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Cranston Fire Road Closure

 

August 1, 2018 Riverside, California____  

California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) in partnership with the California Highway Patrol (CHP), Riverside County Sheriff, Riverside County Emergency Management, United States Forest Service, Cal-Fire, Riverside County Fire, Idyllwild Fire Department and Southern California Edison (So Cal Edison) are announcing the partial opening of State Route 74 and State Route 243 .

The Cranston Fire is 89% contained and has burned 13,139 acres to date.

State Route 74 remains closed from Valle Vista (east of Hemet) to Lake Hemet. State Route 243 remains closed from Lower Saunders Meadow to State Route 74.

BEGINNING TOMORROW, THURSDAY, AUGUST 2, AT 8:00 A.M., RESIDENTS, BUSINESS OWNERS AND EMPLOYEES OF BUSINESSES IN THE IDYLLWILD AND EVACUATED AREAS FOR THE CRANSTON FIRE WILL BE PERMITTED ON THE FOLLOWING SECTIONS OF State Route 74 AND 243.

SR 74 will reopen from Lake Hemet to Mountain Center down to Mc Gaugh Road with pilot car escort 24/7 until further notice. • SR 243 will reopen from SR 74 to Keen Wild (San Jacinto Ranger Station in Idyllwild) with pilot car escort 24/7 until further notice. Again, proof of residency and/or employment status is required.

All motorists must use the pilot car escort for access due to the continuing work of SoCal Edison, Caltrans and the fire crews.

Be advised that SoCal Edison will continue work to restore power to the area and will have traffic holds and flagging within the open sections of SR’s 74 and 243. Ames Construction will also be working to remove and reinstall guardrail, signs and other repairs on both routes. The CHP will be assisting Ames Construction and So Cal Edison employees with the pilot car and flagging operations.

Motorists are advised to follow all commands and instructions from the work crews and law enforcement. The speed limit will be reduced during the traffic control and pilot car escort and there will be occasional traffic holds within the work zones.

Please have patience and be aware that this will continue to be an active work zone in the coming weeks and that we are all working together to restore the communities as quickly as possible.

18-041b Residents are advised that power has not been restored to all areas and some areas that have power may experience rolling black outs. Caltrans is advising motorists that in the event of storm activity or any other unforeseen events, these roads are subject to closure.

Caltrans and California Highway Patrol will continue to provide updates when new information when it becomes available. We thank you for your cooperation and patience during the Cranston Fire and the recovery period. Our main priority is keeping you and your loved ones safe throughout this process.

National Weather Service (Flash Flooding): https://www.weather.gov/safety/flood-hazards Weather: http://www.weather.gov/ Road Closures: http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/ and http://www.rctlma.org/trans/ Riverside County Emergency Management: http://www.rvcfire.org San Bernardino National Forest closure: https://goo.gl/9hh 



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