Power outages triggered by the Cranston Fire near Idyllwild have forced the closure of the only public library in Anza, but Riverside County officials said Wednesday that an alternative location is available for library patrons to visit while the library is shuttered.
The Riverside County Library System closed the Anza Public Library on Mitchell Road last week after the wildfire erupted in the San Bernardino National Forest, damaging two miles of Southern California Edison electrical transmission lines and knocking out power to homes and businesses throughout the area.
“It will take an undetermined amount of time to rebuild the structures before power can be restored,” according to Anza Electrical Cooperative. “Currently, we have five large generators hooked up so that we can run the majority of the system continuously.”
RCLS officials said a temporary space has been established at the Anza Community Hall, 56630 Highway 371, to serve library customers on Thursday and Saturday.
Library staff will be on hand to supply materials, check out and accept book returns, as well as process applications for library cards, according to officials.
They said patrons seeking specific titles can still put in requests for them to be delivered to other county library branches for pickup.
There will be Wi-Fi Internet hotspots at the community center, which also doubles as a cooling relief station during periods of excessive heat, and three public computers with a printer will be available to library cardholders.
Thursday’s hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday’s hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m
Officials said the Idyllwild Public Library is back in operation after a five-day shutdown stemming from a mandatory evacuation of the community that has since been lifted.
The Cranston Fire was allegedly intentionally set on the afternoon of July 25 by a Temecula man now in custody. The blaze has consumed just over 13,000 acres and is 89 percent contained.