More than 6,000 wildfires have hit the USA state of California this year, burning an area of 580,100 hectares (1,435,263 acres) and causing damages worth more than $2.56bn, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and the National Interagency Fire Center.
Officials say the largest wildfire on record in California is expected to be fully contained by Sunday, more than six weeks after it started.
Firefighters have not been able to build any containment lines against the fast-moving blaze, officials with the Shasta-Trinity National Forest said on Twitter. Orange circles have burned in the past 12 to 24 hours, and yellow circles have burned within the past 48 hours.
"There are several areas along the southern perimeter where the fire crossed over primary control lines and crews are aggressively attacking these slop-overs to prevent the fire from making southerly progress".
Another fire was raging out of control north of San Francisco today, triggering evacuations and closing a major north-south road.
"Northbound Interstate 5 is closed at the Fawndale exit approximately 10 miles north of Redding".
The fire has residents of nearby Dunsmuir on edge, amid heavy smoke, said Richard Dinjes, executive director of the city's chamber of commerce.
The Mendocino Complex fire burned over 459,000 acres and is the largest wildfire in the modern California history.
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'It isn't a lot of people, ' he said.
The fire forced the chamber to cancel its annual State of Jefferson Brewfest for the first time in 26 years, Dinjes said. According to the Sheriff's Office, an evacuation center will be opening at the Mt. Shasta Community Center, located at 629 Alder St.in Mt. Shasta. The humane society is at 1208 North Mount Shasta Blvd (530-926-4052).
About 45 miles (72 kilometres) of the I-5 were closed in both directions, said Chris Losi, a spokesman for the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.
A shocking video shows the moment a terrified woman begged her boyfriend to abandon their big-rig after an explosive wildfire trapped dozens of drivers along a California freeway Wednesday afternoon.
Some flames reached 300 feet in height, according to a U.S. Forest Service incident report.
Drivers on I-5 in northern California got a big scare this week as towering flames raged on both sides of the highway.
The fire is spreading into the area between the Carr fire - which has been 100 percent contained since last week - and the Hirz fire, which is at about 75 percent containment.