Posted: Wed, August 1 2012 at 8:16 PM, Updated: Fri, August 3 2012 at 9:02 AM
Update 8:55am Aug. 3, 2012: As of 10pm on August 2, evacuations on the west side of the fire have been lifted. All southbound lanes of Interstate 5 are now open. The fire is 30 percent contained and holding steady at 900 acres. There are now over 800 fire personnel working this fire
Update 6:55pm Aug. 2, 2012: After officials were able to observe the fire from the air with the help of infrared equipment, they have changed their estimate to 900 acres. Some high voltage power lines were threatened by the fire and approximately 200 PG&E customers are currently without power.
Update 10:50am Aug. 2, 2012: The fire is now burning at approximately 500 acres and is 20 percent contained. Officials say they have over 300 fire personnel dedicated to this fire. Evacuations remain in effect and will remain in place at least overnight. Both northbound and southbound lanes of I5 have been reopened but expect delays and the possibility of future closures.
Update 1:15am Aug. 2, 2012: CAL FIRE has updated their estimate to approximately 350 acres. Officials say that the fire is 10 percent contained at this time. Per Caltrans, Southbound and Northbound I-5 have one lane open. Smoke is limiting visibility, please drive carefully. Approximately 100 structures are threatened, one outbuilding was reported to have been destroyed. Evacuations are in effect and will remain in place overnight. The Red Cross has established an evacuation center at Central Valley High School.
CAL FIRE and the U.S. Forest Service are on the scene of an approximately 225 acre fire 20 miles north of Redding, California. I-5 between O'Brien and Salt Creek exits is currently shut down in both directions due to zero visibility in many areas along I-5.
Currently structures are threatened and at least one building has been destroyed. Evacuations are in progress at this time.
Check for road conditions by calling Cal Trans at 800-427-7623 or visit their web site at www.dot.ca.gov.
Check back often for updates.