I-5 reopened as 49,874 acre Delta Fire burns on

SHASTA, TRINITY COUNTY, Ca. (KIEM) – Interstate 5 re-opens Monday morning, after closures were forced this weekend the Delta Fire, which is 49,974 acres.

The Delta Fire started last Wednesday, two miles north of Lakehead, and remains 5% contained as of Monday night.

I-5 has one lane open in each direction for about 17 miles, and Caltrans says motorists should expect lengthy delays.

The U.S. Forest Service added, “Motorists are asked to drive with caution, obey all traffic control operations and be patient. Lengthy delay. Flammable vehicles are not allowed.”

Mandatory evacuations remain in place in both Shasta and Trinity counties. More on those is available, here.

The nearby Hirz Fire is 46,150 acres, and 97% contained as of Monday night.

As of Monday, evacuation centers are open at Mercy Oaks in Redding, and the National Guard Armory in Mount Shasta.

The Siskiyou Humane Society is also sheltering evacuated cats and dogs.