Delta Fire 40903 Acres: I-5 to remain closed

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

The Delta fire burns near Interstate 5 north of Redding

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.

The fire, which started on August 5, caused the complete shutdown of Interstate 5, with still no estimated time for reopening. Due to the public safety threat posed by the Delta Fire, visitors and tourists will not be granted access through the soft closures to these communities.

A scorched logging truck sits on Interstate 5 as the Delta Fire burns in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, California, on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018. 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.

As of Sunday morning, the fire had burned 40, 903 acres, increasing by an additional 4,000 acres overnight, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

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In Northern California, the Delta fire - which forced the closure of a stretch of Interstate 5, which runs the length of the state - had consumed almost 37,000 acres as of Saturday, the newspaper reported.

Much of the effort has also focused on protecting scattered homes and small communities in the sparsely populated fire zone, but an unspecified number of homes have been destroyed, he said.

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.

"I've been delayed a day and a half already", said one trucker.

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"We just want to thank our families for allowing us to go", he said.

"It's not in the middle of a town, but there are some rural residences" in the area, Shasta-Trinity National Forest spokeswoman Carol Underhill said.

For the city of Dunsmuir, it's just an evacuation warning, which means residents don't have to leave yet - but should be ready to, just in case. The highway has been closed in both directions in that area.

"I've been evacuated for fires myself", the hot-shot firefighter said.

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In Siskiyou County, people with special needs, mobility issues or no transportation should call the sheriff's office at 530-841-2900.

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