Delta Fire: I-5 Road Closures and Traffic Conditions

Dramatic moment wildfire explodes along a California freeway

A stretch of a major highway near the California-Oregon border will remain closed through the weekend as crews try to tame a roaring wildfire burning on both sides of the north-south route, authorities announced today.

The recommended detour for I-5 motorists, using Highway 299, adds 140 miles of driving.

The department had spent $432 million through the end of August, said Ken Pimlott of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

This is a U.S. Forest Service photograph of the Delta Fire.

On Wednesday, flames raced across Interstate 5, chasing a number of truckers from their vehicles before flames engulfed their abandoned rigs, though no serious injuries were reported.

The Mendocino fire was expected to be fully contained by Sunday, more than six weeks after it started.

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.

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". The truck stop's facilities were stretched to their limits, cashier Jacob Chapman said Thursday afternoon.

"It's been ridiculously congested".

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

"They had a lot of ground troops- they just didn't have many people to manage them, so our people were in charge of crews", he said.

The Delta Fire was burning on both sides of Interstate 5, which has made it more hard to control the flames, Underhill said.

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.

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

Firefighters have not been able to build any containment lines against the fast-moving blaze, officials with the Shasta-Trinity National Forest said on Twitter.

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