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Check in on Idyllwild’s Cranston Fire and Yosemite’s Ferguson Fire




The Rim Fire on August 25, 2013 threatens 4,500 homes outside of Yosemite National Park.
The Rim Fire on August 25, 2013 threatens 4,500 homes outside of Yosemite National Park.
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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

Guests: 

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