaurant owner Nam Kim and son, Jason, 31, make food to feed emergency personnel at Mile High Cafe during the Cranston fire burning near Idyllwild on Thursday, July 26, 2018. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Una casa incendiada a causa del fuego que arrasa a las montañas de San Jacinto. TERRY PIERSON/SCNG
    home on Deer Foot Lane burns into the night as the Cranston fire slows in the cool night air after during more than 3,500 acres in the San Bernardino National Forest in Idyllwild on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • A fire vehicle makes its way up a canyon as the ground smolders near Saunders Meadow Road during the Cranston fire in Idyllwild on Thursday, July 26, 2018. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Firefighters on standby in Idyllwild town as smoke from Cranston fire blankets the sky on Thursday, July 26, 2018. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Riverside County Transportation Department operators Justin Kenny, left, and Jody Posey remove a fallen road sign along Saunders Meadow Road, as the crew work to keep the roads clear and safe for emergency vehicles during Cranston fire burning in Idyllwild on Thursday, July 26, 2018. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Idyllwild residents Brighten Millhouse, 14, and dad, Jon, rescued a rattlesnake near their home from the Cranston fire burning in Idyllwild on Thursday, July 26, 2018. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Resident Lance Fogle stocks up on gas at Chevron gas station in Idyllwild town as Cranston fire burning in the San Jacinto Mountains on Thursday, July 26, 2018. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Firefighters on standby in Idyllwild town as smoke from Cranston fire blankets the sky on Thursday, July 26, 2018. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Tamara Friemoth, right, whose family owns this Chevron gas statio, takes a a call from a customer as daughter, Tyla, 22, tends to firefighters during the Cranston fire burning near Idyllwild on Thursday, July 26, 2018. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Idyllwild Town Monument is silhouetted by smoke from the Cranston fire burning near Idyllwild on Thursday, July 26, 2018. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Pine Cove resident Ray Vreeland, 27, looks over the blanket of smoke from the Cranston fire burning near Idyllwild on Thursday, July 26, 2018. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Firefighter Leonard Dimaculangan walks through the thick smoke along HWY 74 from the Cranston fire. The SCAQMD and the Riverside Department of Health have warned residents who can smell smoke to stay indoors. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Two chairs are left on a rock over looking the valley below behind one of the homes which was a complete loss in the Cranston fire on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Fire engines and brush trucks wait to refuel at the Chevron station the only business open late night in Idyllwild during the Cranston fire so firefighters could refuel and get a bite to eat in the San Bernardino National Forest in Idyllwild on Wednesday, July 26, 2018. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Firefighters refuel the trucks and get a bite to eat at the Chevron station the only business open late night in Idyllwild during the Cranston fire so firefighters could refuel and get a bite to eat in the San Bernardino National Forest in Idyllwild on Wednesday, July 26, 2018. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • A home on Deer Foot Lane burns into the night as the Cranston fire slows in the cool night air after during more than 3,500 acres in the San Bernardino National Forest in Idyllwild on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • CalFire’s air attack tankers made a retardant drop which saved homes from the Cranston fire as it grows to over 3,500 acres in the San Bernardino National Forest in Idyllwild on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • A CalFire fighter walk up Deer Foot Lane past one of the four structors burned during the fast moving Cranston fire as it grows to more than over 3,500 acres in the San Bernardino National Forest in Idyllwild on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • CalFire firefighters walk back to their brush truck through the burnt landscape around them at the 3,000ft. maker from the Cranston fire that burned more than 3,500 acres and four structures in the San Bernardino National Forest above Hemet on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Sheriffs and CalFire investigators look over the starting point at 3,000ft. maker as the Cranston fire jumped from 25 acres to over 3,500 acres in the San Bernardino National Forest above Hemet on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG

  • Firefighter Leonard Dimaculangan walks through the thick smoke form along HWY 74 as the Cranston fire grows to over 3,500 acres in the San Bernardino National Forest above Hemet on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Flames from the fast moving Cranston fire more than 60 ft. high jump HWY 74 at the top of the hill as it grows to over 3,500 acres in the San Bernardino National Forest above Hemet on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • CalFire Riverside County Station 23 hoses down hot spots around some of the homes saved on Deer Foot Lane during the fast moving Cranston fire as it grows to more than over 3,500 acres in the San Bernardino National Forest in Idyllwild on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • CalFire fighter/paramedic Kyle McDermott of Beaumont Station 66 hosed down hot spots on one of the homes on Deer Foot Lane burned in the fast moving Cranston fire as it grows to more than over 3,500 acres in the San Bernardino National Forest in Idyllwild on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • CalFire fighter/paramedic Kyle McDermott of Beaumont Station 66 hosed down hot spots on one of the homes on Deer Foot Lane burned in the fast moving Cranston fire as it grows to more than over 3,500 acres in the San Bernardino National Forest in Idyllwild on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • CalFire fighters walk past and look at one of the homes that was unable to be saved on Deer Foot Lane during the fast moving Cranston fire as it grows to more than over 3,500 acres in the San Bernardino National Forest in Idyllwild on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • A CalFire fighter hosed down hot spots on one of the homes on Deer Foot Lane burned in the fast moving Cranston fire as it grows to more than over 3,500 acres in the San Bernardino National Forest in Idyllwild on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • A Del Rosa Hotshots crew waits to be deployed to the fire line as the The Cranston fire grows to more than over 3,500 acres in the San Bernardino National Forest in Idyllwild on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • A CalFire helicopter makes a water drop in heavy smoke on the fast moving Cranston fire along HWY 74 as it grows to over 1,200 acres in the San Bernardino National Forest above Hemet on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Flames from the fast moving Cranston fire more than 40 ft. high jump HWY 74 as it grows to over 1,200 acres in the San Bernardino National Forest above Hemet on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • A brush truck engineer looks over his truck as the Cranston fire burns above HWY 74 in the San Bernardino National Forest above Hemet on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • A CalFire helicopter makes a water drop as plumes of smoke from the fast moving Cranston fire fill the sky above HWY 74 as it grows to over 1,200 acres in the San Bernardino National Forest above Hemet on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Firefighter Leonard Dimaculangan watches his back fire burn away from HWY 74 to fight the Cranston fire as it grows to over 1,200 acres in the San Bernardino National Forest above Hemet on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • A CalFire brush crew makes it way through smoke to fight the fast moving Cranston fire along Highway 74 in the San Bernardino National Forest above Hemet on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Flames from the fast moving Cranston fire more than 40 ft. high jump HWY 74 as it grows to over 1,200 acres in the San Bernardino National Forest above Hemet on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Firefighters stay hydrated as they battle the fast moving Cranston fire along HWY 74 as it grows to over 1,200 acres in the San Bernardino National Forest above Hemet on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Firefighter Leonard Dimaculangan watches his back fire burn away from HWY 74 to fight the Cranston fire as it grows to over 1,200 acres in the San Bernardino National Forest above Hemet on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • The Cranston fire jumped from 25 acres to hundreds of acres within minutes, according to tweets from the San Bernardino National Forest above Hemet on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • A Hotshot firefighter watches as Cranston fire grows to over 1,200 acres in the San Bernardino National Forest above Hemet on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • A CalFire firefighter from Prado 305 keeps watch as investigators look over the starting spot at 3,000 ft maker as the Cranston fire jumped from 25 acres to over 1,200 acres in the San Bernardino National Forest above Hemet on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • A CalFire brush crew makes it way through smoke to fight the fast moving Cranston fire along HWY 74 as it grows to over 1,200 acres in the San Bernardino National Forest above Hemet on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Flames from the fast moving Cranston fire more than 40 ft. high jump HWY 74 as it grows to over 1,200 acres in the San Bernardino National Forest above Hemet on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Firefighters stay hydrated as they battle the fast moving Cranston fire along HWY 74 as it grows to over 1,200 acres in the San Bernardino National Forest above Hemet on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

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The severity of the fire has prompted Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency for the Riverside County area.

Some mountain communities are under mandatory evacuations:

  • The Apple Canyon area
  • Cedar Glen
  • Camp Scherman Girl Scout Camp
  • Fern Valley
  • Hurkey Creek Area
  • Idyllwild
  • The Lake Hemet area
  • Mountain
  • Mt San Jacinto State Park
  • Pine Cove

Despite the orders, some people in the small towns that dot the San Jacinto mountains have so far decided to remain at their homes.

“We came back to see what we can do and how to help,” said Tyla Friemoth, 22.

Her family owns the Idyllwild Chevron gas station and on Wednesday night and all Thursday, she and her family opened the doors to provide firefighters and residents fuel, snacks and other amenities.

Friday morning, Congressman Raul Ruiz will attend a briefing and tour portions of the burned area. Ruiz will then visit families forced to leave their homes who are now staying at a Banning evacuation center.

Brandon N. McGlover, 32, of Temecula, was arrested shortly after the Cranston fire was reported on Wednesday, July 25, accused of sparking the wildfire that so far has destroyed at least five homes. A possible motive has not been disclosed by the authorities.

The fire has led to the closure of several recreational areas and trails, including the Desert View Trail, the Little Round Valley Campground and the Long Valley Trail in Mt. San Jacinto State Park; and the Dark Canyon and the Deer Springs campgrounds and Deer Springs Trail to Suicide Rock 3E17 to 3E33, and Devil’s Slide Trail in the San Bernardino National Forest.

Highway 74 remained closed from the Cranston Fire Station to Highway 371. Highway 243, leading into Idyllwild, also remained shuttered  from Highway 74 to Banning.

Please check back for updates. This is a developing story.

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