Wildfire in Shasta County burns 15000

Dramatic moment wildfire explodes along a California freeway

"We want to make sure these guys have something to come home to".

Meanwhile, truckers who rely heavily on the I-5 to transport timber and other goods along the West Coast had the unenviable choice of waiting or taking a jammed detour that added 115 miles (185 kilometers) or so to their journeys.

An up-to-date list of mandated evacuated areas is available, here.

It was near the site of the Carr Fire, which led to eight deaths and destroyed hundreds of homes in the city of Redding and nearby areas.

Bruce Palmer prepares to tow a truck scorched by the Delta Fire on Interstate 5 in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Calif., near Shasta Lake on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. The highway was closed on Wednesday as fire erupted on both sides.

The two fires destroyed or damaged a combined 8,800 homes and 329 businesses.

BREAKING: The #DeltaFire has forced the closure of I-5.

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

Dubbed the Delta Fire, the blaze was the latest outbreak to hit the region this summer, and was said by officials to have been triggered by arson. At least four tractor trailers caught fire along the stretch of I-5 and 17 big rigs were simply abandoned in the roadway. Kyle Foster of the California Highway Patrol's Mount Shasta office told the Los Angeles Times.

Interstate 5 remains closed for a almost 50-mile stretch as the Delta Fire continues to spread, now standing at almost 25,000 acres with zero containment.

The highway connects California, Oregon and Washington states and is the main thoroughfare for commercial trucks. 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. Interstate 5 has been closed in both directions, and mandatory evacuation orders have been issued in Shasta and Siskiyou counties.

U.S. Forest Service workers helped the driver of one flaming truck to safety and other truckers, firefighters and others aided other drivers, he said. There will be many drivers on the road, so motorists should expect delays.

The department had spent $432 million through the end of August, said Ken Pimlott of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

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

Officials must first determine if it's safe to resume travel on a 45-mile (72-kilometer) stretch of Interstate 5 near the OR state line. That's up from than 34 square miles (89 square kilometers) as of Thursday night. Farther north, an evacuation warning was in effect for the picturesque town of Dunsmuir, advising some 1,600 residents to be ready to flee at a moment's notice.

No victims have so far been reported, but authorities have ordered evacuations in three counties threatened by the fire, as firefighters dug trenches and started controlled burns to starve the blaze of fuel.

Elias reported from San Francisco.

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