Delta Fire burns more than 60,000 Acres; 'Human' Caused

(Courtesy: Phillip Jones)

UPDATE: 09/18/18 9:45 AM

The Delta Fire remains at 60,277 acres today, with an increased containment of up to 81%.

Firefighters are hoping to complete the fire lines today, weather permitting. Crews are continuing with mop-up and improving existing containment lines.

As previous updates have mentioned, all evacuation zones and advisories for the Delta Fire have been lifted in Shasta, Trinity, and Siskiyou Counties.

UPDATE: 09/17/18 10:30 AM

Size: 60,277 acres / Containment: 76%

The USFS has also confirmed that 17 structures have been destroyed by the wildfire.

Today firefighters will be focusing on direct suppression where the fire is not yet contained, easy of the I-5. Travelers on the highway will likely see smoke between the Gibson and Sims exits.

All evacuation zones and advisories for the Delta Fire have been lifted in Shasta, Trinity & Siskiyou Counties.

UPDATE: 09/12/18 3:30 PM

Mandatory evacuations have been lifted and residents may return home in the following areas:

-Delta Rd

-La Moine Rd

-Delta School Rd

-Pollard Flat area

-Slate Creek Rd

-Little Slate Creek Rd

-Eagles Roost Rd

-Eviesbrood Rd

-Coyote Pass Rd

It should be noted that these areas are for residents only, according to the US Forest Service. Residents entering these areas will be required to provide documentation to verify residency.

The following areas will remain under mandatory evacuations:

-Residents off of Dog Creek Rd

-Sugarloaf Lookout Rd

-Saylor Rd

-Harr Ridge Rd

-McCall Creek Rd

-Cavanaugh Canyon Rd

-Fenders Ferry Rd

-Highland Lakes Rd

-Campbell Creek Rd

-Rivera Dr

-Karwin Dr

Nighthawk Ln

-Shotgun Creek Rd

-Upper Shotgun #1 & #2 Rds

-Mears Ridge Rd

-Sims Rd

-Sims Lookout Rd

-Hazel Creek Rd

-Girard Ridge Rd

Interstate-5 north of Redding has opened with limited traffic control this afternoon. All truck restrictions have been lifted, however ramp closures at Sims Road and Gibson Road will remain in effect to due active evacuation orders.

Rest areas at O'Brien and Lakehead are now open.

UPDATE: 09/12/18 10:00 AM

The Delta Fire, just south of Dunsmuir, California, and north of Lake Shasta, has grown to 53,837 acres today, with containment at 15%, according to the US Forest Service.

Interstate-5 between Redding and Mt. Shasta is open, however travel is reduced to one lane in each direction for the 17 mile stretch. Trucks with flammable, external loads must use an alternative route.

The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office has issued an evacuation warning (not mandatory) for all residents of Dunsmuir.

The mandatory evacuations for residents along the I-5 corridor from exit 707 at Vollmers north to exit 714 at Gibson is still in effect, according to the Shasta County Sheriff's Office.

UPDATE: 09/11/18 10:00 AM

Size: 53,311 acres / Containment: 5%

All current evacuations put in place by the Shasta County Sheriff's Office are still in effect. The Shasta-Trinity National Forest expects to contain the fire by September 22nd.

Update: Sept. 9, 2018 | 3:00 p.m.

The fire burns at 40,903 acres and is 5% contained.

Update: Sept. 8, 2018 | 11:00 a.m.

The fire burns at 36.970 acres and is 0% contained.

A public meeting will be held September 8th at 6:00 p.m at the Lakehead Lion's Club at 20814 Mammoth Drive, Lakehead California.

UPDATE 09/06/18 3:45 PM

Size: 24,558 Acres / 0% Contained

According to the US Forest Service Shasta-Trinity National Forest, the Evacuation Shelter at the Mount Shasta Community Center has MOVED to the National Guard Armory.

Current Evacuation Shelters:

National Guard Armory (Red Cross)

618 Everitt Memorial Hwy, Mount Shasta

Central Valley High School (Red Cross)

4066 La Mesa Avenue, Shasta Lake City

Open as Needed, Please Call: 844-236-0163

UPDATE 09/06/18 6:10 PM

Delta & Hirz Fires Public Meeting: Friday, Sept. 7th at 6:00 PM at Dunsmuir High School Gymnasium 5805 High School Way, Dunsmuir CA

Fire officials will give an overview of current and expected fire conditions. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session. For those unable to attend, the meeting will be available on Facebook Live (subject to connectivity).

UPDATE 09/06/18 1:20 PM:

New evacuation notice:

UPDATE 09/06/18 9:45 AM:

The Shasta-Trinity National Forest Service now reports the total size of the Delta Fire as 15,294 acres, with 0% contained.

The Delta Fire continued to grow aggressively throughout the evening and overnight with a large flaming front and flame lengths estimated at 300 feet high. The fire has grown primarily to the north and northwest of Vollmers, burning on both sides of Interstate 5. Life safety is a top priority for firefighters, and the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office is coordinating evacuations for areas affected by the incident.


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.

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.

The Trinity County Sheriff's Office has issued a mandatory evacuation notice for residents of East Fork Road 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 nonresidents.

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

The Mount Shasta 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).

UPDATE 09/05/18 9:45 PM: According to PIO for the Delta Fire Brandon Vaccaro, the Delta Fire has exploded to more than 5,000 acres and is zero percent contained.

Investigators determined the fire is 'human' caused but no additional information was given.

Throughout the night, hand crews and engine crews will continue to build fire lines. There will be no air attack overnight as conditions don't allow it.

600+ personnel are working on the fire.

Evacuations remain from Vollmers to Gibson.

I-5 is still closed from the Fawndale exit to the Mott exit.

The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office has issued evacuation warnings for the Dunsmuir area. This is just an advisory. Residents in Dunsmuir should prepare in case of evacuation orders.

For more information, a Public Information Line has been established:

(530) 498-0953

UPDATE 09/05/18 4:15 PM:

An evacuation center has been set up at the Mt. Shasta Community Center, 629 Alder Street.

Officials said the fire is burning so badly on both sides of I-5 that they can’t get through from the Shasta County side so they are requesting resources from Siskiyou County to help with evacuations.

The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office said several motorists have been rescued from I-5 and one person was transported to the hospital with injuries.


-Everyone living north of Vollmers/Delta area to the Siskiyou County line on both sides of I-5.

-Communities of Dunsmuir and Castella are not under evacuation at this point, however, people should be ready to evacuate.


Emergency services are responding to a fire between the I-5 and the Sacramento River, just outside Dunsmuir, California.

I-5 southbound is closed at Mott Road, south of Mount Shasta. I-5 northbound is closed at Fawndale Road, just north of Redding. The recommended detour is Highway 89, according to Shawn Gordon with the California Highway Patrol.

Emergency services are conducting evacuations for Pollard Flat and Vollmers Delta areas. The Shasta County Sheriffs Office is conducting evacuations on both sides of I-5 north of Lakehead to the Shasta/Siskiyou county line.

Shasta Trinity National Forest has confirmed that the fire is now at 500 acres. 15% relative humidity, paired with gusts of wind makes fighting this fire a challenge. Officials are considering this a "fast-moving" fire.

The Shasta County Sheriff's Office is currently responding to the fire, along with CAL Fire, Yreka CHP, Mount Shasta CHP, Redding CHP, and Dunsmuir Grade Inspection Facility.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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