Interstate 5 to Remain Closed Until Further Notice, Caltrans Says

A fire rages as motorists travel on Interstate 5 near Lake Shasta Calif. Wednesday Sept. 5 2018

Flames from a backfire burn around a fire truck battling the Delta Fire in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Calif., on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. Cal Fire has requested extra money in seven of the past 10 years but never this early, according to the Department of Finance.

In this footage, firefighters on a train equipped with hoses and a water tank sprayed water from the train tracks on the slopes above and below.

The Hirz fire, burning east of interstate 5 is 46,000 acres in size and 95 percent contained.

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

Mandatory evacuations for residents along the Interstate 5 corridor from exit 707 at Vollmers north to exit 714 at Gibson also remained in effect Sunday.

Over the next few days, southeastern Idaho and northern Nevada will also be elevated to critical fire risk due to gusty winds and a drier air mass moving into the region. Reports by local media outlets and by CHP Officer Jason Morton on Thursday estimated this detour adds anywhere between three to eight hours of additional drive time. Overnight mapping determined that the fire has burned nearly 37,000 acres.

Evacuation shelters are setup at Mount Shasta Community Center, 629 Alder St., Mount Shasta; and Mercy Oaks, 100 Mercy Oaks Dr., Redding.

The Mendocino Complex fire burned over 459,000 acres and is the largest wildfire in the modern California history.

At least 12 homes were destroyed as a result of the Holy fire near the Cleveland National Forest in August. Evacuations have been issued for everything north of Vollmers/Delta to the Siskiyou County line. "We know what it like to have to leave and come home hoping to have something there".

The fire has residents of nearby Dunsmuir on edge, amid heavy smoke, said Richard Dinjes, executive director of the city's chamber of commerce.

On the fire's southeast side, near Riverview, firefighters are planning to use Middle Salt Creek as their southernmost control line.

Map of the Delta Fire showing the perimeter at 1 a.m. PDT September 8, 2018.

The underbrush is being removed with a combination of bulldozers and hand tools, as well as controlled burning operations, Captain Brandon Vaccaro, a spokesman for the Delta fire incident command, said.

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