Wildfire that closed key California highway doubles in size

Dramatic moment wildfire explodes along a California freeway

Dozens of miles of Interstate 5 have been shut down in California this week due to a major wildfire ravaging the trees on both side of the interstate.

Caltrans workers assist in removing a burned out truck along Interstate 5 during the Delta Fire near Delta, California in the Shasta Trinity National Forest on September 6, 2018.

The Delta Fire has scorched almost 58 square miles since it began near Lake Shasta on Wednesday.

Sgt Alex Walker faced the heat of California's biggest fires: "It was close to unbearable".

One fire in the state has grown to more than 7 square miles as of Thursday, according to the AP, forcing the shutdown of a major highway and evacuation of a military base.

About 45 miles (72 kilometres) of the I-5 were closed in both directions, said Chris Losi, a spokesman for the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.

Meanwhile, a forest fire in California's eastern Sierra Nevada continued to grow and impacts on travel were increasing, officials said.




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

"The topography here is very steep, with a lot of canyons and valleys that make it very hard for firefighters to work", he said. "Whatever occurred here was probably pretty ugly for a while".

The northern and southern parts of the state have seen multiple wildfires in recent weeks, prompting thousands of residents in cities and rural areas to evacuate.

Almost 300 homes were considered threatened, but the blaze was not burning near any large towns, fire spokesman Brandon Vacarro said.

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.

Fire officials said in a statement that crews were setting dozer lines and backfires to protect Highland Springs, north of Boulder Creek, as well as Castella and Dunsmuir farther north. Drivers can take I-5 South to Mount Shasta. At least two trucks were partially melted. Two single-family homes have been destroyed, and two other buildings damaged, Vaccaro said. "So we'd be starting at six o'clock in the morning for our brief session, the crews were expected out on the fire line at seven o'clock in the morning and then consistently we were doing 12 to 16 hour days".

"It's just going to be a mess out there on I-5", Hinkson said in a Facebook Live video from near the fire. The blaze also delayed Amtrak's Coast Starlight service between Sacramento and Oregon.

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