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Wildfire that closed California interstate explodes in size

SHASTA-TRINITY NATIONAL FOREST, Calif. — A roaring wildfire that has shut down a stretch of a major interstate in a rural area near the California-Oregon border nearly doubled in size overnight.

The blaze in California’s Shasta-Trinity National Forest is burning out of control Saturday and crews are scrambling to prevent it from reaching mountain communities to the north.

The fire has chewed through 58 square miles (150 square kilometers) of timber since Wednesday.

Authorities said Friday that a 45-mile (72-kilometer) section of Interstate 5 would remain closed at least until Sunday. The fire has destroyed thousands of trees that could fall onto the highway that traverses the entire West Coast.

Crews to the south have gained minimal containment of a wildfire that closed highways on the edge of the Sierra Nevada near the Nevada border.