Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Wildfire threat keeps California highway closed

Dramatic moment wildfire explodes along a California freeway 'OH MY GOD, I WANT TO GO!': Abandoned trucks litter highway as explosive California wildfire rages
Charlie Simmons | 11 September, 2018, 03:03

As of Friday morning, there was zero containment of the fire as it raged northward.

Fire spokesman Brandon Vacarro says work crews have cleared away burned and abandoned trucks that littered the road after the swift-moving blaze erupted but they must also determine whether charred 70-foot (21-meter) trees along the road are in danger of falling.

The fire has chewed through 58 square miles (150 square kilometers) of timber since Wednesday.

Google Maps continues to update the California fire map with information about fires to which the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) is responding, along with information about evacuations and road closures.

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

The deadly Carr Fire and another in the Mendocino area - the two largest blazes in the state this year - destroyed or damaged 8,800 homes and 329 businesses, Insurance Commissioner David Jones said.

A raging wildfire burning in Shasta County has charred 15,294 acres as of Thursday morning, the U.S. Forest Service said. Parked big rigs lined the roads surrounding the facility.

Firefighters battled on Saturday to outflank a wildfire that has forced the closure of an interstate highway in Northern California as the blaze swept through explosively dry mountain timber in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest for a fourth day. "A lot of the truckers are upset".

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Crews are now securing the fire along Dog Creek Road.

"We just want to thank our families for allowing us to go", he said.

So what keeps the firefighters motivated?

Underhill didn't know how many homes were evacuated, since she said it's a rural area with scattered residences.

Dubbed the Delta Fire, the blaze was the latest outbreak to hit the region this summer, and was said by officials to have been triggered by arson.

Most are either fully contained or close to containment. The Mendocino Complex - which was made up of two fires - burned some 1,100 homes in and around the Redding area and killed eight people last month.

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

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