The California Highway Patrol reports that the Delta Fire is still burning on both sides of the highway in northern Shasta County.
The California Highway Patrol is reporting that Interstate-5 in the area of the Delta Fire in northern California will remain closed at least through Sunday morning, Sept. 9.
There is no projected date for the highway to reopen, according to a CHP press release, which states that the decision was made by the CHP, California Department of Transportation, and US Forest Service because of continuing fire on both side of the highway.
I-5 has been closed from Fawndale Road (exit 689), 10 miles north of Redding, to Mott Road (exit 734), about 2 miles south of the junction with SR 89, south of Mount Shasta, since Wednesday afternoon when the Delta Fire swept through the area.
As stated in the release, the Forest Service “is actively conducting back burn and firing operations to preserve life and property. In addition to fire damage, Caltrans is always assessing the freeway for falling trees and other potential hazards. The CHP, and our partners, will be constantly assessing conditions in order to reopen the freeway as soon as it is safe to do so.”
For updates on the fire’s progression along the interstate see the CHP Facebook page. For up-to-date information regarding the fire, see: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6191/
For current traffic, road conditions, and detour information, go to: http://www.dot.ca.gov/d2/index.html.
The CHP thanks “everyone for their patience and understanding of the road closure as well as your overwhelming support for all first responders. Please ensure you plan ahead and you factor in the additional time detours may take you.”