I-5 Closure Continues, Update Expected This Afternoon

Dramatic moment wildfire explodes along a California freeway

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Today, Sept. 8, the Delta fire is reported to be 36,970 acres and zero percent contained.

In this footage, firefighters on a train equipped with hoses and a water tank sprayed water from the train tracks on the slopes above and below. East of Interstate 5 at Sims Flat, crews are using an existing Hirz Fire contingency line along Sweetbriar Ridge as an indirect control line for the Delta Fire to limit its northeastern spread. The truckers are exhausted and just want to get going.

Pimlott said in the letter Thursday that additional funds would be used to hire more firefighters and secure additional helicopters for his agency.

Although the wrecks have been cleared, the 41,000-acre (16,600-hectare) fire remained a threat as it chewed through timber and brush in and around Shasta-Trinity National Forest.

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Now, a 45-mile stretch of the interstate is closed in both directions, forcing drivers to take a 100-mile detour on winding mountain roads, jammed with traffic. 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.

At least two people appear to have lost homes in the fire. "We know what it like to have to leave and come home hoping to have something there".

"The fire progressed primarily to the northwest, but it is also extremely active along the eastern edge between Interstate 5 and the Hirz Fire", according to the US Forest Service."There are several areas along the southern perimeter where the fire crossed over primary control lines and crews are aggressively attacking these slop-overs to prevent the fire from making southerly progress".

Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey said the fire seems to have slowed, but since it's burning about 15 miles from the city, residents of Dunsmuir should make sure their cars are ready and their belongings are in place.

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Underhill said the same interagency team handling the Hirz Fire is taking over the firefight.

Here is a map of where the Delta Fire is located from CAL FIRE.

Stanford Earth System Science Professor Noah Diffenbaugh stated that atmospheric conditions for California wildfires are expected to worsen in the future because of the effects of climate change in California.

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