California Wildfire Shuts Down 50-Mile Stretch of Busy Interstate to Oregon

09 September, 2018, 14:21 | Author: Emmett Rice
  • Dramatic moment wildfire explodes along a California freeway

A shocking video shows the moment a terrified woman begged her boyfriend to abandon their big-rig after an explosive wildfire trapped dozens of drivers along a California freeway Wednesday afternoon.

"We gotta walk babe". We can't stay right here, ' the woman yells.

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

In the terrifying footage several big-rigs are seen attempting to back up and escape the fire, but traffic was at a standstill.

In northern Shasta County, above Shasta Lake, the Hirz Fire has burned through 46,150 acres and reached 75 percent containment as of Saturday morning, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

Evacuation orders remain in effect for Shasta County residents along the Interstate 5 corridor from Exit 707 at Vollmers north to Exit 714 at Gibson, as well as for residents in Trinity County from East Fork Road to Ramshorn Road east to the county line.

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

The deadly Carr Fire and another in the Mendocino area - the two largest blazes in the state this year - destroyed or damaged 8,800 homes and 329 businesses, Insurance Commissioner David Jones said. California is taking a financial wallop from unrelenting wildfires that have drained its firefighting budget and prompted almost $1 billion in property claims even before the start of the unsafe fall fire season, officials said.

'Whatever occurred here was probably pretty ugly for a while'.

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Back in the towns, he said he and the other New Zealanders had been unprepared for the support and generosity of locals, some of whom would have lost homes or known friends and family who had.

Less than 24 hours after the blaze broke out Wednesday in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, the Delta fire had grown to more than 15,000 acres.

The blaze also delayed Amtrak's Coast Starlight train service between Sacramento and Oregon. No injuries have been reported, but evacuations have been issued on both sides of I-5 north of Lakehead to the Shasta-Siskiyou county line.

'It isn't a lot of people, ' he said.

Although the fire wasn't burning near any large towns, fire spokesman Brandon Vacarro said about 280 homes were considered threatened.

An up-to-date list of mandated evacuated areas is available, here.

The AP reported that Cal Fire has requested additional funding in seven of the past 10 years.

A wildfire nearby that was only contained last week left neighborhoods in ruins and killed eight people.

Most are either fully contained or close to containment.

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