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Get up-to-date road closures and traffic conditions pertaining to the Delta Fire in the story below.

Posted: Sep. 6, 2018 10:57 AM
Updated: Sep. 24, 2018 9:35 AM

UPDATE 5:54 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 - Caltrans announced that I-5 is now open in both directions. 


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. 

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UPDATE 5:33 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 - Caltrans has announced that northbound I-5 is open between Redding and Mount Shasta. Southbound remains closed. 


UPDATE 3:27 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 - Caltrans has announced that I-5 is now closed northbound 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. 

Stay with KHSL Channel 12 and actionnewsnow.com for the latest updates as they become available. 


UPDATE 3:37 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018 - Caltrans announced today that all lanes of I-5 will be open with limited traffic control as of 3 p.m. on Sept. 12. 

Ramp closures will remain in effect except for residents that live in the areas where evacuation orders have been lifted. 

Rest areas at O'Brien and Lakehead are now open. 

Drivers may be subject to single-lane traffic control during daytime hours between Lamoine and Pollard Flat due to the reconstruction of the freeway due to the fire. 


UPDATE 3:21 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018 - Interstate 5 is open. California Highway Patrol and Caltrans are no longer screening vehicles to travel I-5. 


UPDATE 8:48 a.m. Monday, Sept. 10, 2018 - Caltrans announced that I-5 has reopened as of 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 10 with restrictions in place. 

The interstate will be open to travel with one lane in each direction for approximately 17 miles between Antlers Bridge in Lakehead and Flume Creek Road south of Dunsmuir.

The following restrictions apply:

  • The roadway will be reduced to one lane in each direction for the 17 miles
  • No potential flammable vehicles will be allowed through. This includes any vehicles carrying hay, wood chips, lumber, logs and other loads deemed flammable when screened
  • All potentially flammable vehicles will be screened northbound at Fawndale Road and southbound at Mott Road and will be redirected to alternate routes if necessary
  • Travel is for through traffic only and all ramps to and from the freeway within the fire damaged area will be staffed by the California Highway Patrol and Caltrans

Alternative routes 

For Motorists traveling south on I-5 from Mt. Shasta o Take SR 89 to take westbound SR 299 to SR 3 to Redding (estimated to take 3 hours with grid-lock traffic speeds)

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

For Motorists traveling north on I-5 from Redding o Take eastbound SR 299 to northbound SR 89 then travelers may choose to take northbound SR 89 to Mount Shasta (Estimated to take up to 3 hours with grid-lock traffic speeds)

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 (Estimated to take up to 5 hours at free flow traveling speeds) 


UPDATE 1:00 p.m. - Saturday, September 8, 2018 - Interstate 5 remains closed to thru traffic for a 45 mile stretch in Shasta and Siskiyou Counties due to the Delta Fire, with current hard and soft closures remaining in place to allow some travel by residents and business owners/employees (see sidebar).

A meeting was held Sunday 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 group does not want to make early announcements about their interstate opening plans so that cars and trucks will not be lining up to access the important travel corridor when it finally does open.


UPDATE 7:25 p.m. Saturday, September 8, 2018 - Please read the sidebar for the latest communication to the public about the hard and soft closures on Interstate 5 due to the Delta Fire.


UPDATE 8 a.m. Saturday, September 8, 2018 - Interstate 5 remains closed at this time. An assessment will be made on Sunday to determine when the highway can be opened for travel again. (See postings below for alternate routes)


UPDATE 11:00 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 - Caltrans says that I-5 will remain closed until Sunday, Sept. 9 as the Delta Fire continues to burn over 24,000 acres in Shasta and Trinity Counties. 

Caltrans says that there are guardrails, signs and center median areas damaged by the fire. Officials still need full access to the highway as there are still areas of the fire burning very close. 

Additionally, there are approximately 3,000 trees that pose a hazard to areas of I-5. Caltrans will re-assess I-5 on Sunday to determine whether it will be re-opened. 

See below for the most recent alternative routes to use on I-5.  

Traveling south on I-5 from Mount Shasta:

Take SR 89 to take westbound SR 299 to SR 3 to Redding (estimated to take three hours with grid-lock traffic speeds) 

Take southbound SR 89 to westbound SR 44 into Redding (estimated to take up to 2 hours with moderate traveling speeds) 

Traveling north on I-5 from Redding:

Take eastbound SR 299 to northbound SR 89. Then, you can choose to take northbound SR 89 to Mount Shasta. (estimated to take up to 3 hours with grid-lock traffic speeds) 

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 (estimated to take up to 5 hours and free-flowing traveling speeds) 


UPDATE 4:46 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018 - Authorities say that 45 miles of Interstate 5 will be closed until Friday due to the Delta Fire. 

CHP Officer said that the only alternative route is adding eight hours onto motorist's trips. The 140-mile detour on Hgihway 299 to Route 89 is also bumper-to-bumper the entire route due to heavy traffic flow and a traffic incident early today. 

Officials said that they will reassess the safety of reopening Interstate 5 on Friday morning. 

The Associated Press contributed to this article. 


UPDATE 2:35 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018 - There is a hard road closure at East Side Road and East Fork Road for non-residents due to new mandatory evacuations


TRINITY COUNTY, Calif. - In the latest update from the State-Trinity National Forest Service as of 10 a.m. on Sept. 6, Northbound Interstate 5 is closed at the Fawndale exit approximately 10 miles north of Redding. Southbound Interstate 5 is closed 3.6 miles south of Mt. Shasta at Mott Road. 

Alternative Route: 

California Highway Patrol (CHP) says that the most direct route will take motorists an hour and a half out of the way. Drivers can take I-5 South to Mount Shasta. They are advising to take the State Route 89 detour, drive until they reach State Route 299. That road will then take you to I-5 in South Redding. This route applies to both directions. 

CHP is advising that this alternative route is a windy, two-lane road. Anyone with an RV or trailer should driver carefully. There will be many drivers on the road, so motorists should expect delays. 

Caltrans Quickmap: 

Click on the map to view the Caltrans Quickmap, which shows the latest road closures and traffic information.

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