A week-old wildfire near Idyllwild that has burned 13,139 acres, destroyed 12 buildings and damaged five others was 92 percent contained Wednesday evening, with full containment expected on Aug. 9.

Nearly 600 personnel were still battling the Cranston Fire, which began just before noon last Wednesday off Highway 74 in the San Jacinto Mountains between Hemet and Mountain Center, just east of the Cranston Fire Station. They are focused on holding and patrolling all containment lines and suppressing all fire sources located within 200 feet of containment lines, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

The cost of fighting the fire has been estimated at $20 million with the final cost estimated at $23 million, officials said.

Slightly cooler temperatures and increased humidity have aided in control efforts and “significant demobilization of resources has taken place with reassignment of many resources to assist other incidents,” according to the Forest Service.

“Southern California Edison continued their efforts to restore power,” officials said. “Caltrans is working to remove the hazard trees that remain along roadways.”

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department has lifted the evacuation of and restored full access to Idyllwild, Pine Cove, Fern Valley, Cedar Glen and the western portion of Garner Valley up to Lake View Drive at the Lake Hemet Market.

All evacuation orders are expected to be lifted at 8 a.m. Thursday, though proof of residency, business ownership or employment in the area will be required.

Emergency management officials warn those entering previously evacuated areas to watch for charred trees, utility poles and other debris on the roads. Residents are also being advised to throw away perishable food because of the loss of refrigeration.

All U.S. Forest Service lands in the San Jacinto Ranger District and the adjacent Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument were ordered closed to public entry for 30 days.

Highway 74 remains closed from the Hemet city limits to Lake View Drive and Highway 243 is closed from Lower Saunders Meadow Road to the intersection with Highway 74, but Caltrans announced that the highways would be partially reopened to residents, business owners and business employees starting at 8 a.m. Thursday.

Highway 74 will reopen from Lake Hemet to Mountain Center down to McGaugh Road with a pilot car escort, while Highway 243 will reopen from Highway 74 to Keen Wild, the San Jacinto Ranger Station in Idyllwild, also with a pilot car escort, according to Caltrans.

Three firefighters were injured last week battling the blaze, which authorities believe was deliberately set by a Temecula man who’s also accused of setting eight other blazes.

Brandon N. McGlover, 32, was arrested about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday near Newport Road and State Street in Hemet and charged two days later with 15 felony counts. He pleaded not guilty and is being held in lieu of $3.5 million bail pending a Sept. 24 felony settlement conference.

Several campgrounds and hiking areas within San Jacinto Mountains State Park remain closed. The public can call (909) 383-5688 for information on the closures.

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