sacramento/redding - Firefighters fail to take control of a large forest fire in northern California. The fires in the Shasta-Trinity Forest have become 'aggressive violent' with flames over 90 meters high according to local media on Thursday evening. The fires block 80 kilometers of the major Interstate 5 motorway running through California from north to south.
An estimated three hundred people are evacuated in areas threatened by the sea of flames. Approximately three hundred buildings are threatened by fire, half of which are dwellings, according to a spokesman from the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, about 375 kilometers north of San Francisco.
The fire broke out on Wednesday afternoon and expanded rapidly on Thursday evening. The fire now covers an area of at least 90 square kilometers. According to the fire brigade, the fire is caused by people, but it does not explain that further. California is plagued this summer by a series of intense forest fires.