Wildfire that closed California interstate explodes in size

Dramatic moment wildfire explodes along a California freeway

A highway running the length of California remained closed for a fifth day Sunday near the OR border as a wildfire smothered rural forestlands in smoke and flame.

Truckers and other motorists were forced to take circuitous local routes that added hours to travel times.

Firefighters were also tired, moving from one major blaze to another, battling one of the last outbreaks of wildfires in California history.

"It's been a long summer, it's been a long fight", a National Forest Service hot-shot firefighter said as he rested by a roadside in Placer County.

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Denise Yergenson, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Transportation, said Friday the wildfire that shut down Interstate 5 on Wednesday was still burning out of control along the highway.

One fire in the state has grown to more than 7 square miles as of Thursday, according to the AP, forcing the shutdown of a major highway and evacuation of a military base.

Fire spokesman Brandon Vacarro says work crews have cleared away burned and abandoned trucks that littered the road after the swift-moving blaze erupted but they must also determine whether charred 70-foot (21-meter) trees along the road are in danger of falling.

Jessica Gardetto, a spokeswoman for the National Interagency Fire Center, told the newspaper that wildfires are likely to grow and become more hard to contain.

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"It's been ridiculously congested".

Almost 300 homes were considered threatened, but the blaze was not burning near any large towns, fire spokesman Brandon Vacarro said. "A lot of the truckers are upset".

The Mendocino Complex Fire, which was active for over 35 days, burned more than 186,000 hectares (459,000 acres), making it the largest complex fire in the state's history. "They're just stuck, they can't get through and they're sick of waiting around".

Latest numbers from the Shasta-Trinity National Forest show the fire has now burned approximately 22,000 acres of land and is still 0 percent contained. 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.

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Firefighters have not been able to build any containment lines against the fast-moving blaze, officials with the Shasta-Trinity National Forest said on Twitter.

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