California's Delta Fire Engulfs Vehicles on Interstate 5

10 September, 2018, 03:02 | Author: Kim Reid
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California's Delta Fire in Shasta County tripled in size overnight, forcing the closure of Interstate 5 in both directions as flames engulfed vehicles and drivers abandoned at least 17 tractor-trailers.

According to fire managers at the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, the Delta fire was initially reported as three fires shortly after noon on Wednesday.

Unless the weather changes, that sharing is likely to increase especially on the southeast side of the Delta Fire north of Lakehead where there is the potential to have another 5 miles of common fire edge.

The Delta Fire has grown to almost 41,000 acres and continues to force the closure of a stretch of Interstate 5 this morning with another evaluation of the threat to public safety set to take place this afternoon, according to a Caltrans tweet.

"Northbound Interstate 5 is closed at the Fawndale exit approximately 10 miles north of Redding".

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The 45-mile (72-kilometer) stretch of highway near the state line with OR has been closed since a fire Wednesday turned hills both sides of the roadway into walls of flame.

Officials on Sunday will reevaluate whether to reopen the highway that traverses the entire West Coast from Mexico to Canada and serves as a main artery for commerce. The highway was closed on Wednesday as fire erupted on both sides.

"People are packing right now, just to be ready in case", he said.

'Whatever occurred here was probably pretty ugly for a while'.

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

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The two fires Thursday were raging just weeks after a blaze in the Redding area killed eight people and burned about 1,100 homes in a frightening start to the fire season.

"There's vehicles scattered all over", Brandon Vaccaro, a public information officer for the Delta Fire said Wednesday.

A fast-growing wildfire has spread to 24,000 acres in Northern California and fire crews have not yet been able to get a handle on it, officials said Friday.

It was largest fire in California state history, burning more than 459,100 acres. At least two trucks were partially melted. Southbound Interstate 5 is closed 3.6 miles south of Mt. Shasta at Mott Rd. Dozers are being mobilized to construct fuel breaks and control lines north of the fire front to assist with protecting life and property. Residents were issued an evacuation warning, urging them to be prepared to leave if the fire threatened.

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