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. But the interstate was expected to open Sunday. A second shelter is also operating the National Guard Armory, 618 Everitt Memorial Hwy in Mount Shasta, California.
Authorities said Friday that a 72-kilometre section of Interstate 5 would remain closed at least until Sunday.
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. Morton said the 140-mile detour on Highway 299 to Route 89 has been bumper-to-bumper the entire route. There will be many drivers on the road, so motorists should expect delays. Official will re-evaluate safety conditions this morning and a decision on reopening the freeway will be made this afternoon.
Update: 1:30 p.m. 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. No injuries have been reported, but mandatory evacuations have been ordered. Areas east of Trinity River from Trinity Lake to Ramshorn Road are under advisory evacuation notice.
Although the wrecks have been cleared, the 41,000-acre fire remains a threat as it chews through timber and brush in and around Shasta-Trinity National Forest.
The most recent wildfire, the Kerlin fire, began Tuesday and has so far burned 1,200 acres in the northern part of the state. "Whatever occurred here was probably pretty ugly for a while". It had no containment Wednesday evening.
BREAKING: The #DeltaFire has forced the closure of I-5.
On Thursday afternoon, a TV station reporter tweeted that he had counted five homes that were destroyed in the fire. "This man has been through Hell (sic) and back", the story on one of the funds said.
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"I've been delayed a day and a half already", said one trucker.
Interstate 5 is seen completely empty in Lamoine, Calif., in the Shasta Trinity National Forest on September 6, 2018. Evacuations have been issued for everything north of Vollmers/Delta to the Siskiyou County line.
"You can't underestimate the value of our people getting the opportunity to go over there and practice those skills on these large incidents and bring those skills home for us in the future". Yellow areas represent the fire perimeter.
Amtrak's Beth K. Toll said in an email that there aren't any alternate routes through the area now available. The highway has been closed in both directions in that area.
Crews are now securing the fire along Dog Creek Road.
A representative from the Shasta County Sheriff's Office could no immediately be reached for comment.
The department had spent $432 million through the end of August, said Ken Pimlott of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.