Fast-growing Northern California wildfire
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[September 06, 2018]
By Alex Dobuzinskis
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A wildfire erupted
in forest land in Northern California on Wednesday, forcing the
evacuation of dozens of homes and the closure of a stretch of an
interstate highway near where a deadly blaze broke out in July,
The Delta Fire was burning in timber and brush in the Shasta-Trinity
National Forest in a canyon along the Sacramento River.
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.
Wildfires in California have scorched far more ground this year than in
2017, one of the most destructive in the state's history.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has responded
to 4,587 fires that have destroyed 613,710 acres (248,359 hectares),
compared with 4,425 fires that destroyed 233,936 acres (94,671 hectares)
through the same period in 2017, according to figures from the agency
The latest fire spread to 2,000 acres (809 hectares) by Wednesday
evening, forcing the Shasta County Sheriff's Office to evacuate
residents along a stretch of Interstate 5 north of the town of Lakehead
to the Siskiyou County line, according to the government wildfire
tracking website Inciweb.
"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
A representative from the Shasta County Sheriff's Office could no
immediately be reached for comment.
The Delta Fire was burning on both sides of Interstate 5, which has made
it more difficult to control the flames, Underhill said. The highway has
been closed in both directions in that area.
Firefighters have not been able to build any containment lines against
the fast-moving blaze, officials with the Shasta-Trinity National Forest
said on Twitter.
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Flames engulf trees along interstate 5 in the Shasta-Trinity
National Forest as a tractor trailer drives by north of Redding,
California, U.S., September 5, 2018. Courtesy U.S. Forest
Service/Handout via REUTERS
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.
The fire broke out at mid-day on Wednesday near an exit from
Interstate 5, about 30 miles (48 km) north of Redding. Its cause was
(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis; Editing by Bill Tarrant and Peter
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