California fire agency requests $234M from state for firefighting budget

The fire shut down miles of Interstate 5 and there was no immediate word on when it would reopen

The fire shut down miles of Interstate 5 and there was no immediate word on when it would reopen

The Snell Fire was only 10 percent contained.

Before the highway is reopened, authorities have to check the safety of the pavement and cut down burned trees next to the road - some of them 70 feet (20 meters) tall - that might be in danger of falling down.

The fire has chewed through 150 square kilometres of timber since Wednesday.

Firefighters are working to strengthen and improve a control line on Middle Ridge, which will offer an opportunity to conduct defensive back burning operations and hold the fire from spreading further north along the Interstate 5 corridor.

Although the fire was not burning near any large towns, Mr Vacarro said about 280 homes were considered threatened.

A raging wildfire burning in Shasta County has charred 15,294 acres as of Thursday morning, the U.S. Forest Service said.

"It's been ridiculously congested".

As of Sunday morning, the fire had burned 40, 903 acres, increasing by an additional 4,000 acres overnight, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The blaze comes as the area is already grappling with the destruction and trauma from the devastating Carr Fire, which burned over 1,000 homes and led to the deaths of eight people this summer.

"They had a lot of ground troops- they just didn't have many people to manage them, so our people were in charge of crews", he said.

The unrelenting flames have drained California's firefighting budget and prompted almost $1 billion in property claims even before the start of the unsafe fall fire season, officials said Thursday.

"I've been evacuated for fires myself", the hot-shot firefighter said.

Over the next few days, southeastern Idaho and northern Nevada will also be elevated to critical fire risk due to gusty winds and a drier air mass moving into the region.

"It's just going to be a mess out there on I-5", Hinkson said in a Facebook Live video from near the fire. "We know what it like to have to leave and come home hoping to have something there". 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. It was only fully contained last week.

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