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Firefighters in Idyllwild are facing a burn decades overdue

IDYLLWILD, CA - JULY 26:  Firefighters work as the Cranston Fire burns in San Bernardino National Forest on July 26, 2018 near Idyllwild, California. Fire crews are battling in the midst of a heat wave.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
IDYLLWILD, CA - JULY 26: Firefighters work as the Cranston Fire burns in San Bernardino National Forest on July 26, 2018 near Idyllwild, California. Fire crews are battling in the midst of a heat wave. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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Police have arrested a man suspected of starting the Cranston fire. But one fire ecologist says it isn't what sparks the fire that's to blame, or even the hot air and dry winds. The problem is more than a century of unburned vegetation.

Read more on LAist.com: 'We Don't Know If We Have A Home.' Idyllwild Awaits Word Of Its Fate As Cranston Fire Burns