California's Delta Fire Engulfs Vehicles on Interstate 5

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

Numerous eastern Hirz Fire contingency lines may be used in the efforts to control the Delta Fire.

Chris Losi, a spokesman for the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, said rural homes and cabins in and around the forest were under evacuation orders, from the community Lakehead north to the Siskiyou County line. The fire front was up to three miles wide on the north side, with flame lengths estimated at 300 feet.

Several structures are under threat, but so far nothing has been damaged or destroyed. No injuries have been reported, but mandatory evacuations have been ordered.

I-5 is shut down from about 10 miles north of Redding to just under four miles south of Shasta. There is an evacuation center located at the Mt. Shasta Community Center, located at 629 Alder St.in Mt. Shasta.

Authorities said Friday that a 72-kilometre section of Interstate 5 would remain closed at least until Sunday. The agency warns motorists and truckers to avoid the region if possible. Truckers, firefighters and others aided more drivers.

Saturday's weather forecast for the Lakehead area calls for much calmer 2 to 6 miles per hour winds out of the north until late afternoon when they will be out of the south. East of Interstate 5 at Sims Flat, crews are using an existing Hirz Fire contingency line along Sweetbriar Ridge as an indirect control line for the Delta Fire to limit its northeastern spread. The road remained closed through Wednesday night and there was no immediate word on when the lanes would reopen. I-5 Southbound is closed at Mott Road.

The US Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Centre, campgrounds and other areas were evacuated. They are advising to take the State Route 89 detour, drive until they reach State Route 299.

The U.S. Forest Service said Friday the deadly blaze burning in the Mendocino area since July 27 killed a Utah firefighter, destroyed 157 homes and charred 717 square miles (1860 square kilometers).

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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'.

The fire broke out around 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon and is now burning at around 24 square miles with zero percent containment.

Predictive models of the coming month's fire activity suggest that, if wildfires start, they will likely grow rapidly and be more hard to contain, said Jessica Gardetto, a spokeswoman for the National Interagency Fire Center.

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. Their families set up accounts for them on the crowdfunding site, GoFundMe.

"We still have no help from the Forest Service or Cal Fire", said Groves, who is also a county supervisor.

"It's just going to be a mess out there on I-5", Hinkson said in a Facebook Live video from near the fire.

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