California wildfire shuts I-5, prompts new evacuations |

California wildfire shuts I-5, prompts new evacuations

Associated Press

REDDING — The Latest on California wildfires:

4:40 p.m.

A fast-growing wildfire in Northern California has prompted officials to close both directions of Interstate 5 connecting California to Oregon.

Shasta-Trinity National Forest officials said in messages posted on Twitter and in an incident report that the interstate is closed from 10 miles north of Redding to an area 4 miles south of Mount Shasta.

The incident report said the fire that started Wednesday afternoon had exploded to 500 acres. The Delta Fire comes just weeks after a devastating fire destroyed nearly 1,100 homes and killed eight people in the same area.

The Shasta County Sheriff’s office was evacuating people on both sides of Interstate 5. An evacuation center was set up at the Mt. Shasta Community Center.

3:15 p.m.

A forest fire in California’s eastern Sierra Nevada continued to grow Wednesday, and the effect on travel was increasing, officials said.

State Route 108 was closed from the Alpine-Mono county line to U.S. 395, which was already shut down in the mountainous region about 200 miles (320 kilometers) east of Sacramento, the California Department of Transportation said.

Additional firefighting resources were summoned as the blaze grew to more than 4½ square miles.

The closure of U.S. 395 extends from the town of Bridgeport to just south of the community of Walker, Caltrans said.

The so-called Boot Fire began Tuesday in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Evacuation orders remained in place for the Bootleg, Chris Flat and Sonora Bridge campgrounds. Unspecified structures are threatened in the Burchum Flats area east of Walker Canyon.

To the west, another fire in El Dorado County has prompted evacuations and road closures.

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