Abandoned trucks litter California highway as wildfire rages

Posted at 1:49 PM, Sep 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-06 16:59:11-04

REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Abandoned trucks are scattered along a section of a major California freeway, which closed after a wildfire exploded near Redding.

The Delta Fire erupted Wednesday and has roared through timber and brush on both sides of Interstate 5 near the Oregon state line.

Fire officials say the blaze, which was human-caused, shut down about 45 miles of the freeway and there's no word when it will reopen.

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California Highway Patrol Lt. Cmdr. Kyle Foster tells the Los Angeles Times that truckers abandoned 17 big-rigs as flame raged next to the freeway, and at least four rigs caught fire.

Evacuations were ordered for scattered homes and cabins in and around the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.

But while the fire was moving rapidly, fire officials say it doesn't immediately threaten any large towns.

So far, the blaze has scorched more than 15,000 acres.