Wildfire Breaks Out Near Pinyon Pines In Riverside Co

Laverne Mann
July 27, 2018

A California man has been taken into custody on suspicion of arson, as firefighters have contained just 5 percent of the blaze that started Wednesday in the Idyllwild area in Riverside County.

The declarations issued Thursday state that hot temperatures, erratic wind and low humidity have increased the spread of both fires.

Flames erupted Thursday afternoon near Pinyon Pines in Riverside County as another fire continued to devastate the Idyllwild area about 23 miles west, authorities said.

In the state's far north, a 7-square mile (18-square kilometer) wildfire has forced the evacuation of French Gulch, a small Shasta County community that dates to the Gold Rush.

The San Bernardino National Forest Service reported that the fire has bruned 1,200 acres with zero percent containment. He was booked on five counts of arson.

It is now unknown whether he had a lawyer.

Cal Fire Law Enforcement Officers arrested Brandon McGlover, 32, of Temecula for allegedly setting multiple fires, including the Cranston Fire, in southwest Riverside County on Wednesday, according to a San Bernardino National Forest incident update. That includes covering homes in flame retardant.

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To the north, at least one home burned in another fast-moving blaze in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Some recreation areas in the National Forest had also been shuttered.

But officials with the park said that Yosemite wasn't in imminent danger.

Heavy clouds of smoke have been covering the San Jacinto Mountains.

A residence burns as the Carr Fire tears through Shasta, California.

The area around Idyllwild was the site of a massive wildfire in July 2013 that burned more than 27,000 acres. Fire engines also were stationed to protect homes.

Dozens of other large blazes, including the Ferguson Fire near Yosemite National Park, are charring hundreds of thousands of acres across the Western states, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

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