California fire agency requests $234M from state for firefighting budget

Fast-moving fire erupts north of Redding shutting down Interstate 5

Fast-moving fire erupts north of Redding shutting down Interstate 5

Both directions of a major highway connecting California and OR were closed and evacuations were ordered Wednesday when a fast-moving wildfire swept through a wilderness area.

Flames from a backfire burned around a fire truck battling the Delta Fire in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Calif., on Thursday.

Fire officials say they don't expect to have containment of the fire, which started on Wednesday, until at least September 22.

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.

Hundreds of firefighters responded to the blaze, which officials have reported was human-caused, but details are not yet clear.

About 17 big-rigs were abandoned and at least four caught fire, Lt Cmdr Kyle Foster of the California Highway Patrol's Mount Shasta office told the Los Angeles Times.

Authorities said Friday that a 45-mile (72-kilometer) section of Interstate 5 would remain closed at least until Sunday.

California's Delta Fire has continued to spread, shutting down 50 miles of I-5 as passengers were forced to abandon their cars and flee to safety. As of Friday morning, there was zero containment of the fire as it raged northward.

A representative from the Shasta County Sheriff's Office could no immediately be reached for comment. But truck drivers headed through Sacramento felt the long delays as Interstate 5 remains closed.

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The Mendocino Complex - two blazes that burned side by side north of San Francisco - also prompted the evacuation of thousands of people.

The Delta Fire 24 miles north of Redding, California has grown to approximately 22,000 acres according to the latest estimate from fire officials.

While New Zealanders fighting fires in OR to the north had been glad of their Swanndris to keep them warm at night, in California the heat was "unrelenting", 30C overnight and 40C during the day.

The underbrush is being removed with a combination of bulldozers and hand tools, as well as controlled burning operations, Captain Brandon Vaccaro, a spokesman for the Delta fire incident command, said.

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

The fire began Wednesday and almost tripled in size overnight, officials said.

The fire erupted Wednesday afternoon in a rural area and devoured timber and brush on both sides of Interstate 5 as it almost tripled in size overnight, officials said Thursday. It was only fully contained last week.

He kept driving, with fire lapping at both sides of the highway and burning ash falling all around him.

Elsewhere in the state, a fire raging in the Sierra Nevada had grown to more than 7 square miles (18 square kilometers) after shutting down stretches of US 395, State Route 108 and the Pacific Crest Trail along the eastern spine of California.

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