California wildfire that closed key highway doubles in size

The fire shut down miles of Interstate 5 and there was no immediate word on when it would reopen

The fire shut down miles of Interstate 5 and there was no immediate word on when it would reopen. Areas east of Trinity River from Trinity Lake to Ramshorn Road are under advisory evacuation notice.

The Boot Fire began Tuesday in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Southbound Interstate 5 is closed 3.6 miles south of Mt. Shasta at Mott Road.

Almost 300 homes were considered threatened, but the blaze was not burning near any large towns, fire spokesman Brandon Vacarro said.

More than 1,500 people have been deployed to combat the fire, which was expected to push further north in the next 24 hours, authorities said.

It comes just weeks after a devastating fire destroyed almost 1,100 homes and killed eight people in the same area.

It is one of the two parts of the Mendocino Complex Fire that grew to become the state's largest recorded wildfire in history.

Along a section of California's busy I-5 freeway Thursday, crews removed the burned out remains of several big rigs that fell prey to the destructive blast of the Delta Fire. Two "soft closures" have been established in areas of the blaze, now 5 percent contained, affecting the communities of Lakehead and Dunsmuir with certain conditions but the interagency fire management team notes that "visitors and tourists will not be granted access".

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The agency spent $432 million through the end of August and had only about $11 million left, Pimlott wrote.

The Legislature budgets for firefighting based on the historical average costs. Firefighters are working to strengthen and improve a control line on Middle Ridge, which will offer an opportunity to conduct defensive back burning operations and hold the fire from spreading further north along the Interstate 5 corridor.

This is a U.S. Forest Service photograph of the Delta Fire.

People should also make arrangements for their pets to be safe, he said.

The Delta Fire was human-caused, fire officials said, but they didn't indicate whether it was arson or accident. Kyle Foster of the California Highway Patrol's Mount Shasta office told the Los Angeles Times. Two were turned into twisted piles of melted metal.

The Forest Service said flames as tall as 300 feet were reported along the highway. There will be many drivers on the road, so motorists should expect delays.

'There's vehicles scattered all over, ' Brandon Vaccaro with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said. "Whatever occurred here was probably pretty ugly for a while".

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