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"They were the largest fires, and as soon as you bought those fires under control, they could re-deploy those firefighters to other areas within the larger area.up to Oregon, Washington and then down to Southern California".

Elsewhere in the state, a fire raging in the Sierra Nevada shut down stretches of USA 395, State Route 108 and the Pacific Crest Trail along the eastern spine of California.

Vehicles, including numerous trucks, were stalled on the highway on Thursday as flames burned trees and leapt over the road.

One fire in the state has grown to more than 7 square miles as of Thursday, according to the AP, forcing the shutdown of a major highway and evacuation of a military base.

Officials did not immediately say how many people the evacuation order affected.

Officials say that the fire was human-caused but have not disclosed whether it is believed to have been an act of arson or simply an accident.

California has been hit with one massive blaze after another over the summer, including a blaze not far from the Delta Fire that last month burned about 1,100 homes and killed eight people.

State Route 108 was closed from the Alpine-Mono county line to USA 395, which was already shut down in the mountainous region about 200 miles (320 kilometers) east of Sacramento, the California Department of Transportation said.

California Highway Patrol said in a 6:45 a.m. Facebook post the freeway is still closed with an uncertain timeline, but that reopening it is a "top priority for all involved agencies", including CHP and Caltrans.

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The Delta Fire which has burned 24,558 acres and is 0% contained as of this morning still continues to close I-5, the biggest traffic artery in California with no estimated time of reopening.

An abandoned smoldering truck rests along interstate 5 after the Delta Fire tore through the region and jumped the road in Delta, south of Pollard Flat, California on September 5, 2018.

The highway runs from the U.S. -Mexico border through California, Oregon and Washington state to the U.S-Canada border.

Drivers fled in terror and several big-rigs burned.

In 2018 to date, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has fought 4,587 fires blackening 612,710 acres, the agency reported.

'Whatever occurred here was probably pretty ugly for a while'.

'It isn't a lot of people, ' he said.

The city of Dunsmuir, with about 1,500 people, was about 15 miles from the fire. Jefferson Public Radio report that residents in the area are posting photos of a pyrocumulus cloud - also known as a fire cloud - which can create a turbulent atmosphere inside that results in a self-generated thunderstorm.

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