California wildfire shuts down major interstate highway

California wildfire shuts down major interstate highway

Another raging and rapidly growing wildfire this week in Northern California has prompted evacuations, road closings and a massive firefighting response, the US Forest Service said.

The fire is in a rural area with scattered homes.

The blaze was human-caused, officials said, without indicating whether it was arson or an accident.

The fast-moving fire forced truck drivers to abandon their rigs on the highway.

A fast-moving wildfire has shut down a almost 50-mile stretch of one the busiest freeways in Northern California, after it torched at least two big rigs and forced motorists to flee cars and trucks as the state endures one of its worst fire seasons.

The disclosures came as a roaring blaze in a rural area near the OR state line closed 45 miles (72 kilometers) of heavily traveled Interstate 5, the main highway from Mexico to Canada. - A wildfire on both sides of Interstate 5 has closed a almost 45-mile long stretch of the highway in Shasta County. Fire officials added that by Friday the wildfire could reach the area recently ravaged by the Hirz Fire, which is now 75% contained. Farther north, an evacuation warning was in effect for the town of Dunsmuir, advising some 1,600 residents to be ready to flee at a moment's notice.

Evacuations are being managed by the Shasta County Sheriff's Office.

The blaze Thursday along Interstate 5 has blackened 23 square miles (60 square kilometers), prompting mandatory evacuations.

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.

A contingent of 34 fire personnel arrived back at Auckland International Airport early on Saturday morning; another 65 firefighters return from fighting the Canadian fires on Sunday morning.

Sergeant Alex Walker, 28, of Burnham Army Camp, is greeted by Lieutenant-Colonel Terry McDonald on arriving back at Auckland International Airport after six weeks fighting the Carr and Hirz fires in California.

"There's vehicles scattered all over", Brandon Vaccaro, a public information officer for the Delta Fire said Wednesday.

This dramatic time lapse of the #DeltaFire will show the smoke plume and pyrocumulus cloud during the day, and the fire at night.

A new wildfire was raging in northern California on Friday, having already devastated nearly 25,000 acres (10,000 hectares) in just two days and continuing to spread.

The fire started Wednesday afternoon, forcing the closure I-5 northbound at Fawndale Road 10 miles north of Redding and southbound at Mott Road south of Mount Shasta.

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

One of the two blazes was fully contained in August and residents have been allowed to return home. The highway was closed on Wednesday as fire erupted on both sides.

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