Wildfire that closed key California highway doubles in size

Dramatic moment wildfire explodes along a California freeway

In the video, a woman is heard begging her boyfriend to get out of their vehicle and leave as the fire raged closer to them.

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

- A wildfire on both sides of Interstate 5 has closed a almost 45-mile long stretch of the highway in Shasta County.

The Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center, campgrounds and other areas were evacuated Wednesday.

"It's not in the middle of a town, but there are some rural residences" in the area, Shasta-Trinity National Forest spokeswoman Carol Underhill said. As of Thursday, the Delta Fire had burned more than 15,000 acres. This route applies to both directions.

The two fires destroyed or damaged a combined 8,800 homes and 329 businesses.

About a dozen large wildfires are burning in California.

BREAKING: The #DeltaFire has forced the closure of I-5.

The fire was showing "critical" behaviour - burning fiercely and moving rapidly - but was still far away from any large towns, he added.

The highway that runs between Mexico and Canada, and is the main thoroughfare for commercial trucks, is closed for a third day and officials are meeting to assess whether it can reopen. Further north, dozer line along Middle Ridge is serving as a point for additional defensive firing operations in an effort to protect communities along the I-5 corridor, such as Castella and Dunsmuir.

'It isn't a lot of people, ' he said. Kyle Foster of the California Highway Patrol's Mount Shasta office told the Los Angeles Times.

Flames rising from a truck that has melted to the ground while another semi smokes in the background after the Delta Fire leapt into traffic.

Firefighters monitor a backfire while battling the Delta Fire in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest this week.

The Delta Fire has scorched more than 31,000 acres (12,545 hectares) in the Cascade range since erupting on Wednesday in a forest canyon along the Sacramento River, about 250 miles (402 km) north of San Francisco, fire officials said.

As of Thursday, firefighters had been unable to achieve any containment of the blaze, Vaccaro said, but it is hoped that a forecast gradual rise in humidity levels will help slow the fire's growth over the next few days. There will be many drivers on the road, so motorists should expect delays.

'Whatever occurred here was probably pretty ugly for a while'.

Authorities said Friday that a 72-kilometre section of Interstate 5 would remain closed at least until Sunday.

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