A Temecula man in custody for allegedly sparking the wildfire that has destroyed five homes and burned through thousands of acres in the Idyllwild area is likely to face several additional charges when the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office files its complaint.
Few details have emerged publicly about Brandon N. McGlover, 32, who was arrested July 25 on suspicion of five counts of arson in connection with the Cranston fire. A possible motive for the alleged arson also remained a mystery.
McGlover was arrested about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of Newport Road and State Street, south of Hemet after witnesses told authorities they saw him start multiple fires, including the Cranston fire that had burned more than 7,000 acres as of Thursday night. At least one witness followed McGlover and provided a description of his car, allowing authorities to capture him.