Growing Northern California wildfire forces evacuations

Dramatic moment wildfire explodes along a California freeway

The Snell Fire was only 10 percent contained.

In this footage, firefighters on a train equipped with hoses and a water tank sprayed water from the train tracks on the slopes above and below.

California fires continue to light up the Golden State, with the Delta Fire and Hirz Fire two of the latest wildfires in Northern California to impact residents, as well as travelers passing through the region thanks to I-5 closures.

"We just want to thank our families for allowing us to go", he said.

More than 6,000 wildfires have hit the USA state of California this year, burning an area of 580,100 hectares (1,435,263 acres) and causing damages worth more than $2.56bn, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and the National Interagency Fire Center. 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.

The Delta Fire has grown to almost 41,000 acres and continues to force the closure of a stretch of Interstate 5 this morning with another evaluation of the threat to public safety set to take place this afternoon, according to a Caltrans tweet.

Authorities Sunday had no reopening date for a 45-mile (72-kilometer) section of Interstate 5 north of Redding. Due to the public safety threat posed by the Delta Fire, visitors and tourists will not be granted access through the soft closures to these communities.

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The Mendocino Complex fire burned over 459,000 acres and is the largest wildfire in the modern California history.

At least two people appear to have lost homes in the fire.

One of the New Zealand firefighters, Wipari Henwood, said crews would often work 16 hour days in gruelling conditions.

Underhill didn't know how many homes were evacuated, since she said it's a rural area with scattered residences.

Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey said the fire seems to have slowed, but since it's burning about 15 miles from the city, residents of Dunsmuir should make sure their cars are ready and their belongings are in place.

Map of the Delta Fire showing the perimeter at 1 a.m. PDT September 8, 2018.

A blaze that shut down a major highway and is burning out of control through timber and brush in Northern California grew overnight.

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