Interstate 5 north of Redding now open with limited restrictions

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
On a smoky 9-11 day in McCloud, firefighters drive through streets lined with American flags. Firefighter Taylor Silva from Sacramento said, “We are really impressed at the McCloud community support and patriotism.” Firefighter Engineer Mark Schreck, also from Sacramento, said, “You wouldn’t see the American flags on every street in a bigger town on this somber day of remembrance.” Firefighters working on the Delta and Hirz Fires have a base camp in McCloud.

As of 3 p.m. today, Sept. 12, Interstate 5 north of Redding is open with limited traffic control and all truck restrictions have been lifted.

As announced by Caltrans District 2, in cooperation with the California Highway Patrol, the US Forest Service, the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office and the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office:

“Ramp closures will remain in effect except for residents that live in areas where evacuation orders have been lifted. Rest areas at O’Brien and Lakehead are now open.

“Due to re-construction of damaged freeway infrastructure, travelers may be subject to single lane traffic control during daytime hours between Lamoine and Pollard Flat. Motorists are asked to drive with caution and be aware that emergency vehicles may be in the area. Please remember to Move Over when you see yellow or emergency lights.

“As of September 12, 2018, at 3:00 PM, the Delta Fire has now burnt 53,837 acres and is at 15% containment. Officials from all agencies involved in the response to this fire have determined that the freeway is safe for travel. Motorists are asked to drive safely remember that potential closures can happen at any time due to fire activity or emergency need.

“Caltrans would like to thank all our partner agencies who have been working collaboratively and quickly to suppress this fire, open the Interstate and restore services. For the most current information, please call our hotline at 530-225-3452 or visit Facebook at Caltrans District 2 or Twitter @caltransD2.”