Officials on Sunday will reevaluate whether to reopen the route that traverses the entire West Coast from Mexico to Canada and usually swarms with trucks and traffic. Drivers fled in terror and several big-rigs burned.
The U.S. Forest Service said Thursday the blaze burning along Interstate 5 near Redding had grown to 23 square miles (60 square kilometers).
Almost 300 homes were considered threatened, but the blaze was not burning near any large towns, fire spokesman Brandon Vacarro said.
Cal Fire spokesman Brandon Vacarro said about 280 homes were considered threatened by the fire and that at least one outbuilding and two mixed-use commercial and residential structures had been damaged.
"It's been ridiculously congested". The truck stop's facilities were stretched to their limits, cashier Jacob Chapman said Thursday afternoon. "A lot of the truckers are upset". They would be delivered home baking, "and some of the guys, someone got about 40 pizzas to them out on the fire line".
Jessica Gardetto, a spokeswoman for the National Interagency Fire Center, told the newspaper that wildfires are likely to grow and become more hard to contain. The general mood is just exhausted and upset.
"The worst may be yet to come", Commissioner David Jones warned at a San Francisco news conference, noting that California wildfires are typically more destructive after September 1.
A fire rages as motorists travel on Interstate 5 near Lake Shasta, Calif., Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018.
One of the New Zealand firefighters, Wipari Henwood, said crews would often work 16 hour days in gruelling conditions.
"It's a marathon that just keeps getting longer and longer", said J Olsen, a firefighter with Central Calaveras Fire and Rescue who worked the Mendocino Complex fire.
"You can't underestimate the value of our people getting the opportunity to go over there and practice those skills on these large incidents and bring those skills home for us in the future". "Please, guys, come put it out".
The Delta fire is believed to have been human-caused, but details aren't available at this time.
The two fires on Thursday were raging just weeks after a blaze in the Redding area killed eight people and burned some 1,100 homes in a frightening start to the fire season. It was only fully contained last week.
In 2018 to date, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has fought 4,587 fires blackening 612,710 acres, the agency reported.