A meeting about the Delta and Hirz wildfires is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday evening, Sept. 7 in the Dunsmuir High School gymnasium.

Fire officials will give an overview of the fires burning south of Dunsmuir and answer questions. The meeting can be watched on Facebook Live at: www.facebook.com/ShastaTrinityNF/

As of Friday morning’s update, the Delta Fire had burned 24,558 acres and is expected to continue growing north and northwest over the next 12 hours.

Interstate 5 remains closed because of the Delta Fire 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.

The Hirz Fire was reported at 46,150 acres as of Thursday evening with 80 percent containment and an expected total containment date of Sept. 9.

For updates on the Delta Fire, see: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6191/

For updates on the Hirz Fire, see: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6116/

Caltrans reports that alternate routes for motorists traveling to and from Redding have been gridlocked at times.

Caltrans suggests the following alternate routes:

For motorists traveling south on I-5 from Mt. Shasta:

Take SR 89 to SR 299. Estimated to take 3 hours with grid-lock traffic speeds; or

Take southbound SR 89 to westbound SR 44 into Redding. Estimated to take up to 2 hours with moderate traveling speeds.

For motorists travelling north on I-5 from Redding:

Take eastbound SR 299 to northbound SR 89 then choose northbound SR 89 to Mount Shasta or

Take eastbound SR 299 to northbound SR 139 at Canby, to westbound SR 161 to Dorris, to southbound US 97 to Weed, and then back onto northbound I-5, an estimate of up to 5 hours.

Permit loads: In advance of travel for all permit loads, Caltrans recommends that you check current roadway restrictions at www.dot.ca.gov/trafficops/permits.