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Cranston Fire: Looking at the arson investigation, air quality, evacuations and more




The Cranston Fire, seen near Idyllwild on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, broke out about noon and quickly grew to 1,200 acres.
The Cranston Fire, seen near Idyllwild on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, broke out about noon and quickly grew to 1,200 acres.
Photo courtesy of San Bernardino National Forest

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The fast-moving Cranston Fire in San Bernardino National Forest appears to have been caused by arson, according to fire officials.

The blaze has led to widespread evacuation orders to all of Idyllwild, Pine Cove and Fern Valley. The fire was started about noon Wednesday and quickly grew to more thousands of acres by nightfall. An arson suspect has been detained in association with the fire.

AirTalk provides you with the latest details, including looking at the arson investigation, the fire’s impact on air quality, and more.

To see a map of the current fire locations, click here.

To view current air quality conditions, click here.

With guest host Libby Denkmann

Guests:

Kyle Stokes, KPCC reporter who is at an evacuation center in Banning High School in Wilmington, California; he tweets @kystokes 

Tom Pierce, a fire investigator with Pierce Fire Investigations based in Bakersfield. He has been involved in fire service since 1974, and has worked with the National Fire Academy, the  California State Fire Marshal's Office, and many other law enforcement organizations

Char Miller, professor at Pomona College where he teaches in the environmental analysis and history departments

Tiffany Raridon, resident of Idyllwild