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.