Fire Near Redding Closes Part Of I-5

Sep 4, 2014

The view from the fire zone Thursday afternoon (9/4).
Credit Victoria Reed/JPR

UPDATED 4:08 p.m.

A wildfire north of Redding forced new evacuations and a temporary closure of Interstate Five late this morning.

First fire reports came in around 11 AM.  The fire that Cal Fire says was human caused burned more than sixteen acres in the community of Mountaingate.

Police evacuated homes, businesses, and a school along Wonderland Boulevard and Fawndale Road, and opened an evacuation center at the Family Celebration Center. The evacuations were later lifted.

Firefighters quickly contained spot fires on both sides of the freeway, up to a mile from the source fire.  Cal Fire says crews were able to reach 75% containment by mid-afternoon. By 4pm both lanes of I-5 were re-opened.