Brush Fire Scorches 100 Acres Near Pinyon Pines as Cranston Fire Burns

A man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of setting multiple fires in southwest Riverside County, including one that has burned 4,700 acres in the Idyllwild area, according to officials.

In the state's far north, a 7-square-mile wildfire has forced the evacuation of French Gulch, a small Shasta County community that dates to the Gold Rush.

Flames erupted Thursday afternoon near Pinyon Pines in Riverside County as another fire continued to devastate the Idyllwild area about 23 miles west, authorities said.

Highway 74 was closed from Cranston Fire Station to Lake Hemet, and Highway 243 was closed between Pine Cove and Mountain Center, according to fire officials.

By Thursday, the fire was contained approximately 10 percent.

Helicopters and planes dumped water and fire retardant on the area.

Turkey told U.S. it opposes sanctions on Iran - foreign minister
The US sanctions on Iran will come to effect from November 4 and the US has asked all nations to cease importing oil from Iran. In May, Washington withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and pledged to re-impose sanctions on Tehran.

The San Bernardino National Forest had clouds that reached up to 50,000 feet, creating its own lightning storm as a result.

To the northeast, the Ferguson Fire forced the heart of the Yosemite National Park to close on Wednesday after the blaze burning just to the west jumped fire lines overnight, pouring thick smoke into the valley and forcing visitors to pack up camp and flee.

By 6:30 p.m., it had burned an estimated 3,000 acres and there was no containment.

46 people died in the fire and over 11,000 homes were destroyed, last year.

It was not clear if McGlover, who was being held on $1 million bail, had retained an attorney.

Officials emphasized that Yosemite wasn't in imminent danger from the fire, which grew to more than 67 square miles (173 square kilometers) in the adjacent Sierra National Forest.

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