Delta Fire Update, September 7 4:05 PM

The latest updates on the Delta/Hirz Fires:

Current CalTrans road conditions:

Interstate 5

IS CLOSED FROM 10 MI NORTH OF REDDING /AT FAWNDALE RD/ (SHASTA CO) TO 3.6 MI SOUTH OF MOUNT SHASTA /AT MOTT RD/ (SISKIYOU CO) – DUE TO A WILDFIRE – MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO USE AN ALTERNATE ROUTE

Updates from nwcg.gov

Current Situation
Total Personnel 1,522
Size 24,558 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Saturday September 22nd, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM

The fire is burning in grass, brush, understory and mixed conifer. The fire had several sustained crown runs with spotting of up to .75 miles and continued to burn actively during the burn period. Fire burned to the north and northwest.

Outlook
Projected Incident Activity
12 hour:Fire will burn actively into the night until the inversion strengthens and nighttime humidities increase. Where fuels, wind speed/direction and topography align, fire will continue to be active. Fire will continue to grow to the north and northwest in alignment with topography.

24 hour:Fire will be moderate until the inversion breaks in the early afternoon. Fire activity will increase as a dry cold front approaches from the northwest with increased southwest winds with gusts 15-20 during the day, then turning west northwest 15-25 mph by midnight after the front passes.

Hirz Fire and Delta Fire Public Meeting
September 7, 2018 at 6:00 P.M..
Dunsmuir High School Gymnasium – 5805 High School Way, Dunsmuir, California

Current Situation:

The Delta Fire remained active yesterday and throughout the night. The fire progressed primarily to the northwest, but it is also extremely active along the eastern edge between Interstate 5 and the Hirz Fire. There are several areas along the southern perimeter where the fire crossed over primary control lines and crews are aggressively attacking these slop-overs to prevent the fire from making southerly progress.

Life safety and protecting structures remain the foremost priority for the incident, and firefighters are working diligently 24 hours a day to protect the communities and residences threated by the Delta Fire. Dozer operators and hand crews are constructing fuel breaks. To protect Highland Springs, north of Boulder Creek, crews are constructing dozer lines and conducting a series of defensive backfiring operations around the community. 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. East of Interstate 5 at Sims Flat, crews are using an existing Hirz Fire contingency line along Sweetbriar Ridge as an indirect control line for the Delta Fire to limit its northeastern spread.

On the fire’s southeast side, near Riverview, firefighters are planning to use Middle Salt Creek as their southernmost control line. On the western side, crews continue to use a contingency line from the Carr Fire along Mosquito Creek Ridge as the primary control line.

Heavy smoke is over the fire and surrounding areas due to an inversion. With the hot and dry weather and gusty winds, the inversion is projected to lift around midday, which will increase fire activity and spread. Aircraft have been used heavily in the last two days to assist with slowing the fire’s progression and protecting communities and infrastructure. As visibility improves, helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft will continue to assist with suppression efforts through water and retardant drops. A temporary flight restriction (TFR) is in effect over the fire area .

Road Closures:

For northbound traffic, Interstate 5 is closed at the Fawndale exit, approximately 10 miles north of Redding. Lakehead residents with ID are allowed beyond this closure; everyone else will be detoured. Further north, all traffic is stopped at Lakehead.

For southbound traffic, Interstate 5 is closed at Mott Road, 3.6 miles south of Mt. Shasta. Dunsmuir residents are allowed beyond this closure; everyone else will be detoured. Further south, all traffic is stopped at Gibson Road.

Shasta County Evacuations:

Numerous structures are threatened, and the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office has issued mandatory evacuations for residents along the Interstate 5 corridor from exit 707 at Vollmers north to exit 714 at Gibson. Follow the Shasta County Sheriff’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Shasta-County-Sheriffs-Office-1527637610823075/

Siskiyou County Evacuations:

The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office has issued an evacuation warning, not a mandatory evacuation, for all residents of Dunsmuir. Follow the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page: www.facebook.com/SiskiyouCountySheriff.

Trinity County Evacuations:

The Trinity County Sheriff’s Office has issued a mandatory evacuation notice for residents of East Fork Toad to Ramshorn Road east to the Shasta Trinity County line. There will be a hard road closure at East Side Road and East Fork Road for non-residents. There is an evacuation advisory only from the East Fork/East Side Road junction west to Highway 3 northward to Ramshorn Road. Follow the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office Fecebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Trinity-County-Sheriffs-Office-1635934306689276/

Evacuation Shelters:

An evacuation shelter is open at the Mount Shasta Community Center, 629 Alder Street, Mount Shasta.

A second evacuation shelter is available as needed at Central Valley High School, 4066 La Mesa Avenue, Shasta Lake City. Evacuees needing shelter services should call 844-236-0163 and the shelter will be opened.

Small Animal Shelter:

The Siskiyou Humane Society is housing dogs and cats for evacuees using the evacuation shelter. The humane society is at 1208 North Mount Shasta Blvd (530-926-4052). Evacuees can bring their pets and visit/feed/feed them during the shelter hours of operation (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.). Evacuees are responsible for taking care of their own animals every day.

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Current Situation:
22,000 Acres
0% Contained
1,224 Personnel

Road Closures
Northbound Interstate 5 is closed at the Fawndale exit approximately 10 miles north of Redding. Southbound Interstate 5 is closed 3.6 miles south of Mt. Shasta at Mott Rd. Motorists are advised to use an alternate route and avoid the area.

Shasta County Evacuations:
Numerous structures are threatened, and the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office has issued mandatory evacuations for residents along the Interstate 5 corridor from exit 707 at Vollmers north to exit 714 at Gibson.. Follow the Shasta County Sheriff’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Shasta-County-Sheriffs-Office-1527637610823075/

Trinity County Evacuations:
The Trinity County Sheriff’s Office has issued a mandatory evacuation notice for residents of East Fork Road to Ramshorn Road east to Shasta-Trinity County line. There will be a hard road closure at East Side and East Fork Road for non-residents.

There is an Evacuation Advisory only from the East Fork/East Side Road junction west to Highway 3 northward to Ramshorn Road.

Siskiyou County Evacuations:
The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office has issued an evacuation warning for all residents of Dunsmuir. Call the 24-Hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900 or the Dunsmuir Substation at (530) 235-2320 or 235-2232 with questions. Follow the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page: www.facebook.com/SiskiyouCountySheriff.

Evacuation Shelter:
An evacuation shelter has been established at Mount Shasta Community Center, 629 Alder Street, Mount Shasta.

Small Animal Shelter:
The Siskiyou Humane Society is accepting small animals for evacuees using the evacuation shelter. The humane society is at 1208 North Mount Shasta Blvd (530-926-4052).

Road Closures from CalTrans

INTERSTATE 5 IN THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AREA
IS CLOSED FROM 10 MI NORTH OF REDDING /AT FAWNDALE RD/ (SHASTA CO) TO 3.6 MI SOUTH OF MOUNT SHASTA /AT MOTT RD/ (SISKIYOU CO) – DUE TO A WILDFIRE – MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO USE AN ALTERNATE ROUTE

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