8 of the most dramatic images from Delta Fire burning in Shasta County
This story was updated at 1:30 p.m. Pacific time, Sunday, Sept. 16.
Firefighters are grinding down on a new set of wildfires in California even as battles against earlier fires wind down.
In 2018, California wildfires have ravaged more than 1.2 million acres, destroyed more than 1,200 homes and killed at least a dozen people, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Here’s the latest on the largest wildfires still burning in the Golden State.
The Boot Fire near Walker and Bridgeport has burned 6,974 acres and is 100 percent contained as of Saturday, reported the U.S. Forest Service. The last open line is in the north, the service reported, and it’s in difficult terrain.
In Shasta County, the Delta Fire, which erupted Sept. 5, has burned 60,018 acres and is 64 percent contained, reported the U.S. Forest Service on Sunday morning.
I-5 was temporarily closed early Friday while helicopters attacked a part of the fire near the freeway. It’s since reopened, but restrictions remain in place.
The Mendocino Complex consists of the Ranch and River fires in Lake County. The Ranch Fire began about 12:03 p.m. July 27 and is now the largest in California history, according to Cal Fire.
The Ranch Fire has burned 410,203 acres and is 98 percent contained, according to Mendocino National Forest service reports. The River Fire has burned 48,920 acres and is fully contained as of Wednesday.
Together, the fires have burned 459,123 acres and have destroyed 157 residences and 123 other buildings.
The Natchez Fire near the Oregon border has burned 33,2263 acres and is 84 percent contained as of Sunday morning, according to the U.S. Forest Service. It was started by lightning on July 15.
The North Fire, burning in the Tahoe National Forest near Emigrant Gap, has burned 1,120 acres and reached 97 percent containment as of Friday, reported the U.S. Forest Service. Full containment is expected Saturday.
The cause of the fire, which began Sept. 3, remains under investigation. Some campgrounds and roads in the “extremely rugged” terrain have been closed.
The Snell Fire in Napa County has burned 2,490 acres and reached 100 percent containment as of Saturday, according to Cal Fire. The cause of the fire, which started Saturday, remains under investigation.