Northern California Wildfire Triples in Size Near Redding

The Delta Fire burns in the Shasta Trinity National Forest Calif. on Wednesday Sept. 5 2018. Parked trucks lined more than two miles of Interstate 5 as both directions remained closed to traffic

The Delta Fire burns in the Shasta Trinity National Forest Calif. on Wednesday Sept. 5 2018. Parked trucks lined more than two miles of Interstate 5 as both directions remained closed to traffic

Delta and Hirz fires Red circles on this live-updating map are actively burning areas, as detected by satellite. Overnight mapping determined that the fire has burned nearly 37,000 acres. And there have been no reports of injuries or fatalities associated with the fire.

About 45 miles (72 kilometers) of I-5 were closed in both directions, Losi said.

A long stretch of Interstate 5 (I-5), a major highway that runs the length of the West Coast from Canada to Mexico, was closed to prevent motorists from being trapped by the blaze. The agency warns motorists and truckers to avoid the region if possible. Drivers are advised to use an alternate route. The 140-mile detour on Hgihway 299 to Route 89 is also bumper-to-bumper the entire route due to heavy traffic flow and a traffic incident early today.

He said the winding, mountain roads funnel to one lane each way at many points, and traffic often slows to 1 miles per hour.

A decision was expected Friday on when to reopen the highway.

Update: 1:30 p.m.

The I-5 is still closed near Redding. It's unclear when the lanes will reopen.

The Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center, campgrounds and other areas were evacuated Wednesday.

The U.S. Forest Service said Friday the deadly blaze burning in the Mendocino area since July 27 killed a Utah firefighter, destroyed 157 homes and charred 717 square miles (1860 square kilometers).

Fire trucks pass the Delta Fire burning in the Shasta Trinity National Forest Calif. on Wednesday Sept. 5 2018. Parked trucks lined more than two miles of Interstate 5 as both directions remained closed to traffic
'OH MY GOD, I WANT TO GO!': Abandoned trucks litter highway as explosive California wildfire rages

'There's vehicles scattered all over, ' Brandon Vaccaro with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said. "Whatever occurred here was probably pretty ugly for a while".

The fire ripped onto I-5 Wednesday afternoon, forcing frantic drivers to abandon their vehicles, including several big rigs.

The fire, which officials said was human-caused, forced the continued closure of Interstate 5 for almost 50 miles and leaving residents of the mountain areas on edge, ready to flee if necessary.

It comes just weeks after a devastating fire destroyed almost 1,100 homes and killed eight people in the same area.

The Shasta County Sheriff's Office said numerous structures are threatened by the fire and at least three homes have been damaged or destroyed. At least two trucks were partially melted. Their families set up accounts for them on the crowdfunding site, GoFundMe.

One of the New Zealand firefighters, Wipari Henwood, said crews would often work 16 hour days in gruelling conditions.

"We just want to thank our families for allowing us to go", he said.

Steinberg says they were mesmerized by the fire, but eventually realized the danger it presented. By Thursday evening, it had scorched 22,000 acres and was 0% contained.

Officials did not immediately say how many people the evacuation order affected.




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