Cranston fire near Idyllwild
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Cranston fire near Idyllwild

Cows graze as a DC-10 air tanker drops fire retardant on the Cranston fire burning along Highway 74 near Hemet Lake.

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An Orange County firefighter douses hotspots along the road above Highway 74 while battling the Cranston Fire in Idyllwild.

 (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

The Cranston fire has burned more than 11,500 acres in Idyllwild and forced the evacuation of thousands of residents. Above a burned car on McCall Park Road in Mountain Center.

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A helicopter drops a load of water as the air assault on the Cranston fire continues in Garner Valley in Lake Hemet, Calif.

 (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

Former firefighter Josh Whitney was able to save his McCall Road house, but the wildfire destroyed his lumber and sawing machines in an adjacent lot.

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Firefighters extinguish hot spots along Highway 74 near Mountain Center.

 (Stuart W. Palley / For The Times)

The Cranston fire burns on a hillside off Highway 74 near Mountain Center.

 (Stuart W. Palley / For The Times)

Smoke lingers after the Cranston fire burned through an area off Apple Canyon Road near Mountain Center.

 (Stuart W. Palley / For The Times)

A plane drops fire retardant as seen from Highway 74 near Mountain Center.

 (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

The Cranston fire burns Thursday near Mountain Center.

 (Stuart W. Palley / For The Times)

The Cranston fire burns off Apple Canyon Road near Mountain Center and Lake Hemet on Thursday afternoon.

 (Stuart W. Palley / For The Times)

A Cal Fire inmate crew captain cleans the windshield of his crew’s buggy after it was hit with flame retardant from an air tanker drop Thursday afternoon in Mountain Center.

 (Stuart W. Palley / For The Times)

Riverside County firefighters extinguish hot spots in the Cranston fire off Highway 74 near Mountain Center.

 (Stuart W. Palley / For The Times)

A road sign near Mountain Center lies on the ground after its wood support beams were destroyed in the Cranston fire.

 (Stuart W. Palley / For The Times)

Hand crews march to fight the Cranston fire raging along Highway 74 in Mountain Center.

 (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Steve and Suzanne Coffer hug in the driveway of their fire-retardent covered home that was saved from the brush fire. The Coffers have lived in Idyllwild for 40 years.

 (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

The Cranston fire rages near Mountain Center, viewed from Highway 74.

 (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

A helicopter makes a water drop on the Cranston fire raging along Highway 74 in Mountain Center.

 (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

A firefighter takes care of a hot spot surrounding a burned structure on Deer Foot Lane in Idyllwild.

 (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Structures on Deer Foot Lane burned by the fast-moving Cranston fire near Idyllwild.

 (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Structures on Deer Foot Lane burned by the fast moving Cranston fire in Idyllwild.

 (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Structures on Deer Foot Lane burned by the fast moving Cranston fire in Idyllwild.

 (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

The Cranston fire burns late Wednesday evening off Highway 243 near Idyllwild.

 (Stuart W. Palley / For The Times)

An Orange County Fire Authority firefighter hoses down a smoldering tree near homes off Marian View Drive in Idyllwild.

 (Stuart W. Palley / For The Times)

A structure destroyed by the Cranston fire smolders under a nearly full moon early Thursday morning.

 (Stuart W. Palley / For The Times)

Outbuildings and industrial equipment burn off McCall Park Road near Mountain Center early Thursday morning.

 (Stuart W. Palley / For The Times)

An Orange County Fire Authority firefighter hoses down a smoldering tree in Idyllwild late Wednesday evening as the Cranston fire burns nearby.

 (Stuart W. Palley / For The Times)

The Cranston fire burns late Wednesday evening  near Idyllwild off Highway 243.

 (Stuart W. Palley / For The Times)

A fire crew keeps an eye on the Cranston fire near the town of Idyllwild in the San Bernardino National Forest. Mandatory evacuations were ordered for Idyllwild, Pine Cove, Fern Valley and other areas.

 (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

Smoke from the Cranston fire clouds the skies over Highway 243, south of Idyllwild.

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The Cranston fire burns off Highway 74 near Idyllwild, forcing evacuations.

 (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles TImes)

A house is covered in pink fire retardant as the Cranston fire burns near the town of Idyllwild. The fire broke out on a day of extreme heat across Southern California.

 (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

A smoky haze fills the landscape in Idyllwild. The Cranston fire began about noon and spread rapidly, San Bernardino National Forest officials said. 

 (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
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