The beginning of the Cranston Fire. Photo by Pat Boss

The Cranston Fire was reported about 1 p.m. It has burned about 20 acres near the Forest Service's Cranston Station and is about 50 percent contained, according to Carol Underhill, the Forest Service information officer. The cause is under investigation

Highway 74 is closed to all traffic from Marshall on the west to Highway 243 on the east in Mountain Center. The highway is expected to be closed until approximately 7:00 pm according to Cal Trans. Motorists can call 1-800-427-ROAD (7623)

Helicopters battled the Cranston Fire on Highway 74 allegedly started by arson. The highway was closed from Mountain Center to Valle Vista for most of the afternoon on Sunday while fire personnel worked to get the fire under control. Photo by Jenny Kirchner

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More photos (all by Jenny Kirchner) of the firefighters combating the blaze.

Helicopter dropping water on the Cranston Fire. Photo by Jenny Krichner
Helicopters drew water every few minutes as the relentlessly battle the Cranston Fire on Sunday afternoon. Photo by Jenny Kirchner
Through the thick smoke, ground crews and helicopters contain the Cranston Fire. Photo by Jenny Kirchner
One member of the ground crew uses a fire hose to douse areas of the charred hillside. Photo by Jenny Kirchner
High up a hill off Highway 74, ground crews work at clearing fuels while helicopters put out fires and hot spots. Photo by Jenny Kirchner