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Trucks Burned and Abandoned Due To California Wildfire

by Charlotte Freed | Sep 07, 2018

The Delta Forest Fire rages
While the smoke has cleared in some areas of the country, a major wildfire called The Delta Fire in Redding has prompted the closure of miles upon miles of California freeway on September 6. After tripling in size over the course of one night, the fire swept through both sides of I-5 nearing Oregon and has required mandatory evacuations after spreading 23 square miles.

The fire has caused truckers to abandon their vehicles on the road. Roughly 17 trucks have been abandoned and at least four have caught fire. The fire has left vehicles scattered along 45 miles of closed interstate and has delayed service on Amtrak’s Coast Starlight between Oregon and Sacramento. Homes are under evacuation orders and the fire is still showing “critical” behaviors, with no end in sight.

The U.S. Forest Service has launched a full aircraft attack and ground response with over 600 firefighters battling the extreme flames. The fire was human-caused, but no further details have been provided. A fire in the same area destroyed 1,100 homes and killed eight people in August and was only fully contained last week.

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