Interstate 5 to Remain Closed Until Further Notice, Caltrans Says

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The Delta Fire was zero percent contained on September 8, and officials closed sections of I-5 to traffic in both directions, warning that the fire posed a significant risk to residents in the area.

We will update when the highway is reopened.

One fire in the state has grown to more than 7 square miles as of Thursday, according to the AP, forcing the shutdown of a major highway and evacuation of a military base.

A blaze that shut down a major highway and is burning out of control through timber and brush in Northern California grew overnight.

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Patience was running thin at the Pilot Travel Center in the town of Weed, near the northern end of the closure.

More than 1.2 million acres of California land were charred and over 1,200 homes destroyed in this year's prolonged fire season that has seen some of the largest wildfires in that state's history.

A volatile wildfire less than 10 miles from the long-burning Hirz Fire north of Redding jumped the freeway, destroyed abandoned trucks and forced evacuations all the way to the Siskiyou County border as it ballooned to 15,294 acres Thursday morning. Parked big rigs lined the roads surrounding the facility.

The Delta Fire, burning west of the 5 freeway, has burned almost 41,00 acres and is now 5 percent contained. "A lot of the truckers are upset". 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. "They're just stuck, they can't get through and they're sick of waiting around".

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The Delta Fire was burning on both sides of Interstate 5, which has made it more hard to control the flames, Underhill said.

A crew of 34 firefighters have touched down in New Zealand after spending nearly six weeks battling wildfires in California.

"It's just going to be a mess out there on I-5", Hinkson said in a Facebook Live video from near the fire.

One of the New Zealand firefighters, Wipari Henwood, said crews would often work 16 hour days in gruelling conditions.

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