Dunsmuir Neighbors Ready to Evacuate for Delta Fire

The people of Dunsmuir are on edge tonight, still on evacuation warnings because of the fast moving Delta Fire.

Posted: Sep. 6, 2018 10:49 PM
Updated: Sep. 6, 2018 11:18 PM

DUNSMUIR, Calif.- Dunsmuir is still tonight. The small city of 2,000 is blocked by the Interstate 5 road closure. No one is coming into town, restaurants are closed, park benches are empty.

Most neighbors are packed up and filling up their gas tanks. Everyone is warned to be ready to leave at a moments notice.

Dunsmuir resident Curtis Smith says, "It feels like right now I'm homeless. That's what it feels like, well the trailer is gone everything is gone what are you going to do, you gotta wait and see, but I'll deal with it."

Smith packed his trailer and car with all of his valuables. He tells NewsWatch12 he feels stuck between this Delta Fire and the Nachez Fire burning north.

Smith says, "We're in the middle here, you got smoke on both sides, fire is on both sides, so if the fire comes here where are you going to go. You going to go to the ocean? You can't go south you know what I'm saying."

The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office says Dunsmuir continues to be on a code red evacuation warning through Thursday night. The California Highway Patrol has not yet released an estimated time for the re-opening of Interstate 5. 

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