Another raging and rapidly growing wildfire this week in Northern California has prompted evacuations, road closings and a massive firefighting response, the US Forest Service said.
California Capt. Mark Loveless examines a truck scorched by the Delta Fire burning along Interstate 5 in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Calif., on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018.
More than 1,500 people have been deployed to combat the fire, which was expected to push further north in the next 24 hours, authorities said.
A 45-mile (72-km) stretch of the I-5, a key north-south route through the entire state, has remained closed since then, requiring traffic detours of up to 120 miles (193 km), officials said.
The fire was caused by human activity, but no additional details are now known.
The fast-moving fire forced truck drivers to abandon their rigs on the highway.
The blaze also delayed Amtrak's Coast Starlight service between Sacramento and Oregon.
The Delta Fire comes just weeks after a devastating fire destroyed almost 1,100 homes and killed eight people in the same area.
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A new wildfire was raging in northern California on Friday, having already devastated nearly 25,000 acres (10,000 hectares) in just two days and continuing to spread. Cal Fire has requested extra money in seven of the past 10 years, but never this early, according to the Department of Finance.
Elsewhere in the state, a fire raging in the Sierra Nevada shut down stretches of U.S. 395, State Route 108 and the Pacific Crest Trail along the eastern spine of California.
The blaze spread "aggressively" overnight, with flames as high as 300 feet, the forest service said in a statement. To stop the fire's northern spread and protect structures firefighters have started a backfiring operation east of Interstate 5 from Pollard Flats to the western side of the Hirz Fire near Salt Creek Road. Residents of nearby Dunsmuir, Calif., have been told to be ready to evacuate as the wildfire shows no sign of slowing down due to weather conditions.
According to fire managers at the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, the Delta fire was initially reported as three fires shortly after noon on Wednesday.
"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.
Although the fire was not burning near any large towns, Mr Vacarro said about 280 homes were considered threatened.
One of the two blazes was fully contained in August and residents have been allowed to return home.