The so-called “Delta Fire” continues to rapidly spread north of Redding (California) as of Saturday, September 8, in Shasta, Trinity, and Siskiyou counties. As of Saturday evening, the fire has grown to over 16,200 hectares (40,000 acres) and remains uncontained. Firefighting aircraft were temporarily unable to drop water on the blaze due to heavy smoke and cloud cover. Parts of Interstate 5 (I-5) remain closed through at least Sunday, September 9, from northbound I-5 at Riverview Drive (Shasta county) and to southbound I-5 at Flume Creek Road (Shasta county). Mandatory evacuations remain in effect for areas in Shasta and Trinity counties. The fire is expected to continue to grow in the coming days. Further evacuations and road closures, including of the interstate, are also possible.
The Delta Fire began from human causes around 13:00 on Wednesday, September 5, approximately 3.2 km (2 mi) north of Lakehead. The fire is burning close to areas already affected by the Carr and Hirz fires. California typically experiences wildfires from May through November.
Individuals in affected areas are advised to exercise caution when traveling in areas near the wildfire, adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities (e.g. evacuation orders), and monitor the situation. Children and those with respiratory illnesses are advised to limit outdoor activity.
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