Fire forces halt to 'Coast Starlight' service

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Amtrak’s Coast Starlight has once again been halted by a major fire. This time, it’s the fast-spreading Delta Fire, which has also closed Interstate 5 near Redding, Calif.

The fire, in Shasta and Trinity counties, broke out Wednesday and by Thursday night had burned more than 22,000 acres, the Los Angeles Times reports. The fire forced has damaged or destroyed at least three homes and led to abandonment of 17 semi trucks on I-5; at least four of them burned, the paper reports. It also says the fire could move east to merge with the Hirz fire, which has burned 46,150 acres and is 80 percent contained. 

USA Today reports Starlight service has been suspended between Sacramento and Klamath Falls, Ore., with Amtrak telling the paper in an email that service would resume when “conditions safely permit.”

The two counties have already been hit this year by the Carr fire, which killed eight people, destroyed more than 1,000 homes, and burned more than 360 square miles. That fire also shut down Coast Starlight service.

Starlight service was also shut down for an extended period earlier this year by a tunnel collapse. [See “UP reopens tunnel in Oregon,” Trains News Wire, June 20, 2018.]

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