Published: Tue, September 11, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

California wildfire that closed key highway doubles in size

California wildfire that closed key highway doubles in size

There were some reports that homes had burned but Vacarro could only confirm that an outbuilding and two mixed-use commercial and residential buildings had been damaged.

The underbrush is being removed with a combination of bulldozers and hand tools, as well as controlled burning operations, Captain Brandon Vaccaro, a spokesman for the Delta fire incident command, said.

The U.S. Forest Service said Friday the deadly blaze burning in the Mendocino area since July 27 killed a Utah firefighter, destroyed 157 homes and charred 717 square miles (1860 square kilometers).

I-5 is closed to through traffic northbound at Fawndale exit and southbound at Mott Road.

The highway that traverses the West Coast from Mexico to Canada and serves as a main artery for commerce had been closed since Wednesday, forcing trucks and other traffic on smaller roads that has added 100 miles (160 kilometers) to their journeys.

Patience was running thin at the Pilot Travel Center in the town of Weed, near the northern end of the closure.

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The fire destroyed thousands of trees that could fall onto the highway.

"It's been ridiculously congested".

Trucking companies expect snowstorms in winter to interrupt the flow between California and OR, but a wildfire shutting down Interstate 5 for days wasn't something shippers OR their customers were expecting before Wednesday's Delta fire broke out between Dunsmuir and Shasta Lake. "A lot of the truckers are upset". Cal Fire has requested extra money in seven of the past 10 years but never this early, according to the Department of Finance. "They're just stuck, they can't get through and they're sick of waiting around".

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.

In Northern California, the Delta fire - which forced the closure of a stretch of Interstate 5, which runs the length of the state - had consumed almost 37,000 acres as of Saturday, the newspaper reported.

This summer, more than a dozen fires burned at the same time throughout California, and the next month could see more fire activity as dried-out grass and Santa Ana winds potentially aggravate any fire that starts, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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