Interstate to stay closed amid California fire

Interstate to stay closed amid California fire

A blaze that shut down a major highway and is burning out of control through timber and brush in northern California grew overnight.

The Delta Fire, the latest wildfire to chew through heavy brush and terrain in Shasta County at a rapid clip, has grown to almost 58 square miles and continues to burn without containment.

California's insurance commissioner said Thursday that victims of that fire and one in the Mendocino area - the two largest blazes in the state so far this year - have filed more than 10,000 claims so far totaling $845 million. Drivers fled in terror and several big-rigs burned Wednesday.

Meanwhile crews near California's border with Nevada gained minimal containment of another wildfire that closed highways on the edge of the Sierra Nevada. Interstate 5 usually swarms with trucks and traffic as it winds its way through California.

Rural homes and cabins in and around the forest were under evacuation orders, from the community Lakehead north to the Siskiyou County line, Losi said.

The wildfire, which started near Lake Shasta last Wednesday, has already burned through 25 square miles.

"They were the largest fires, and as soon as you bought those fires under control, they could re-deploy those firefighters to other areas within the larger area.up to Oregon, Washington and then down to Southern California".




The I-5 is still closed near Redding. As of Friday night, the fire is estimated to be 31,325 acres. Fire officials feared that once the inversion layer sitting over the fire cleared, the blaze would once again explode through the mountainous forest region, heading farther north toward Gibson, east toward Greens Mountain and west toward Damnation Peak.

Fire spokesman Brandon Vacarro says work crews have cleared away burned and abandoned trucks that littered the road after the swift-moving blaze erupted but they must also determine whether charred 70-foot (21-meter) trees along the road are in danger of falling.

Officials said that they will reasses the safety of reopening Interstate 5 on Friday morning.

Flames from a backfire burn around a fire truck battling the Delta Fire in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Calif., on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018.

"It isn't a lot of people", he said.

'Whatever occurred here was probably pretty ugly for a while'. Residents were urged to be prepared to leave if the fire threatened.

Most are either fully contained or close to containment.

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