The Cranston Fire in Idyllwild has burned more than 4,700 acres, and at just 5-percent containment. Over 2,000 homes and 3,2000 people have been evacuated.
In Northern California, Yosemite Valley is also experiencing evacuations due to the Ferguson fire. The national park was closed at noon Wednesday during the height of tourist season as smoke cast a pall on the region from a fire in the Sierra Nevada.
Over nearly two weeks, flames have churned through 60 square miles of timber in steep terrain just west of the park. The fire was only 25 percent contained. Mandatory evacuations are now in place in several communities while other people have been told to get ready to leave if necessary.
We check in on both fires.
With files from the Associated Press
With guest host Libby Denkmann
Jacob Welsh, public information officer for the Ferguson Fire with the US Forest Service
Lyn Sieliet, public information offices for the San Bernardino National Forest
Sam Atwood, spokesperson at the South Coast Air Quality Management District
Afif El-Hassan, M.D., volunteer physician with the American Lung Association; he is also a pediatrician and asthma doctor at Kaiser Permanente in Orange County