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California Wildfire Shuts Down 50-Mile Stretch of Busy Interstate to Oregon

California Wildfire Shuts Down 50-Mile Stretch of Busy Interstate to Oregon

Both directions of a major highway connecting California and OR were closed and evacuations were ordered Wednesday when a fast-moving wildfire swept through a wilderness area.

The fire has transitioned to the USFS Shasta-Trinity National Forest.

It was largest fire in California state history, burning more than 459,100 acres.

The sheriff's offices in Shasta and Trinity counties have issued evacuation orders, and the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office warned some residents to evacuate.

Some of the dramatic flames - reaching about 300 feet in height at one point, according to a Thursday U.S. Forest Service incident report - came dangerously close to I-5, leading some truckers to abandon their big rigs on the freeway. The highway has been closed in both directions in that area.

The unrelenting flames have drained California's firefighting budget and prompted almost a billion dollars in property claims even before the start of the unsafe autumn fire season, officials said.

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

UPDATE 2:35 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018 - There is a hard road closure at East Side Road and East Fork Road for non-residents due to new mandatory evacuations. Its cause was under investigation.

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

This dramatic time lapse of the #DeltaFire will show the smoke plume and pyrocumulus cloud during the day, and the fire at night.

The highway runs north from the Mexico border through California, Oregon and Washington state to the border with Canada.

Drivers fled in terror and several big rigs burned on Wednesday as the fire erupted on both sides of the route. "Whatever occurred here was probably pretty ugly for a while".

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The I-5 remains closed from about 10 miles north of Redding at Fawndale Road, to 3.6 miles south of Mount Shasta, at Mott Road.

"It isn't a lot of people", he said. As a result, Amtrak temporarily suspended its Coast Starlight passenger train service between Sacramento, California, and Klamath Falls, Oregon.

The Delta Fire, which broke out on Wednesday afternoon, tripled its size by Thursday morning, and by Thursday evening, it spread over more than 8,900 hectares without being contained at all.

Not far away, also north of Redding, by about 18 miles, is the Hirz Fire.

Cal Fire spokesman Brandon Vacarro said about 280 homes were considered threatened by the fire and that an outbuilding and two mixed-use commercial and residential structures had been damaged.

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