Salt Creek fire grows to 500 acres, traffic flowing on I-5

Skye Kinkade

Interstate 5 has been reopened in both directions this morning, but the Salt Creek fire has grown to approximately 500 acres and is threatening some major power lines.

The cause of the wildfire, which began yesterday afternoon at about 1:30 p.m., is still under investigation, according to the US Forest Service’s online Incident Information System.

Approximately 100 structures are threatened, and evacuations of residences nearby will most likely remain in place overnight, according to the Forest Service.

As of 9 a.m. on Friday, the fire is 20 percent contained. The estimated containment date, with no complications, is Sunday at approximately 6 p.m., the US Forest Service said.

Forest Service and CAL FIRE crews are currently being supported by air resources, including three helicopters, one air attack aircraft, four air tankers and 20 overhead. Also assigned to the fire are 36 Type 3 engines, 10 Type 2 engines, five water tenders, five dozers and six hand crews.

Interstate 5 was closed for several hours yesterday as heavy smoke caused zero visibility, according to Mount Shasta California Highway Patrol officer Kim Baldi.

Motorists were rerouted at the Highway 89 interchange and encouraged to use 89 and Highway 299 to go around the fire, according to Caltrans. Northbound motorists were stopped at Fawndale before the freeway was reopened last night.