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UPDATE 9:05 a.m. Friday, Sept. 21, 2018 - The Delta Fire is now 60,702 acres and is 92 percent contained.
BEFORE: Lakehead area on Sept. 5, 2018, the day the fire broke out.
AFTER: Lakehead area on Sept. 10, five days after the fire started. I-5 has just re-opened, allowing one-lane of traffic through in each direction.
UPDATE 8:49 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018 - The Delta Fire is now 60,681 acres and is 88 percent contained.
UPDATE 7 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018 - The Delta Fire is now 87 percent contained at 60,277 acres.
UPDATE 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018 - The Delta Fire is now 81 percent contained, and remains at 60,277 acres. The U.S. Forest Service says 2,329 personnel are assigned to the fire.
UPDATE 6:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 17, 2018 - The Delta Fire is now 76 percent contained, and remains at 60,277 acres.
UPDATE 7:05 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018 - The Delta Fire is now 70 percent contained. The acreage has moved slightly to 60,277 acres. It has hovered close to that number over the last three days.
UPDATE 12:24 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018 - The Shasta County Sheriff's Office has lifted all evacuation orders for the Delta Fire.
The Hirz Bay boat launch is now open at Shasta Lake. The McCloud Arm of the lake is open for boat traffic at this time. Interstate 5 is also open, though restricted to one lane in each direction in most areas, at most times. Delays are possible due to active firefighting work and repairs along the Interstate.
Access to the Girard Ridge Lookout has been restored. The Pacific Crest Trail between Ash Camp and Gumboot is now open with no restrictions. All campgrounds east of Interstate 5 along Gilman Road are now open again.
UPDATE 9:00 am Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018 - The Delta Fire remains at 60,018 acres, but is now 64 percent contained. 2,718 personnel working to contain the fire, which is expected to be fully contained by next Saturday, Sept. 22.
The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office has issued mandatory evacuations for residents along the Interstate 5 corridor from exit 707 at Vollmers north to exit 714 at Gibson. There are no current evacuation orders for Trinity or Siskiyou County. The evacuation advisory for the community of Dunsmuir was lifted Saturday.
The Delta Fire has burned continuously in a large area near Interstate 5 north of Lakehead, California and about 14 miles south of Dunsmuir. Sunday firefighters continue to scout areas to use as containment lines, and are protecting both direct and indirect lines that are already in use. Some structure defense may be needed on Sunday in the path of the active fire.
UPDATE 6:40 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018 - The Delta Fire is now 56 percent contained, and still stands at 60,018 acres in size. There are 3,025 personnel involved in the firefighting efforts locally.17 structures have been destroyed
Sunday firefighters are working to secure the fire line on the east side of Interstate 5 in the Hazel Creek area.
Travelers on the Interstate are likely to see smoke and/or firefighting operations between the Gibson Road and Sims Road exits. Aircraft will also be visible in this area as they continue to assist with water drops and fireline monitoring.
Shelter Announcement: The Shelter at Mt. Shasta Armory closed Friday, September 14 at 4 p.m.
UPDATE 12:00 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018 - The Siskiyou County Sheriff has announced that the town of Dunsmuir is NO LONGER under an evacuation warning. According to Sheriff Jon Lopey, “The Delta Fire is no longer a serious or imminent threat to the citizens of Dunsmuir or other Siskiyou County residents in the area at this time. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the leaders and citizens of Dunsmuir for their patience, support, the compassion and team work they displayed helping others prepare for a possible evacuation. I would also like to thank the multitude of courageous first responders, including firefighters, law enforcement, emergency medical responders, highway workers, incident command team personnel, support persons, private contractors, and involved private companies, along with the thousands of federal, state, local, and tribal partners who have worked so hard to protect Dunsmuir and all impacted citizens from this catastrophic fire emergency and the many incidents that arose from its influence and impact.”
UPDATE 9:35 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018 - The Delta Fire is still 60,018 acres, meaning it has not grown in size since Friday morning. It is currently 41 percent contained, according to CAL FIRE officials.
On Friday planes and helicopters assisted with firefighting activities in the Hazel Creek area in the northeast and Damnation Peak in the southwest. Crews successfully contained three small spot fires in the Damnation Peak area.
Smoke was visible in the Highland Lakes area as crews successfully contained a six acre spot fire to the south. Crews also responded to a 100 acre pocket of fire activity within containment lines in this area.
Saturday firefighters will focus on securing line on the east side of Interstate 5 in the Hazel Creek area. Travelers on the highway are likely to see smoke and/or firefighting operations between Gibson Road and Sims Road exits. Aircraft will also be visible in this area as they continue to assist with water drops and fireline monitoring.
Crews will continue aggressive fire suppression efforts along the northeast edge of the fire near Wildcat Peak. Aircraft will continue to assist crews in this rocky terrain. Firefighters will strengthen fireline in the Highland Lakes area through mop-up operations to extinguish burning vegetation on the fire’s edge. In the south, crews will focus on completing fireline along Sandford Pass road in the Damnation Peak area. Aircraft will assist with monitoring and controlling the fire’s edge.
UPDATE 7 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 - The Delta Fire is now 60,018 acres and 28 percent contained, with the Interstate 5 open in both directions. It is down to one lane northbound in the Castella area. Gibson and Sims Roads are closed off of the highway North of Lakehead.
UPDATE 12 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 - The Delta Fire is now 59,915 acres and 24 percent contained.
UPDATE 5:57 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 - Caltrans has announced that both lanes of I-5 are now open.
UPDATE 4:55 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 - Shasta-Trinity National Forest Service says that the flare-up of the Delta Fire is not a spot fire or a new start to the fire. It is burning within containment lines, but I-5 has closed due to the fire's proximity to the highway.
Current activity on the #DeltaFire is not a spot fire or a new start. The fire is burning through an island of unburned fuel w/in containment lines near Gibson Rd. Aircraft & firefighters are on scene. I-5 is closed for safety due to the proximity of the fire to the hwy.
— Shasta-Trinity NF (@ShastaTrinityNF) September 13, 2018
UPDATE 3:32 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 - Caltrans announced another emergency closure on I-5 at Fawndale.
UPDATE 2:47 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 - Caltrans announced an emergency closure on I-5 northbound at Dog Creek Road and southbound at Mott Road due to a major flare-up of the Delta Fire at Gibson Road.
UPDATE 10:43 am. Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 - New numbers have been released this morning stating that the Delta Fire has destroyed 17 homes.
One home has also been damaged, and 100 remain threatened, according to Brad Bihon, public information officer for the Delta Fire.
UPDATE 7:05 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 - The Delta Fire is now 58,427 acres and 17 percent contained.
UPDATE 9:07 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018 - The U.S. Forest Service says the Delta Fire is now 57,233 Acres and 17 percent contained. On Wednesday, September 12, 2018, some mandatory evacuations have been lifted.
UPDATE 3:46 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018 - Caltrans announced that Interstate 5 north of Redding will be open with limited traffic control starting at 3 p.m. on Sept. 12. All truck restrictions have also been lifted.
UPDATE 7:19 a.m Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018 - The Delta fire is now 53,837 acres and 15 percent contained.
UPDATE 9:07 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018 - The U.S. Forest service says the Delta Fire is 53,837 acres and is 11 percent contained.
Fire officials say that this fire is the top priority fire in the nation with over 2,000 personnel on the Delta Fire and more on the way.
UPDATE 9:01 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018 - The Delta Fire is 53,311 acres and is 5 percent contained.
There is currently 2,380 personnel on the scene. Stay tuned for more updates.
UPDATE 7:55 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, 2018 - The U.S. Forest Service says the Delta Fire is now 49,874 acres and remains at 5% containment.
Interstate 5 between Redding and Mt. Shasta is open.
UPDATE 8:53 a.m. Monday, Sept. 10, 2018 - Caltrans announced that I-5 has reopened as of 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 10.
The interstate will be open to through travel only with one lane in each direction for approximately 17 miles between Antlers Bridge in Lakehead and Flume Creek Road south of Dunsmuir. There are also further restrictions in place.
UPDATE 8:30 a.m. Monday, September 10, 2018 - The Delta Fire is now 47,110 acres at 5 percent contained. There is 2,374 personnel working to contain the fire. There is no estimated time Interstate 5 will reopen. Action News Now is tracking the latest updates on the closure.
There will be a public meeting regarding both the Delta and Hirz Fires at 6 p.m. Monday, September 10th, at the Trinity Center Community (IOOF) Hall at 20 Scott Boulevard, Trinity Center. Those attending can anticipate fire officials to give an overview of current and expected fire conditions, as well as answer any questions residents may have.
UPDATE 7:30 p.m. Sunday, September 9, 2018 - The Delta Fire is still 40,903 acres in size and is five percent contained. Shasta-Trinity National Forest officials have updated current forest orders related to the Carr, Hirz, and Delta Fires.
• Carr Fire Closure Order has been lifted as of September 5, 2018, in the areas of the Shasta Lake Ranger District, Shasta Lake National Recreation Area, and the Trinity River Management Unit of the Shasta Trinity National Forest. Forest visitors are cautioned that hazards in any burned areas still exist. These include but are not limited to the increased potential for falling or down trees, road and trail damage and increased potential for mudslides.
• Hirz Fire Closure Order remains in place and now includes the portion of Pacific Crest Trail between Ash Camp and Gumboot. The closure on the McCloud arm has been lifted. There are currently no closures on Shasta Lake.
• Delta Fire Closure Order was issued September 8, 2018, and includes national forest lands west of the Hirz Fire towards Highway 3 in Trinity County. For the order and map denoting specific forest closure order boundaries, please visit our forest website.
To see the list of current Forest Orders in effect visit the U.S.F.S. website.
UPDATE 5:17 p.m. Sunday, September 9, 2018 - When Interstate 5 is opened to traffic, it will only be for one lane of travel in each direction, says Caltrans officials.
Workers have been preparing for the opening quietly behind the scenes, but as of about 5:00 p.m. Action News Now was told it would not happen tonight. They have 45 miles of freeway to prepare for the eventual opening. Authorities are not predicting when the Interstate will be open again.
As of Sunday morning, the blaze had devoured 63.9 square miles (165 ½ square kilometers). Trucks and other traffic have been using smaller highways, adding more than 100 miles to their travels.
UPDATE 12:37 p.m. Sunday, September 9, 2018 - Interstate 5 remains closed to thru traffic for a 45 mile stretch in Shasta and Siskiyou Counties, with hard and soft closures to allow some travel by residents and business owners/employees. A meeting was just held with members of the Shasta and Siskiyou Sheriff's Offices, the CHP, Caltrans, and the U.S. Forest Service to determine a strategy for the reopening of the Interstate.
They have decided that they want to wait until it is safe for residents to repopulate evacuated areas and communities before opening up the Interstate. There is no estimate as to the time and day I-5 will be reopened.
The Delta Fire burning in Shasta and Trinity Counties is 40,903 acres and is five percent contained, which was achieved by tying in a large section of the eastern edge of the Delta Fire with the Hirz Fire.
The Delta Fire was active Saturday night under heavy smoke cover and lower than forecasted humidity. Crews are working Sunday to hold primary control lines and protect threatened homes, communities and natural resources.
Firefighters are working on control lines to limit the fire's growth toward Riverview, Pollock, and Lakehead. They are preparing contingency lines that were created for the Carr Fire to control the southwest progression of the fire.
Crews are also working to strengthen control lines south of Middle Ridge and Sweetbriar Ridge, to be used as contingency lines. Crews will tie this area into a frontage road line directly west of I-5.
Both the Hirz and Delta fires were human-caused, says the Forest Service. The Hirz Fire is expected to be fully contained by midnight Sunday, September 9, 2018.
UPDATE 7:16 a.m. Sunday, September 9, 2018 - The Delta Fire is 40,903 acres in size and is now five percent contained.
12-hour forecast: Fire will still be active as the inversion builds back in and smoke shades the fire area. Temperatures and humidities stay the same as the previous days. Fire will continue to grow to the north, northwest and northeast.
UPDATE 7:26 p.m. Saturday, September 8, 2018 - The Delta Fire is now 40,580 acres. There is still no containment reported for this fire. There is 2,132 firefighting personnel working to contain this fire.
UPDATE 6:45 p.m. Saturday, September 8, 2018 - The primary spread of the fire is to the northwest. Officials said the fire is about two miles from the Riverview day use area on Shasta Lake.
Firefighters report some success fighting the fire near homes on Dog Creek Road. They had some trouble holding their dozer line Saturday, however. The fire was able to move to Dog Creek, and the dozer line has now been pushed down. Firefighters have been trying to reinforce that dozer line over the past few hours.
The fire has not yet crossed east fork of the Trinity, and officials hope they can hold it there. They were dipping water Saturday from Trinity Lake and were dropping it where needed on the northwest perimeter of the fire. Firefighters have been working hard Saturday building bulldozer lines up to Wildcat Peak in the Trinity County region.
Forest Service officials report they have had some trouble on Saturday holding their bulldozer lines at Dog Creek. They have been working to reinforce that line over the last few hours.
On the east side of the Interstate, there is a large control line from the Hirz Fire. Firefighters were working on that when the Delta Fire started. They are working hard to push the Delta Fire into the Hirz Fire.
At a community meeting held at 6:00 p.m. in Lakehead, it was stressed that the I-5 corridor is the highest priority. They need to stop the northern spread of the fire in order to secure the safety of the communities of Dunsmuir and Castella. Firing operations are occurring right now at Shotgun Creek in an attempt to bring the fire down to the I-5 corridor just above Gibson.
A Caltrans official said their goal is to make I-5 safe and open it as soon as possible. They want to get contractors started removing hazard trees and replacing guardrails. There's a possibility of a partial opening of Interstate 5, probably one lane at first, with very long travel times. There is no set time for any opening of I-5. In the sidebar on the right, we are publishing the latest information on the I-5 closure from the California Highway Patrol (Mount Shasta and Redding areas), the Shasta and Siskiyou County Sheriff's Offices, in collaboration with the United State Forest Service.
UPDATE 11:58 a.m. Saturday, September 8, 2018 - The Saturday night community meeting for the Delta and Hirz Fires will be streamed via Facebook live at 6:00 p.m., if connectivity allows for it, according to fire officials.
They will provide community members with an overview of current and expected fire conditions at the meeting, which will be followed with a question and answer session.
The meeting will be held at the Lakehead Lion's Club at 20814 Mammoth Drive in Lakehead.
The Facebook page is http://www.facebook.com/ShastaTrinityNF/.
UPDATE 7:30 a.m. Saturday, September 8, 2018 - The human-caused Delta Fire has grown to 36,970 acres. There is no containment at this time. It is predicted that the fire will become more active once the inversion lifts. It is expected to grow to the north and northwest.
Much of the timber being burned in the Delta Fire has no recent fire history. USFS officials report that there is a lot of downed and dead wood that is burning in this fire as well.
1,829 personnel are working on the fire team.
A public meeting for the Delta and Hirz Fires will be held Saturday evening at 6:00 p.m. at the Lakehead Lion's.
Interstate 5 is still closed at the south end at the Fawndale exit, approximately 10 miles north of Redding. Lakehead residents with ID will be allowed on the Interstate, but all others will be detoured. At the north end of the Delta Fire, Interstate 5 is closed at Mott Road, located 3.6 miles south of Mt. Shasta. Dunsmuir residents are allowed beyond the closure, but all our drivers and vehicles will be detoured.
The shelter at Central Valley High School has Closed and a new Evacuation Shelter has opened at Mercy Oaks in Redding. Another shelter is in Mount Shasta. Click on this link for details on evacuation orders, advisories, warning and Red Cross shelters.
UPDATE 11:21 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 - The U.S. Forest Service say the Delta Fire is now 31,325 Acres and 0% Contained.
Operations Section Chief Keith Gurrola says the Delta Fire was active again today and made a strong push north-west. He said they have old control lines from the Hirz Fire which is slowing the Delta Fire down.
Road Closures: Interstate 5 remains closed at the Fawndale exit for northbound traffic. I-5 remains closed at Mott Road for southbound traffic. There is no an estimated time when I-5 will reopen.
Shasta County Evacuations: Several structures remain threatened. The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office has issued mandatory evacuations for residents along the Interstate 5 corridor from exit 707 at Vollmers north to exit 714 at Gibson.
Siskiyou County Evacuations: Residents of Dunsmuir are under an evacuation warning.
Trinity County Evacuations: The Trinity County Sheriff's Office has issued a mandatory evacuation notice for residents of East Fork Toad to Ramshorn Road east to the Shasta Trinity County line.
Current Evacuation Shelters:
100 Mercy Oaks
-National Guard Armory
618 Everitt Memorial Hwy, Mount Shasta
UPDATE 1:44 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 - The Shasta-Trinity National Forest is holding a press conference on the Delta Fire at the Shasta-Trinity National Forest Headquarters in Redding.
Tune into Action News Now's Facebook Page to get live video of the conference.
UPDATE 11:27 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 - Caltrans has announced that a portion of I-5 will remain closed through Sunday, Sept. 9, while they assess the damage caused by the Delta Fire. Get more details HERE.
UPDATE 7:52 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 - The U.S. Forest Service says the Delta Fire is now 24,558 acres with no containment. 280 structures are threatened. More than 1,500 fire personnel are working on the front lines of the fire.
A public meeting is being held Friday night on both the Delta and Hirz Fires. That is at 6 p.m. at the Dunsmuir High School Gymnasium at 5805 High School Way in Dunsmuir.
UPDATE 6:54 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018 - The Delta Fire is now 22,000 acres.
UPDATE 2:37 p.m. Thursday, Sept.6, 2018 - The Delta Fire has now crossed over into Trinity County and is moving down Hall's Gulch.
UPDATE 1:17 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018 - Action News Now reporter Spencer Joseph is on the scene of the fire and has confirmed at least five structures that have been destroyed by the Delta Fire.
The homes are located off of Coyote Pass Road and State Creek Road off of Interstate 5.
UPDATE 8:00 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018 - The U.S. Forest Service says the Delta Fire is now 15,294 acres and is zero percent contained.
An evacuation warning has been issued for the town of Dunsmuir.
UPDATE 9:08 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018 - The U.S. Forest Service says the Delta Fire is now 5,000 acres and is zero percent contained.
The Shasta County Sheriff's Office has issued an evacuation warning for the community of Dunsmiur.
The U.S. Forest Service says the fire is human-caused.
UPDATE 5:41 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018 - The Delta Fire is now 2,000 acres and is zero percent contained.
There is currently 600 fire personnel on the scene battling the blaze. Stay tuned for more updates.
UPDATE 3:34 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018 - The Delta Fire is now 500 acres. An evacuation center is opening up at the Mount Shasta Community Center, located at 629 Alder St., Mount Shasta.
UPDATE 3:13 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018 - The Shasta County Sheriff's Office is issuing evacuations for the Delta Fire on both sides of the I-5 north of Lakehead to the Shasta/Siskiyou County line.
INITIAL REPORT 2:48 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018 - Firefighters and Shasta-Trinity National Forest officials are responding to a fire burning off of I-5, near Lakehead.
According to the forest service, the blaze started around 1:30 p.m. and is near the Vollmers Exit off of I-5.
Caltrans has advised that Northbound I-5 is closed at Fawndale Road, north of Redding, due to the fire. Southbound I-5 is also currently closed at Mott Road, north of Dunsmuir.
Stay with KHSL Channel 12 and actionnewsnow.com for the latest updates as they become available.
The map below shows the parameters of the Delta Fire as well as hot spots, evacuation centers, road closures and more.
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