No containment yet on fast-moving California wildfire

A fire rages as motorists travel on Interstate 5 near Lake Shasta Calif. Wednesday Sept. 5 2018

California wildfire shuts down major interstate highway

Evacuation shelters are setup at Mount Shasta Community Center, 629 Alder St., Mount Shasta; and Mercy Oaks, 100 Mercy Oaks Dr., Redding. Southbound Interstate 5 is closed 3.6 miles south of Mt. Shasta at Mott Road.

CHP Officer said that the only alternative route is adding eight hours onto motorist's trips. 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. By 6:00 p.m., it had grown to 2,000 acres.

"I go up and down the 5 all the time", said Kevin Singh, who works for Capital Express Lines in West Sacramento.

California Department of Transportation spokeswoman Denise Yergenson said that section of I-5 will remain closed through the weekend. It's unclear when the lanes will reopen.

The Carr fire has gone on to ravage 1000 homes and has killed at least seven people, while the Mendocino has been declared the largest in state history, having burnt through nearly 300,000 acres of land.

In 2018 to date, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has fought 4,587 fires blackening 612,710 acres, the agency reported.

'Whatever occurred here was probably pretty ugly for a while'.

Caltrans officials say they're concerned about large trees destroyed in the fire that would fall onto to the freeway.

The wildfire flared just weeks after a blaze in the Redding area killed eight people and burned about 1,100 homes.

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Although the fire was not burning near any large towns, Mr Vacarro said about 280 homes were considered threatened.

Flames rising from a truck that has melted to the ground while another semi smokes in the background after the Delta Fire leapt into traffic. Their families set up accounts for them on the crowdfunding site, GoFundMe.

U.S. Forest Service workers helped the driver of one flaming truck to safety.

"It's just going to be a mess out there on I-5", Hinkson said in a Facebook Live video from near the fire. Yellow areas represent the fire perimeter.

"I think in one day it's burned 15,000 acres, so now has the potential to join those two fires up".

Authorities did not say in the statement how many people were affected by the evacuation order, but the fire is in a rural area with scattered homes.

Wipari Henwood and his crew were driving through the small Californian town of French Gulch, evacuated in this past month's fires, when a white Ford pick-up truck swerved across in front of them and jammed on the brakes.

Union Pacific Railroad was also forced to shut down the track between Lakehead and Dunsmuir stations in California due to the fast-moving fire.

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