Dramatic moment wildfire explodes along a California freeway

Dramatic moment wildfire explodes along a California freeway

The fire, which officials said was human-caused, forced the continued closure of Interstate 5 for almost 50 miles and leaving residents of the mountain areas on edge, ready to flee if necessary.

Firefighters monitor a backfire while battling the Delta Fire in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest this week.

As fall - usually California's busiest fire season - approaches, officials say the agency that oversees emergency fire responses is running out of money.

Truckers abandoned big-rigs and motorists screamed in fear as they came dangerously close to an explosive wildfire that shut down about 45 miles of a major California interstate near the OR border that authorities were desperately trying to reopen.

It was reported at 12.51pm near the Vollmers exit on I-5 north of Lakehead, California. Evacuations have been issued for everything north of Vollmers/Delta to the Siskiyou County line.

The wildfire, which started near Lake Shasta last Wednesday, has already burned through 25 square miles.

The Mendocino Complex fire burned over 459,000 acres and is the largest wildfire in the modern California history.

Fueled by winds, warm weather and extremely dry brush, the Delta Fire fire in northern Shasta County tripled in size overnight reaching 15,294 acres and has prompted evacuations in several smaller communities along Interstate 5 in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, officials announced Thursday morning.

As the fire burned through the dense forest, flames shot up to 300 feet into the air, spreading so fast that some truckers were forced to abandon their rigs and flee on foot.




The fire was showing "critical" behaviour - burning fiercely and moving rapidly - but was still far away from any large towns, he added.

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.

Caltrans said Friday they expect Interstate 5 will remain closed until Sunday, when they will re-assess the situation.

The U.S. Forest Service said Friday the deadly blaze burning in the Mendocino area since July 27 killed a Utah firefighter, destroyed 157 homes and charred 717 square miles (1860 square kilometers).

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

The blaze also delayed Amtrak's Coast Starlight train service between Sacramento and Oregon.

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

One of the two blazes was fully contained in August and residents have been allowed to return home.

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