Wild­fire threat keeps part of I-5 closed Sun­day

Manteca Bulletin - - Local / Nation -

SHASTA- TRIN­ITY NA­TIONAL FOR­EST (AP) — A high­way run­ning the length of Cal­i­for­nia re­mained closed for a fifth day Sun­day near the Ore­gon bor­der as a wild­fire smoth­ered ru­ral forest­lands in smoke and flame.

Of­fi­cials were try­ing to de­ter­mine whether it was safe to re­open a 45-mile (72-kilo­me­ter) sec­tion of In­ter­state 5 north of Red­ding. The fire has de­stroyed thou­sands of trees — some 70 feet (20 me­ters) tall — that could fall onto the high­way that runs from Mex­ico to Canada and serves as a main artery for com­merce.

Trucks and other traf­fic were us­ing a smaller road that has added 100 miles (160 kilo­me­ters) or more and up to eight hours to the jour­ney.

The stretch of high­way closed Wed­nes­day as flames flanked the road­way and left the road­way lit­tered with burnt and aban­doned trucks.

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