Sep 4, 2014 1:38 PM by News Staff
A fire near Wonderland Boulevard, north of Redding, has forced the evacuation of area homes and businesses and forced the closure Interstate-5 in both directions.
The fire was reported around 11 a.m. Thursday and is currently 16-acres and 70 percent contained.
An evacuation order was issued for residents of Wonderland Mobile Home and RV Park on Wonderland Boulevard.
Heavy smoke closed I-5 in the northbound direction at Mountain Gate and the southbound direction at Bridge Bay. The highway reopened all lanes around 4:30 p.m.
Students at North Woods Discovery Charter School were evacuated and taken to Shasta Lake Elementary School in the City of Shasta Lake.
An evacuation center for anyone displaced by the fire has been set up at Redding Pentecostal Church on Keswick Dam Road.