Published: Tue, September 11, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

California Fires: Massive Overnight Growth in Delta, Hirz Fires Prompt Mandatory Evacuations

California Fires: Massive Overnight Growth in Delta, Hirz Fires Prompt Mandatory Evacuations

A highway running the length of California remains closed near the OR border where a wildfire continues to rage. There were some reports that homes had burned but he could only confirm that an outbuilding and two mixed-use commercial and residential buildings had been damaged.

Truckers who rely heavily on I-5 to transport timber and other goods along the West Coast had the unenviable choice of waiting or taking a jammed detour that added 115 miles or so to their journeys.

The agency's website now recognizes 17 major wildfires burning across the state, with just one fully contained.

The U.S. Forest Service, which is leading the efforts to battle the four-day-old wildfire, reported Saturday morning that the fire above Shasta Lake near the community of Lakehead had grown by about 5,000 acres overnight to 36,970 acres, according to a Forest Service incident report.

The fire, which officials said was human-caused, forced the continued closure of Interstate 5 for almost 50 miles and leaving residents of the mountain areas on edge, ready to flee if necessary. The truck stop's facilities were stretched to their limits, cashier Jacob Chapman said Thursday afternoon.

She says the blaze has destroyed thousands of trees that could fall onto the roadway.

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"It's been ridiculously congested". As of Friday morning, there was zero containment of the fire as it raged northward.

Two "soft closures" have been established in areas of the blaze, now 5 percent contained, affecting the communities of Lakehead and Dunsmuir with certain conditions but the interagency fire management team notes that "visitors and tourists will not be granted access".

"They had a lot of ground troops- they just didn't have many people to manage them, so our people were in charge of crews", he said.

Dubbed the Delta Fire, the blaze was the latest outbreak to hit the region this summer, and was said by officials to have been triggered by arson.

A crew of 34 firefighters have touched down in New Zealand after spending nearly six weeks battling wildfires in California. That blaze, burning in oak woodlands, was 95 percent contained.

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.

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