ABC7 reports that Interstate 5 remains closed in Shasta County because of a fast-moving wildfire. The Delta Fire is burning about ten miles north of Redding. So far, the fire has grown to 23 square miles and has zero percent containment. It was 8 square miles on Wednesday.
Officials have issued evacuation orders, but did not immediately say how many people are impacted. The fire is in a rural area with scattered homes.
The new fire is just a few miles from the long-burning Hirz Fire, and in an area ravaged by fire earlier in the season, when more than 1,000 homes were destroyed
Thousands of people were stuck after it ignited Wednesday just before 1 p.m. There were abandoned trucks destroyed by the flames as the fire jumped I-5.
“It felt like it was coming to us so some of the guys that were in front of us, I don’t know like five or ten trucks in front of us were closer to it, they had to drop their trailers and turn around,” said Julio Vega, motorist.
The fire jumped the freeway, destroyed abandoned trucks and forced evacuations all the way to the Siskiyou County border as it ballooned to 15,294 acres Thursday morning.
“There’s vehicles scattered all over,” Brandon Vaccaro, a public information officer for the Delta Fire said Wednesday. “Whatever occurred here was probably pretty ugly for a while,” Redding.com reports.
The fire was reported at 12:51 p.m. near the Vollmers exit of Interstate 5 just north of Lakehead. Officials said the fire was caused by humans, but they didn’t say how someone started it. It had no containment Wednesday evening.
Video/Picture from the Delta FirePlease like/follow our page to get updates. Please also reference the link below for the USFS info. USFS is the primary fire agency.https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6191/Video/Photo from CHP Redding Sgt Ross
Posted by CHP – Redding on Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Vaccaro said people can call 530-498-0953 for fire information or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Siskiyou County, people with special needs, mobility issues or no transportation should call the sheriff’s office at 530-841-2900.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved.
WE WANT TO THANK ALL THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE DEDICATED THEIR LIVES TO KEEPING OUR COUNTRY SAFE.