Wildfire threat keeps California highway closed Sunday

Wildfire threat keeps California highway closed Sunday

Wildfire threat keeps California highway closed Sunday

A blaze that shut down a major highway and is burning out of control through timber and brush in northern California grew overnight.

Delta and Hirz fires Red circles on this live-updating map are actively burning areas, as detected by satellite.

The latest fire spread to 2,000 acres (809 hectares) by Wednesday evening, forcing the Shasta County Sheriff's Office to evacuate residents along a stretch of Interstate 5 north of the town of Lakehead to the Siskiyou County line, according to the government wildfire tracking website Inciweb.

The California agency responsible for battling wildfires in the state says it needs $234 million more to effectively combat wildfires for the remainder of 2018.

We will update when the highway is reopened. The truck stop's facilities were stretched to their limits, cashier Jacob Chapman said Thursday afternoon.

More than 1.2 million acres of California land were charred and over 1,200 homes destroyed in this year's prolonged fire season that has seen some of the largest wildfires in that state's history.

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"It's been ridiculously congested". 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. "A lot of the truckers are upset".

Two "soft closures" have been established in areas of the blaze, now 5 percent contained, affecting the communities of Lakehead and Dunsmuir with certain conditions but the interagency fire management team notes that "visitors and tourists will not be granted access". "They're just stuck, they can't get through and they're sick of waiting around".

A previous fire this year near Redding and another in the Mendocino area - the two largest blazes in the state this year - destroyed or damaged 8,800 homes and 329 businesses.

The Hirz fire, burning east of interstate 5 is 46,000 acres in size and 95 percent contained.

The Delta Fire was human-caused, fire officials said, but they didn't indicate whether it was arson or accident.

The unrelenting flames have drained California's firefighting budget and prompted almost $1 billion in property claims even before the start of the risky fall fire season, officials said Thursday.

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