California Wildfire Shuts Down 50-Mile Stretch of Busy Interstate to Oregon

The Delta Fire had grown to 2,000 acres by around 5:50 p.m., National Forest officials said.

Several trucks have burned up in the fire and hauling the burned vehicles from the fire will add to the time it takes for the interstate to open again, California Highway Patrol Sgt. Tim Hinkson said. The flames are forcing evacuations and leaving big rigs burnt to a crisp along Interstate 5. The fire front was up to three miles wide on the north side, with flame lengths estimated at 300 feet.

The Hirz Fire northeast of Redding is the largest fire still burning in California.

Authorities did not say in the statement how many people were affected by the evacuation order, but the fire is in a rural area with scattered homes.

An explosive wildfire that closed down dozens of miles of a major California freeway almost tripled in size overnight, just weeks after a nearby blaze that left neighborhoods in ruins and killed eight people, officials said Thursday.

Officials said the blaze was human-caused but didn't indicate whether it was arson or an accident.

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

The fire shut down miles of Interstate 5 and there was no immediate word on when it would reopen.

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Amtrak delayed its Coast Starlight service from Sacramento to OR because of the fire.

LAKEHEAD, Calif. - Firefighters and Shasta-Trinity National Forest officials are responding to a fire burning off of I-5, near Lakehead.

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

Smoke, fire and the Sacramento River fill a valley as the Delta Fire rages into the night near Delta, California on September 6, 2018.

Laurie said she noticed a truckload of hay on fire around 1:30 p.m. Shasta County Sheriff's deputies began evacuating North of Lakehead to the Shasta-Siskiyou county line.

'It isn't a lot of people, ' he said. It was only fully contained last week.

A fast-moving brush fire in Shasta County, California has quickly erupted in size and prompted the closure of Interstate 5 in both directions.

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