Interstate 5 closed as new fire starts near Redding

Redding, CA – Evacuations are under way and northbound as well as southbound Interstate 5 traffic is disrupted by a new fire.

“The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office is conducting evacuations on both sides of I-5 north of Lakehead to the Shasta/Siskiyou county line,” said a statement.

“Interstate 5 is closed from 10 miles north of Redding at Fawndale Road to 3.6 miles south of Mount Shasta at Mott Road,” authorities said on Wednesday afternoon.

“Motorists are advised to use an alternate route.”

The Delta Fire is burning near Interstate-5 near the Vollmers Exit north of Lakehead.

There are reports of chaotic scenes and burning trucks in the fast moving fire. One report said California Highway Patrol was trying to locate two Patrol cars that may have been cut off by the fire. This report could not be confirmed.

Interstate 5 is one of highest traffic routes into and out of California.

Interstate 5 begins at the Canadian border and ends at the Mexican border.