Rapid Wildfire Shuts Down I-5 in Siskiyou County

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A fast moving wildfire has shut down Interstate 5 in the Siskiyou County town of Weed.

In a matter of hours, the Boles Fire has damaged or destroyed over 100 structures. As of 9 p.m. Monday night, the fire is at 15% containment, and has burned 350 acres.

CAL FIRE spokesperson Daniel Berlant called FOX40 to share the developing details of the fire.

According to Berlant, the fire started near Weed around 1:30 p.m. on Monday. Gusts in the region of 40 miles per hour pushed the fire right into the town, and that is how it damaged so many homes and buildings so quickly.

Evacuations are in order for the town of Weed as well as areas throughout the southern part of Siskiyou County. 1,500-3,000 residents have been evacuated already.

CAL FIRE is fighting several large fires around the state, but are sending a lot of aircraft to the Boles Fire because of the amount of homes that are being threatened.