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Northern California wildfire surges in wilderness area

Yahoo News Photo Staff

A California official says a stretch of major highway near the California-Oregon border hit by a roaring wildfire will remain closed through the weekend.

Denise Yergenson, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Transportation, said Friday the wildfire that shut down Interstate 5 on Wednesday was still burning out of control along the highway.

She says the blaze has destroyed thousands of trees that could fall onto the roadway.

Officials on Sunday will reevaluate whether to reopen the highway that traverses the entire West Coast from Mexico to Canada. (AP)

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Northern California wildfire surges

Fire trucks pass the Delta Fire burning in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Calif., on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018. Parked trucks lined more than two miles of Interstate 5 as both directions remained closed to traffic. (Photo: Noah Berger/AP)

Northern California wildfire surges

A firefighter passes flames from a backfire while battling the Delta Fire in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Calif., Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. (Photo: Noah Berger/AP)

Northern California wildfire surges

A U.S. Forest Service Laguna Hotshot uses a flare gun to start a controlled burn along a steep slope at the Delta Fire in Redding, Calif., Sept. 6, 2018. (Photo: Neal Waters/ZUMA Wire)

Northern California wildfire surges

The Delta Fire burns in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Calif., on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018. (Photo: Noah Berger/AP)

Northern California wildfire surges

Embers fly above a firefighter as he works to control a backfire as the Delta Fire burns in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Calif., on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. (Photo: Noah Berger/AP)

Northern California wildfire surges

The U.S. Forest Service Laguna Hotshots spend the night creating a controlled burn to connect the active north eastern front of the Delta Fire into the inactive north western section of the Hirst Fire in Redding, Calif., Sept. 6, 2018. (Photo: Neal Waters/ZUMA Wire)

Northern California wildfire surges

Firefighters monitor a backfire while battling the Delta Fire in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Calif., on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. (Photo: Noah Berger/AP)

Northern California wildfire surges

A scorched VW Beetle rests in a clearing after the Delta Fire burned through the Lamoine community in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Calif., on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. (Photo: Noah Berger/AP)

Northern California wildfire surges

A firefighter battles the Delta Fire in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Calif., on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. (Photo: Noah Berger/AP)

Northern California wildfire surges

Smoke rises as the large delta fire spreads along Shasta County in Calif., Sept. 5, 2018 in this picture obtained on Sept. 6, 2018 from a social media video. (Photo: California Highway Patrol via Reuters)

Northern California wildfire surges

Flames from a backfire burn around a fire truck battling the Delta Fire in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Calif., on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. (Photo: Noah Berger/AP)

Northern California wildfire surges

A helicopter drops water on a forest fire in Shasta County in Calif., Sept. 5, 2018 in this picture obtained on Sept. 6, 2018 from a social media video. (Photo: California Highway Patrol via Reuters)

Northern California wildfire surges

Firefighters monitor a backfire while battling the Delta Fire in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Calif., on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. (Photo: Noah Berger/AP)

Northern California wildfire surges

Commercial trucks parked along the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 south of the Delta Fire in Redding, Calif., Sept. 6, 2018. (Photo: Neal Waters/ZUMA Wire)

Northern California wildfire surges

Flames from a backfire burn a hillside as fire fighters battle the Delta Fire in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Calif., on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. (Photo: Noah Berger/AP)

Northern California wildfire surges

Smoke rises as the large delta fire spreads along Shasta County in Calif., Sept. 5, 2018 in this picture obtained on Sept. 6, 2018 from a social media video. (Photo: California Highway Patrol via Reuters)

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