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Wildfire keeps key California highway closed through weekend

Wildfire keeps key Calif. highway closed

Firefighters light backfire while battling the Delta Fire in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Calif., on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. California is taking a financial wallop from unrelenting wildfires that have drained its firefighting budget and prompted nearly $1 billion in property claims even before the start of the dangerous fall fire season, officials said Thursday. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Firefighters light backfire while battling the Delta Fire in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Calif., on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. California is taking a financial wallop from unrelenting wildfires that have drained its firefighting budget and prompted nearly $1 billion in property claims even before the start of the dangerous fall fire season, officials said Thursday. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

SHASTA-TRINITY NATIONAL FOREST, Calif. – A stretch of a major interstate near the California-Oregon border will remain closed through the weekend as crews try to tame a wildfire roaring along the road, forcing truckers and other motorists to take lengthy detours, officials said Friday.

The blaze that shut down 45 miles of Interstate 5 in California on Wednesday still was burning out of control in the rural area, said Denise Yergenson, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Transportation.

It has destroyed thousands of trees – some 70 feet tall – that could fall onto the road, she said.

“There is lots of damage, lots of emergency personnel. It’s just not a safe situation,” she said.

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