A California official says a stretch of major highway near the California-Oregon border hit by a roaring wildfire will remain closed through the weekend.
The fire was initially reported in the Lakehead area, 150 miles (240 kilometers) north of the state capital Sacramento and at the heart of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest around midday on Wednesday.
Much of the effort has also focused on protecting scattered homes and small communities in the sparsely populated fire zone, but an unspecified number of homes have been destroyed, he said.
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. Vehicles, including numerous trucks, were stalled on the highway on Thursday as flames burned trees and leapt over the road.
About 17 big-rigs were abandoned along the interstate and at least four caught fire, Lt. Cmdr.
The Delta Fire was burning on both sides of Interstate 5, which has made it more hard to control the flames, Underhill said. There is now no containment on the fire.
For the city of Dunsmuir, it's just an evacuation warning, which means residents don't have to leave yet - but should be ready to, just in case.
Also on Thursday, the director of the state's firefighting agency said in a letter to lawmakers that the agency only had about $11 million remaining in its annual budget and anticipates needing another $234 million to add firefighters and helicopters, and to cover other costs of fires expected later this year.
Authorities closed a major highway and issued evacuation orders to areas in the path of the expanding conflagration.
The fire started Wednesday afternoon, forcing the closure I-5 northbound at Fawndale Road 10 miles north of Redding and southbound at Mott Road south of Mount Shasta.
Firefighters monitor a backfire while battling the Delta Fire in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest this week.
More than 1,500 firefighters waged war Friday against a human-caused wildfire with flames as high as 300 feet that has turned Interstate 5 into a ghost town and burned through 24,500 acres of Northern California timberland.
This dramatic time lapse of the #DeltaFire will show the smoke plume and pyrocumulus cloud during the day, and the fire at night.
One of the two blazes was fully contained in August and residents have been allowed to return home.
The Delta Fire, which broke out on Wednesday afternoon, tripled its size by Thursday morning, and by Thursday evening, it spread over more than 8,900 hectares without being contained at all.
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