A wildfire rages unchecked for a third day in northern California, closing a major highway and sending hundreds of people fleeing to safety. The Delta fire erupted Wednesday, north of San Francisco, engulfing the I-5 highway, nearly trapping drivers and closing a 45 mile stretch of the key North-South road.
Dozens of bus passengers were stranded, among them, William Evans.>> There's gotta be at least 50 people or more that are sleeping on the floors here, just laying around, stuck.>> About 300 people in Shasta and Trinity Counties have been ordered to evacuate. Some 1,600 others have been warned to be ready to go, the blaze is near the site of the deadly Carr fire that destroyed hundreds of buildings around the town of Redding this summer.
That fire claimed eight lives and became one of the states most destructive wildfires on record. So far, no one has been injured in the Delta blaze, but it scorched some 22,000 acres and threatens thousands more.