About 1:40 p.m., Aug. 30, shortly after the Rouse Fire started and Highway 74 was closed. Photo by Suzanne Avalon

The Rouse Fire, which started about 1:30 p.m. yesterday, Aug. 30 near the U.S. Forest Service's Cranston Ranger Station, was 100 percent contained as of Thursday evening, Aug. 31. The Fire's size was estimated to be about 14 acres, according to Lee Beyer, the U.S.F.S.'s incident contact.

The Fire started on the north side of Highway. 74 near its junction with Bee Canyon Road. Then spot fires ignited brush on the south side of the highway, causing its closure. Easterly winds pushed the fire west toward Forest Road 5S15 or Rouse Ridge Road, Beyer wrote describing the Fire.

Hwy 74 was opened in both directions last night. During the intial firefighting Wednesday afternoon, the highway was closed in both directions. Eventually, California Highway Patrol has reported a partial opening of Highway 74, with escorts.

The cause of the Fire is under investigation, according to the U.S.F.S.

Shortly after the fire was reported, the Air attack was involved in containing and stopping the blaze. Both helicopters carrying water and air craft capable of dropping fire retardant were used to combat the fire. At the peak nearly 200 firefighters were involved.

Overnight one engine and one crew maintained surveillance and crews will monitor the site for hot spots during today. Matt Ahearn, Battalion Chief on the San Jacinto Ranger District, was the incident commander.

A water bearing helicopter fighting the Rouse Fire near Cranston. Photo by Suzanne Avalon
Air attack plane dropping fire retardant on the Rouse Fire. Photo by Suzanne Avalon
Firefighters attacking the Rouse Fire near its initial burn site.
Photo by Suzanne Avalon