Wednesday, 26 September, 2018

Wildfire keeps major California highway closed for third day

Dramatic moment wildfire explodes along a California freeway 'OH MY GOD, I WANT TO GO!': Abandoned trucks litter highway as explosive California wildfire rages
Glenn Montgomery | 11 September, 2018, 03:03

A highway running the length of California remained closed for a fifth day Sunday near the OR border as a wildfire smothered rural forestlands in smoke and flame.

Cal Fire spokesman Capt. Brandon Vaccaro told the Los Angeles Times two single-family residences and two combination residential and commercial buildings have been destroyed by the fire.

"They were the largest fires, and as soon as you bought those fires under control, they could re-deploy those firefighters to other areas within the larger area.up to Oregon, Washington and then down to Southern California".

A raging wildfire burning in Shasta County has charred 15,294 acres as of Thursday morning, the U.S. Forest Service said. They said the fire is burning close to the highway, guard rails are destroyed, and thousands of trees pose a hazard of falling into the roadway.

The unrelenting flames have drained California's firefighting budget and prompted almost a billion dollars in property claims even before the start of the risky autumn fire season, officials said.

The blaze has devoured timber and brush on both sides of Interstate 5 - damaging several big rigs and forcing the closure since Wednesday of a 45-mile stretch of the freeway, which runs between Mexico and Canada.

Patience was running thin at the Pilot Travel Center in the town of Weed, near the northern end of the closure. By 3 a.m. Saturday at the Green Mountain weather station east of the fire conditions had settled down, with 3 miles per hour north and northeast winds and 32 percent humidity.

"It's been ridiculously congested".

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. "A lot of the truckers are upset". In fact, the fire was moving into an area already burned by a larger blaze called the Hirz Fire. "They're just stuck, they can't get through and they're sick of waiting around".

Happening now: A portion of Interstate 5 is closed near Redding for the Delta Fire.

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.

The Mendocino fire was expected to be fully contained by Sunday, more than six weeks after it started, officials said.

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