Delta Fire In Shasta County Shuts Down I-5

Delta Fire In Shasta County Shuts Down I-5

Delta Fire In Shasta County Shuts Down I-5

Fire officials say a wildfire roaring through timber and brush on both sides of a Northern California highway tripled in size overnight, prompting mandatory evacuations.

Caltrans workers assist in removing a burned out truck along Interstate 5 during the Delta Fire near Delta, California in the Shasta Trinity National Forest on September 6, 2018.

California's Delta Fire has continued to spread, shutting down 50 miles of I-5 as passengers were forced to abandon their cars and flee to safety. Further north, dozer line along Middle Ridge is serving as a point for additional defensive firing operations in an effort to protect communities along the I-5 corridor, such as Castella and Dunsmuir.

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.

A 45-mile (72-km) stretch of the I-5, a key north-south route through the entire state, has remained closed since then, requiring traffic detours of up to 120 miles (193 km).

Some flames reached 300 feet in height, according to a U.S. Forest Service incident report.

"The topography here is very steep, with a lot of canyons and valleys that make it very hard for firefighters to work", he said.

'Whatever occurred here was probably pretty ugly for a while'. For this fire, determination of who is allowed through the soft closures rests with the Sheriff's office having jurisdiction over the evacuated areas within their respective counties.

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The blaze comes as the area is already grappling with the destruction and trauma from the devastating Carr Fire, which burned over 1,000 homes and led to the deaths of eight people this summer.

The Delta fire is believed to have been human-caused, but details aren't available at this time.

At least two people appear to have lost homes in the fire. There is now no containment on the fire.

It is one of the two parts of the Mendocino Complex Fire that grew to become the state's largest recorded wildfire in history.

'It's coming so close, please. we got to walk baby, ' she says through tears as trees burst into flames and sheets of fire roiled on the side of the roadway of Interstate 5.

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The blaze also delayed Amtrak's Coast Starlight train service between Sacramento and Oregon.

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