Delta Fire Grows To More Than 36,000 Acres, Interstate 5 Remains Closed

The fire shut down miles of Interstate 5 and there was no immediate word on when it would reopen

"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". Overnight mapping determined that the fire has burned nearly 37,000 acres.

The Delta Fire 24 miles north of Redding, California on Friday added another 12,000 acres moving north, south, east, and west through the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.

According to the U.S. Forest Service, the evacuation shelters for the Delta fire have changed.

California accounts for 10 percent of all the acreage burned in the USA since 2000, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

Much of the effort has also focused on protecting scattered homes and small communities in the sparsely populated fire zone, but an unspecified number of homes have been destroyed, he said. East of Interstate 5 at Sims Flat, crews are using an existing Hirz Fire contingency line along Sweetbriar Ridge as an indirect control line for the Delta Fire to limit its northeastern spread.

This summer, more than a dozen fires burned at the same time throughout California, and the next month could see more fire activity as dried-out grass and Santa Ana winds potentially aggravate any fire that starts, the Los Angeles Times reported.

"I've been delayed a day and a half already", said one trucker.

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Shasta-Trinity National Forest spokeswoman Carol Underhill said she wasn't sure how people apparently escaped the abandoned trucks, but she said crews had been going through and trying to help drivers.

"We just want to thank our families for allowing us to go", he said. Farther north, an evacuation warning was in effect for the town of Dunsmuir, advising some 1,600 residents to be ready to flee at a moment's notice.

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

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

Authorities closed a major highway and issued evacuation orders to areas in the path of the expanding conflagration.

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

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