Local firefighters headed south to assist with fire in Riverside County

The Cranston Fire is under Unified Command between the USFS San Bernardino National Forest, CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department, Idyllwild Fire Protection District and the Riverside County Sheriffs Office.

Jerry Brown on Thursday issued emergency proclamations in both Riverside County in the south and Shasta County in the north. Fire engines also were stationed to protect homes.

To the north, in the San Francisco Bay Area, at least one home burned in a fast-moving fire in Clayton, where houses are spread out around windy roads.

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The fire erupted Wednesday and rapidly spread over 7½ square miles (19 square kilometers), forcing the evacuation of the entire town of Idyllwild, other communities and youth summer camps.

The hot and largely dry weather will further enhance the risk of new blazes into the beginning of August. It was threatening an estimated 600 homes, authorities said.

Evacuations were ordered in Mountain Center along McGaugh Road and McCall Park Road after the fire jumped Highway 243 near Idyllwild Grinding Facility, the Forest Service said via Twitter.

The fire quickly grew to 800 acres and growing, officials said.

The park itself is not in imminent danger, but the areas are being used for fire operations and are also filled with unhealthy amounts of smoke.

"We were all peeling out of there as fast as we could", he told KNBC-TV.

"We had one guest who planned a weeklong trip", said Tom Lambert, who owns a vacation rental property near Yosemite Valley.

Around 3,200 residents have been evacuated from Idyllwild, Mountain Center and other surrounding communities due to the suspected arson-caused fire, which has destroyed five homes and was 5 percent contained as of early Thursday afternoon.

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