Wildfire in Shasta County burns 15000

Wildfire in Shasta County burns 15000

East Fork Road up to Ramshorn Road and east to the Shasta County line is under mandatory evacuation. Get the full story in the video above.

"I can't breathe", the woman says, sobbing. "We want to make sure these guys have something to come home to".

The Ranch Fire began about 12:03 p.m. July 27 and is now the largest in California history, according to Cal Fire.

A raging wildfire burning in Shasta County has charred 15,294 acres as of Thursday morning, the U.S. Forest Service said.

Ranchers were told to prepare to move livestock out of the area in Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.

A nearby fire in the Redding area burned some 1,100 homes and killed eight people last month.

A new wildfire was raging in northern California on Friday, having already devastated nearly 25,000 acres (10,000 hectares) in just two days and continuing to spread.

The fast-moving fire forced truck drivers to abandon their rigs on the highway.

Firefighters were also tired, moving from one major blaze to another, battling one of the last outbreaks of wildfires in California history.

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The Legislature budgets for firefighting costs based on historical averages. It was 8 square miles (21 square kilometers) on Wednesday.

The fire was showing "critical" behaviour - burning fiercely and moving rapidly - but was still far away from any large towns, he added. I-5 is California's largest freeway and runs north-south from the OR border through San Diego.

An evacuation shelter is available at Mount Shasta Community Center at 629 Alder Street in Mount Shasta.

'It isn't a lot of people, ' he said.

Officials said that they will reasses the safety of reopening Interstate 5 on Friday morning. Officials say about 17 big-rigs were abandoned and at least four caught fire. Kyle Foster of the California Highway Patrol's Mount Shasta office told the Los Angeles Times.

Evacuations orders have been issued for the fire on both sides of I-5 north, from Lakehead, to the Shasta-Siskiyou County line.

There was no overnight mapping by a fixed wing aircraft Thursday night, possibly because one of the two U.S. Forest Service infrared scanning planes was down with mechanical difficulties. There will be many drivers on the road, so motorists should expect delays.

"There's vehicles scattered all over", Brandon Vaccaro said. "Whatever occurred here was probably pretty ugly for a while". Southbound Interstate 5 is closed 3.6 miles south of Mt. Shasta at Mott Road. As a result, Amtrak temporarily suspended its Coast Starlight passenger train service between Sacramento, California, and Klamath Falls, Oregon.

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