This evening, the Incident Management Team reported that the Cranston Fire held to 13,100 acres today, Saturday, but containment improved to 29 percent. The Cranston Fire Update reported, “Great strides were made toward containment of the fire with crews mopping up to prevent escape.”
This was probably aided by the addition of another 400 firefighting resources, which brings the total to more than 1,742.
The current concerns according to the report, are "Continued active fire spread to the east in Garner Valley, especially outside of the 2013 Mountain Fire footprint. Concerns exist for unburned pockets within fire perimeter, particularly ranchettes and WUI areas. Fire is hung up on South Ridge with isolated heat sources outside of retardant lines where rollout has been a concern."
The weather forecast warns of possible thunderstorms and the danger of shifting winds."… will help the fire move to the east, especially north and south of the Mountain fire footprint. There is potential for the fire to provide rollout towards Idyllwild or move into the Mt. San Jacinto State Park, especially if winds have more of a southerly component or outflow winds are experienced from thunderstorms."
As of Saturday evening, there has been no change in the evacuation orders, but for the first time, the IMT has mentioned it, The incident management team is strategizing a plan for repopulation of the communities impacted by the fire. This will be done in a methodical process to ensure the safety of the residents and responders on the incident.”
The Riverside Sheriff's station(951-791-3400) is conducting evacuations of these areas:
Apple Canyon Area
Camp Scherman Girlscout Camp
Hurkey Creek Area
Lake Hemet Area
Mountain Center Community
Mt San Jacinto State Park
A evacuation center has been setup at Banning High School (100 W. Westward Ave. Banning, CA) and Hamilton High School (57430 Mitchell Rd. Anza, CA)