Growing Northern California wildfire forces evacuations

The fire shut down miles of Interstate 5 and there was no immediate word on when it would reopen

The fire shut down miles of Interstate 5 and there was no immediate word on when it would reopen

The Delta Fire is now 2,000 acres and is zero percent contained.

Located north of Lakehead and about 10 miles away from Redding, the Delta Fire started about 1 p.m. Wednesday, burning bush and timber at a "critical rate of spread", Shasta-Trinity National Forest spokesman Joe Orosz said.

Caltrans has shut down a section of Interstate 5 in Northern California because of a large wildfire that broke out Wednesday afternoon.

I-5 is closed between Fawndale Road and Mott Road.

There were at least 16 active wildfires burning throughout the state of California as of Wednesday afternoon. Southbound I-5 is also now closed at Mott Road, north of Dunsmuir.

It was near the site of the Carr Fire, which led to eight deaths and destroyed hundreds of homes in the city of Redding and nearby areas. - A wildfire on both sides of Interstate 5 has closed a almost 45-mile long stretch of the highway in Shasta County. According to the Sheriff's Office, an evacuation center will be opening at the Mt. Shasta Community Center, located at 629 Alder Mt. Shasta.

The fire erupted Wednesday and has roared through timber and brush on both sides of Interstate 5 near the OR state line.

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Photos posted online by the U.S. Forest Service showed bright orange flames in a forest just beyond a truck on a highway, and broad columns of white smoke rising above forests.

But while the fire was moving rapidly, fire officials say it doesn't immediately threaten any large towns.

Additional firefighting resources were summoned as the blaze grew to more than 4½ square miles (11.6 square kilometers).

Officials said the fire was human-caused, but that cause hasn't been determined. The latest details on Delta Fire evacuations is available, here.

State Route 108 was closed from the Alpine-Mono county line to USA 395, which was already shut down in the mountainous region about 200 miles (320 kilometers) east of Sacramento, the California Department of Transportation said.

Evacuation orders are in place for the Bootleg, Chris Flat and Sonora Bridge campgrounds. Unspecified structures were threatened in the Burchum Flats area east of Walker Canyon.

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