Delta Fire grows to 31,325 acres in third day, impacting smoke alongside Hirz Fire

LAKEHEAD, Ca. (KIEM) – The Delta Fire takes on nearly ten thousand more acres, and is still zero percent contained. As of Friday night, the fire is estimated to be 31,325 acres.

The fire that started in north of Redding is forcing evacuations beyond Shasta County, in Trinity and Siskiyou counties, too.

An up-to-date list of mandated evacuated areas is available, here.  A shelter is set up at the Mount Shasta Community Center.

The I-5 is still closed near Redding. On Sunday, officials will reevaluate whether to reopen the route, but before the highway reopens, authorities have to check the safety of the pavement. and cut down burned trees next to the road. Some of the trees that might be in danger of falling are 70 feet tall.

The Delta Fire is in close proximity to the 46,150 acre Hirz Fire. Containment is up to 89% on the Hirz Fire, and is expected to be fully contained by Sunday.

Being in such close proximity to the delta fire has doubled smoke issues in the area, impacting firefighters, by reducing visibility.