PINYON PINES (CBSLA) – Yet another wildfire has erupted in Riverside County’s San Jacinto Mountains, this one near the community of Pinyon Pines. The Ribbon Fire. July 26, 2018. (CAL Fire) The Ribbon Fire broke out near Highway 74 and Ribbonwood Drive sometime before 11:45 a.m. Thursday, according to CAL Fire. As of 1:30 p.m., the blaze had spread to 100 acres and was 0 percent contained. No evacuations had yet been issued. There was no word on a cause to the fire. This comes after the 4,700-acre Cranston Fire broke out Wednesday near the community of Idyllwild, also in the San Jacinto Mountains. The Cranston Fire broke out off Highway 74, between Hemet and Mountain Center, which is located about 30 miles northwest of Pinyon Pines. More than 3,000 people have been evacuated. A 32-year-old man has been arrested on felony arson charges in connection with the blaze, which has destroyed at least five homes.
IDYLLWILD (CBSLA) – A fast-growing wildfire in the rural Riverside County community of Idyllwild in the San Jacinto Mountains has forced evacuations Wednesday afternoon. (LoudLabs) The Cranston Fire broke out sometime before noon off Highway 74, between Hemet and Mountain Center. By 2 p.m., the fire had grown to about 800 acres, the U.S. Forest Service reports. Mandatory evacuations had been issued for southwest Idyllwild. It’s unclear if any structures were threatened. Evacuations are ordered at Inspiration Point moving East along Double View all the way to HWY 243. IFPD – FF https://t.co/I779pfOn6k — Idyllwild Emergency (@IdyllEmergency) July 25, 2018 The fire was growing at a “rapid rate of spread,” the San Bernardino National Forest tweeted. Highway 74 between the Cranston Fire Station and Lake Hemet was closed. Highway 243 between Pine Cove and Mountain Center was also closed. Firefighters were CAL Fire and USFS were battling the blaze. The cause of the fire was not known. #cranstonfire @SanBernardinoNF from Hemet pic.twitter.com/wVTpKg7ICH — Grace Blair (@graciiegirl08) July 25, 2018
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Fast-Spreading Wildfire Forces Evacuations In Idyllwild
GRIFFITH PARK (CBSLA) – A suspicious item has forced the evacuation of the Griffith Observatory in Griffith Park, a popular attraction for thousands of tourists per day. According to Los Angeles police, the observatory was evacuated sometime before 2:10 p.m. due to a suspicious item. No further details were confirmed. An LAPD bomb squad was on scene. Refresh this page for updates.
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Suspicious Item Evacuates Griffith Observatory
LEIMERT PARK (CBSLA) – A hit-and-run driver was captured after injuring two pedestrians in downtown L.A. and then leading police on a pursuit into Leimert Park early Friday morning that ended in wreck. The incident began sometime before 4:30 a.m. when the suspect struck two pedestrians in the area of Maple Avenue and 5th Street in Skid Row and refused to stop. (CBS2) The collision was witnessed by a Los Angeles police officer, who attempted a traffic stop. However, the driver sped away and a pursuit ensued, police said. The approximately six-mile chase wound its way into Leimert Park, where the suspect slammed into another vehicle in the 4000 block of Leimert Boulevard. The driver got out and ran, but was caught by officers after a foot chase. His name was not released. The two pedestrians were taken by ambulance to a hospital and were listed in stable condition, police said. The occupants of the vehicle which was struck by the suspect in Leimert Park were not hurt.