Delta Fire And I-5 Closure Bring Trucking To Near Standstill

Delta Fire And I-5 Closure Bring Trucking To Near Standstill

"Fire activity is beginning to back down in this area as it transitions into lighter fuels", fire officials said.

California fires continue to light up the Golden State, with the Delta Fire and Hirz Fire two of the latest wildfires in Northern California to impact residents, as well as travelers passing through the region thanks to I-5 closures.

Firefighters were also tired, moving from one major blaze to another, battling one of the last outbreaks of wildfires in California history. Orange circles have burned in the past 12 to 24 hours, and yellow circles have burned within the past 48 hours.

The fire also was disrupting train routes in the area and local schools, at least one of which evacuated.

Crews are now securing the fire along Dog Creek Road.

The Shasta County Sheriff's Office has issued mandatory evacuations for residents along the Interstate 5 corridor north of Redding.

"There is active fire close to the highway", she said.

The most recent wildfire, the Kerlin fire, began Tuesday and has so far burned 1,200 acres in the northern part of the state. The truckers are exhausted and just want to get going.

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The fire forced the chamber to cancel its annual State of Jefferson Brewfest for the first time in 26 years, Dinjes said. A second shelter is also operating the National Guard Armory, 618 Everitt Memorial Hwy in Mount Shasta, California.

UPDATE: Interstate 5 north of Redding remains CLOSED.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has responded to 4,587 fires that have destroyed 613,710 acres (248,359 hectares), compared with 4,425 fires that destroyed 233,936 acres (94,671 hectares) through the same period in 2017, according to figures from the agency.

The stretch of highway closed Wednesday as flames flanked the roadway and left the roadway littered with burnt and abandoned trucks.

The U.S. Forest Service says in a statement Friday the blaze is now 38 square miles (98 square kilometers).

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 blaze in California's Shasta-Trinity National Forest was burning out of control Saturday with crews scrambling to prevent it from reaching mountain communities.

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