New wildfire rips through northern California

A fire rages as motorists travel on Interstate 5 near Lake Shasta Calif. Wednesday Sept. 5 2018

An explosive wildfire that closed down dozens of miles of a major California freeway almost tripled in size overnight, just weeks after a nearby blaze that left neighborhoods in ruins and killed eight people, officials said Thursday.

Additionally, he noted, more resources have been deployed to several new blazes in recent days, including the Sliger Fire in El Dorado County, which by Thursday that had consumed 104 acres and was at 45 percent containment.

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.

About 17 trucks were abandoned along the interstate and at least four caught fire, Lieutenant Commander Kyle Foster of the California Highway Patrol's Mount Shasta office told the Los Angeles Times.

The fire has chewed through 150 square kilometres of timber since Wednesday.

"They were the largest fires, and as soon as you bought those fires under control, they could re-deploy those firefighters to other areas within the larger area.up to Oregon, Washington and then down to Southern California".

Drivers on I-5 in northern California got a big scare this week as towering flames raged on both sides of the highway.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has responded to 4,587 fires that have destroyed 613,710 acres (248,359 hectares), compared with 4,425 fires that destroyed 233,936 acres (94,671 hectares) through the same period in 2017, according to figures from the agency.

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In Shasta County, the Delta Fire, which erupted Wednesday, has burned 15.294 acres and continues to grow, reported the U.S. Forest Service on Thursday morning.

Hundreds of firefighters responded to the blaze, which officials have reported was human-caused, but details are not yet clear.

Truckers were forced to abandon their vehicles as flames roared up hillsides.

Although the fire wasn't burning near any large towns, fire spokesman Brandon Vacarro said about 280 homes were considered threatened.

California has been hit with one massive blaze after another, including a blaze not far from the Delta Fire that killed eight people and burned about 1,100 homes last month.

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

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.

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

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