Northbound Interstate 5 remains closed at the Fawndale exit, approximately 10 miles north of Redding, and Southbound Interstate 5 is closed 3.6 miles south of Mt. Shasta at Mott Rd. because of the Delta Fire.
Before it can be reopened, Caltrans has to inspect the fire damage to the roadway from burning rigs to determine its structural soundness, according to public information officer Darryl Jones. He said some big rigs left on the highway from the initial fire had yet to be removed as of early Thursday afternoon, and the Delta Fire is burning along both sides of the highway.
Resources from the Hirz Fire, which has burned more than 46,000 acres to the east of the Delta Fire, are shifting to cover the Delta Fire, which was reported at more than 15,000 acres as of early Thursday afternoon and 0% contained.
California Interagency Team 5 Fire Base Camp at the Mill Works in McCloud under Incident Commander Rick Young is now delegated to cover both the Hirz Fire, which is 75% contained, and the Delta Fire.
PIO Jones said the Delta Fire is more active and is moving between a half to one mile per hour with spotting up to 3/4 of a mile ahead of the fire. The Delta Fire is heading north and northwest with smoke columns 32,000 feet high. There are contingent lines ahead of the fire over one mile north of the Delta Fire.
As of Thursday afternoon, the Delta Fire had crossed the Shasta/Trinity County line.
The Hirz Fire is no longer a significant threat to private lands and is now in rehabilitation and repair of the fire breaks, according to Jones.
Diverted traffic from I-5 has now congested Highway 89.
The Community Center on Alder Street in Mt. Shasta is being used as an evacuation center.
Delta Fire updates, including the map shown in this post, are being posted at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6191/
The California Highway Motorists advises the motoring public to avoid the area if possible and suggests these alternate routes:
• Southbound alternate route from Mount Shasta to Redding is: I-5 to State Route 89 to State Route 299 to Redding, CA.
• Northbound alternate route from Redding to Mount Shasta is: State Route 299 to State Route 89 to I-5.
CHP also suggests:
• Please have a full tank of gasoline, plenty of food and water, and patience as you travel during the Delta Fire Incident.
• If you are instructed to evacuate, please do so immediately and in a safe manner.
• Please remember there is an extreme fire danger. Please check your trailer chains and do not throw lit objects out of your window.
For current CHP Traffic Conditions, see the web page at: http://cad.chp.ca.gov/Traffic.aspx
All drivers utilizing detours are advised to proceed with caution and be patient as drive times are extremely extended.
CHP requests that commercial drivers refer to Caltrans route restrictions and annual oversize permit regulations posted at: http://www.dot.ca.gov
Commercial drivers who are oversize and need a single use permit, call 916-322-1297.