Shasta’s Delta Fire Has Consumed Nearly 50,000 Acres

Northern California is grappling with another devastating blaze, just as the worst fire in state history finally nears full containment.

The Delta Fire in Shasta County had burned 40,903 acres as of Monday morning, forcing the closure of a 50-mile portion of the I-5. It is 5% contained. Meanwhile, the Snell Fire in Napa County has burned 2,490 acres.

The latest round of infernos comes as California fire officials sound the fiscal alarm. According to Cal Fire, California has already spent $432 million through August and only has $11 million left in its annual budget. The agency asked lawmakers for another $234 million Thursday.

California has seen 5,491 wildfires this year alone. More are expected over the next couple of months.

Follow the latest developments at Cal Fire

UPDATE: I-5 reopens