ARSONIST ARRESTED FOR SETTING CRANSTON FIRE THREATENING IDYLLWILD AND OTHER MOUNTAIN TOWNS

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By Miriam Raftery

Photo: San Bernadino National Forest Service

July 26, 2018 (San Bernadino) – Brandon McGlover of Temecula has been arrested and charged with intentionally setting multiple fires in Riverside County including the raging #CranstonFire, Cal Fire reports. The wildland forest fire burning in San Bernadino National Forest has scorched over7,500 acres and is 5% contained, according to Cal Fire’s incident page.

Thousands have been forced to flee, with over 2,000 homes threatened and mandatory evacuations ordered for the entire towns of Idyllwild, Pine Cove, Fern Valley, Apple Canyon Garner Valley and other communities.

Governor Brown has declared a state of emergency due to the Cranston Fire, which has destroyed at least five homes, KTLA reports.

The National Weather Service tweeted that the Cranston Fire has produced a dramatic Pyrocumulonimbus cloud billowing 50,000 high, producing lightning off the anvil cloud visible from north San Diego County. (Photo, right, NWS)

The fast-moving wildfire produced some tense moments on roadways in the San Jacinto Mountains. KTLA reporter Elizabeth Espinosa tweeted late this afternoon, “Start praying friends…my newsvan & I have to shelter in place…we are caught between two major hotspots on the road.” (Photo, right, from Caltrans).

McGlover, the accused arsonist (booking photo, right) grew up in Oceanside, NBC 7 reports.  He may face additional charges as the investigation continues.

 

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