Caltrans Reopens I-5 as Delta Fire Grows in Size Near Redding
11 September, 2018, 03:02 | Author: Diane Mills
Stanford Earth System Science Professor Noah Diffenbaugh stated that atmospheric conditions for California wildfires are expected to worsen in the future because of the effects of climate change in California.
The fire, which started on August 5, caused the complete shutdown of Interstate 5, with still no estimated time for reopening.
The most recent wildfire, the Kerlin fire, began Tuesday and has so far burned 1,200 acres in the northern part of the state.
The fire had burned more than 34 square miles of timber and brush and prompted evacuation orders for scattered homes and buildings in three counties in and around the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.
Crews managed to remove the burned hulks and abandoned rigs on Thursday but flames continued to burn along the edge of the road in some areas, fire spokesman Brandon Vacarro said.
California accounts for 10 percent of all the acreage burned in the US since 2000, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.
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The Delta Fire was burning on both sides of Interstate 5, which has made it more hard to control the flames, Underhill said.
The fire destroyed thousands of trees that could fall onto the highway.
"People are packing right now, just to be ready in case", he said.
"Multiple commercial vehicles and several structures have been damaged or destroyed" so far, according to the Northern California Geographic Center.
"It's not in the middle of a town, but there are some rural residences" in the area, Shasta-Trinity National Forest spokeswoman Carol Underhill said. Evacuations have been issued for everything north of Vollmers/Delta to the Siskiyou County line.
For the city of Dunsmuir, it's just an evacuation warning, which means residents don't have to leave yet - but should be ready to, just in case.
Earlier, traffic was also backing up as major roads closed in the area of the fire - namely, northbound I-5 at the Fawndale exit and southbound I-5 at the intersection of Highway 89.
"I've been evacuated for fires myself", the hot-shot firefighter said.
A representative from the Shasta County Sheriff's Office could no immediately be reached for comment.
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