A forest fire raging in
The fire was only 3 percent contained Thursday morning after a day of fire behavior described as extreme and erratic.
The fire has closed stretches of
The fire in the
Several hundred miles to the northwest, a fire in the
The fires also damaged 800 vehicles and caused other property damage.
A spark from a flat tire started a fire near
Jones previously said insurers received 45,000 claims totaling more than
The only interstate highway connecting
About 45 miles (72 kilometers) of
The highway runs from the
Fire officials say a wildfire roaring through timber and brush on both sides of a
Officials did not immediately say how many people the evacuation order affected. The fire is in a rural area with scattered homes.
Officials said the blaze was human-caused but they didn't indicate whether it was arson or accident.
Truckers abandoned their vehicles as flames roared up hillsides. Officials say about 17 big-rigs were abandoned and at least four caught fire.
A wildfire nearby that was only contained last week left neighborhoods in ruins and killed eight people.
Abandoned trucks are scattered along a section of a major
The fire erupted Wednesday and has roared through timber and brush on both sides of
Fire officials say the blaze was human-caused, shut down about 45 miles (72 kilometers) of the freeway and there's no word when it will reopen.
Evacuations were ordered for scattered homes and cabins in and around the
But while the fire was moving rapidly, fire officials say it doesn't immediately threaten any large towns.