Growing Northern California Wildfire Forces Evacuations | California fire | delta fire | forest

08 September, 2018, 22:05 | Author: Rachel Logan
  • Dramatic moment wildfire explodes along a California freeway

The fire was caused by human activity, but no additional details are now known.

Footage posted by KRCR-TV of Redding showed roaring flames and plumes of dark smoke as some trucks and cars were left abandoned on the side of Interstate 5. Kyle Foster of the California Highway Patrol's Mount Shasta office, About 17 big-rigs were abandoned along the interstate and at least four caught fire.

About 45 miles of the I-5 were closed in both directions, said Chris Losi, a spokesman for the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.

Along a section of California's busy I-5 freeway Thursday, crews removed the burned out remains of several big rigs that fell prey to the destructive blast of the Delta Fire. Numerous contingency firelines on the eastern side of the Hirz Fire may be used in the efforts to control the Delta Fire.

Wipari Henwood and his crew were driving through the small Californian town of French Gulch, evacuated in this past month's fires, when a white Ford pick-up truck swerved across in front of them and jammed on the brakes.

Follow the Shasta County Sheriff's Facebook page: "www.facebook.com/Shasta-County-Sheriffs-Office-1527637610823075/". The fire progressed primarily to the northwest, but it is also extremely active along the eastern edge between Interstate 5 and the Hirz fire. It's now 15,294 acres after first being reported on September 5 at 12:51 p.m., with 0 percent containment.

California Interagency Incident Management Team 5 (CIIMT5) is now managing the Delta Fire in addition to the nearby Hirz Fire which was winding down.

"There's vehicles scattered all over", Brandon Vaccaro of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection told the Redding Record Searchlight.

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The Delta Fire continues to impacting traffic in Shasta County today.

Either way, by Wednesday evening the fire had consumed nearly 8 square miles of forest on either side of I-5, growing so close to the interstate that truckers and motorists alike began abandoning their vehicles and fleeing the area on foot, reported Fox News.

The Forest Service said flames as tall as 300 feet were reported along the highway.

The Delta Fire 24 miles north of Redding, California has grown to approximately 22,000 acres according to the latest estimate from fire officials.

The fire began Wednesday and almost tripled in size overnight, officials said.

State Route 108 was closed from the Alpine-Mono county line to USA 395, which was already shut down in the mountainous region about 200 miles (320 kilometers) east of Sacramento, the California Department of Transportation said.

A scorched logging truck rests on Interstate 5 as the Delta Fire burns in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, California, near Shasta Lake on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018.

One of the two blazes was fully contained in August and residents have been allowed to return home.

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