California wildfire closes major highway, burns out of control

Dramatic moment wildfire explodes along a California freeway

A stretch of a major highway near the California-Oregon border will remain closed through the weekend as crews try to tame a roaring wildfire burning on both sides of the north-south route, authorities announced today.

In northern Shasta County, above Shasta Lake, the Hirz Fire has burned through 46,150 acres and reached 75 percent containment as of Saturday morning, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

The Delta Fire was just reported on September 5 at almost 1 p.m. near the Vollmers exit on I-5 north of Lakehead, California.

California has been badly hit by forest fires in a hot and dry summer season, including the biggest fire in the western state's history, as well as many other major blazes that left more than a dozen people dead.

Northbound I-5 is now closed at Fawndale Road, north of Redding.

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.

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.

Happening now: A portion of Interstate 5 is closed near Redding for the Delta Fire. "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.

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


Also in the photo, the large red blob to the right is the location of the still-burning Hirz Fire.

Hundreds of firefighters responded to the blaze, which officials have reported was human-caused, but details are not yet clear.

"There's vehicles scattered all over", said Brandon Vaccaro with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

He said that while the New Zealanders were packing up to come home, a fire had started up in between two other blazes the crews had just managed to bring under control.

At least two people appear to have lost homes in the fire.

The Shasta County Sheriff's Office conducted evacuations on both sides of I-5 north of Lakehead to the Shasta/Siskiyou county line.

The Delta Fire, which broke out on Wednesday afternoon, tripled its size by Thursday morning, and by Thursday evening, it spread over more than 8,900 hectares without being contained at all.

"We just want to thank our families for allowing us to go", he said.

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