Wildfire that closed California interstate explodes in size

11 September, 2018, 03:00 | Author: Edward Snyder
  • Dramatic moment wildfire explodes along a California freeway

Before the highway is reopened, authorities have to check the safety of the pavement and cut down burned trees next to the road - some of them 70 feet (20 meters) tall - that might be in danger of falling down.

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.

Stanford Earth System Science Professor Noah Diffenbaugh stated that atmospheric conditions for California wildfires are expected to worsen in the future because of the effects of climate change in California.

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

On Thursday afternoon, a TV station reporter tweeted that he had counted five homes that were destroyed in the fire.

The Delta Fire 24 miles north of Redding, California on Friday added another 12,000 acres moving north, south, east, and west through the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.

"It's been ridiculously congested".




"They had a lot of ground troops- they just didn't have many people to manage them, so our people were in charge of crews", he said.

"We just want to thank our families for allowing us to go", he said. Firefighters are using Carr Fire contingency lines as control lines to keep the fire from spreading further southwest.

"You can't underestimate the value of our people getting the opportunity to go over there and practice those skills on these large incidents and bring those skills home for us in the future".

Underhill said the same interagency team handling the Hirz Fire is taking over the firefight.

Dubbed the Delta Fire, the blaze was the latest outbreak to hit the region this summer, and was said by officials to have been triggered by arson.

The Delta Fire, which broke out on Wednesday afternoon, tripled its size by Thursday morning, and by Thursday evening, it spread over more than 8,900 hectares without being contained at all. It was only fully contained last week.

The Carr fire has gone on to ravage 1000 homes and has killed at least seven people, while the Mendocino has been declared the largest in state history, having burnt through nearly 300,000 acres of land.

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