The tireless work of firefighters fighting the Delta Fire is beginning to pay off as containment grows to 17 percent and the fire moves to 57,223 acres in the Shasta Trinity National Forest. Meanwhile, the nearby Kerlin Fire has increased to 77 percent containment and the Hirz Fire is fully contained.
The containment news comes as a relief to fire officials and nearby communities as a Red Flag Warning was issued in the area due to dry conditions and high winds. Somehow, firefighters managed to increase containment during the worst conditions possible.
Interstate 5 remains open to through traffic with one lane moving in each direction. Also, the trucking ban was lifted, giving truckers a sigh of relief as the heavily relied upon freeway has been closed to them for a week.
Residents of Castella and Dunsmuir still remain on high alert as the fire moves northwest, but the improved containment numbers provide a sigh of relief for the communities who were almost all but certain the fire would force them to evacuate.
Firefighters battling strong wind gusts on the #DeltaFire Wednesday afternoon.
Helicopters have been dropping loads of water from nearby creeks since early this morning to combat, ensuring the fire stays south of Sims Rd. and away from I-5.@KRCR7 @CHPRedding pic.twitter.com/bgmw7guqY2
— Courtney Kreider (@KreiderCourtney) September 12, 2018
The fire was expected to merge with the charred areas of the Carr Fire but it has not grown significantly in that direction in the past day. It had already merged with the Hirz Fire last week.
Fire officials continue to fight the fire from the air as the rugged terrain has proven difficult to manage on foot. Hopefully, the current improvement in containment will provide a snowball effect and the fire will be fully contained within the coming weeks.