Published: Sat, September 08, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

East Fork residents prep for Delta fire

East Fork residents prep for Delta fire

A roaring wildfire that has shut down a stretch of a major interstate in a rural area near the California-Oregon border almost doubled in size overnight.

A firefighter sprays the smoldering remains of a vehicle on Interstate 5 as the Delta Fire burns in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Calif., on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018. Wednesday evening the fire front was more than three miles wide on the northern side with 300-foot flame lengths.

No injuries have been reported, but evacuations have been issued on both sides of I-5 north of Lakehead to the Shasta-Siskiyou county line.

Crews managed to remove the burned hulks and abandoned rigs on Thursday but flames continued to burn along the edge of the road in some areas, fire spokesman Brandon Vacarro said. Officials say about 17 big-rigs were abandoned and at least four caught fire.

An explosive wildfire closed down dozens of miles of a major California freeway only weeks after a nearby blaze left neighborhoods in ruins and killed eight people.

The blaze also delayed Amtrak's Coast Starlight train service between Sacramento and Oregon.

California has been hit with one massive blaze after another over the summer, including a blaze not far from the Delta Fire that last month burned about 1,100 homes and killed eight people.

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. Areas east of Trinity River from Trinity Lake to Ramshorn Road are under advisory evacuation notice. It prompted mandatory evacuations and was moving rapidly but remained far from any large towns. Cal Fire has requested extra money in seven of the past 10 years, but never this early, according to the Department of Finance.

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For the city of Dunsmuir, it's just an evacuation warning, which means residents don't have to leave yet - but should be ready to, just in case.

A burned out truck sits along Interstate 5 during the Delta Fire near Delta, Calif.in the Shasta Trinity National Forest on September 6, 2018.

According to the US Forest Service: "Crews have worked to anchor the south end of the fire along Dog Creek".

Elsewhere in the state, a fire raging in the Sierra Nevada shut down stretches of USA 395, State Route 108 and the Pacific Crest Trail along the eastern spine of California.

"People are packing right now, just to be ready in case", he said. The Hirz Fire in Shasta-Trinity National Forest has burned an area of more than 46,000 acres, but was 75 percent contained as of Thursday morning.

A representative from the Shasta County Sheriff's Office could no immediately be reached for comment.

Authorities say that 45 miles of Interstate 5 will be closed until Friday due to the Delta Fire. It was only fully contained last week.

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