• Route 243 Access Limited, Route 74 Partly Closed Due to Storm Damage

    The entire length of state Route 243 between Banning and Mountain Center remained closed Friday except to residents and business owners in the Idyllwild area, and a 15-mile segment of state Route 74 east of Hemet was shut down completely, because of collapsed road surfaces stemming from storm activity. “The 243 is only accessible to […]

  • Segments of Mountain Highway Fall Apart Amid Heavy Rains

    Sections of state Route 243 between Banning and Mountain Center collapsed Thursday amid heavy downpours and runoff, forcing public safety officials to close the mountain highway on both the north and south sides of Idyllwild. “The storm is not over yet, so we can’t fully assess the damage,” Caltrans District 8 spokeswoman Terri Kasinga told […]

  • Man Who Started Destructive Wildfire near Idyllwild Sentenced

    A Temecula man who ignited the 13,000-acre Cranston Fire south of Idyllwild pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of arson and was immediately sentenced to 12 years, four months in state prison. Brandon N. McGlover, 33, admitted the felony charges, as well as a sentence-enhancing allegation of causing damage to multiple structures as a result […]

  • Cranston Fire Victims Speaking Out Ahead of Idyllwild Strong

    Ahead of the Idyllwild Strong weekend, KMIR spoke with mountain residents Friday morning to see how the community is recovering. Decades of memories gone. Ernesto Ale was out of town when the Cranston Fire lit up the Idyllwild community. He got the devastating call from a friend. “She goes, your house is gone,” says Ale. Few […]

  • Cranston Fire 100 Percent Contained

    The Cranston Fire, which burned 13,139 acres in the San Bernardino National Forest, was fully contained more than two weeks after it was allegedly sparked by an arsonist, forest officials said Friday. The blaze, which began around noon July 25, broke out off Highway 74 in the San Jacinto Mountains between Hemet and Mountain Center, […]

  • KMIR and Walmart Partner to Donate to Evacuees and Firefighter Relief

    KMIR News and Walmart have partnered together to collect and donating toiletries, food, and drinks to evacuees and firefighters battling the Cranston Fire. The donations are being collected at the Hotel in Palm Springs. The V Palm Springs is playing host to some 200 firefighters while they battle the 12,300 acre blaze. The hotel provides […]

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