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Crews Respond To Oregon, California Fire

Sterling Ditch Fire

Crews are still working this morning to keep a fire under control in the rogue valley. The Oregon Department of Forestry is calling it the Sterling Ditch Fire.

The fire is burning near Anderson Butte Road southwest of Medford. It started out at 2 acres and grew to 6 acres. ODF Spokesman Brian Ballou says no trees are burning in the fire, only light brush and grass. Ballou says, fortunately, conditions right now are helping to fight the fire.

“We haven’t had any winds,” stated Ballou. “The fire burned up a steep slope and it kind of petered out at the crest and that’s where we’re building the line with a bulldozer.”

Winds could have increased overnight, making it harder for crews to contain the blaze. Investigators believe the fire is human-caused. They picked up some bullet casings from what may from someone target shooting. Crews worked on that fire throughout the night.

Salt Creek Fire In Northern California

Parts of I-5 are still closed as a fire burns in Northern California. Overnight, that fire has grown to 500 acres, and this morning, the evacuation area has been expanded to include Lakeview estates in the Skyline Road area.

The Salt Creek Fire, burning near Lake Shasta caused evacuations and closed interstate five because of zero visibility. It’s burning up land in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest near the O’Brien and Salt Creek exits.

This morning it is 20% contained is threatening 100 structures. At least one has been destroyed. Mandatory evacuations remained in effect overnight and an evacuation center has been set up by the Red Cross at the Central Valley High School in Shasta Lake City.

California Highway Patrol has closed north bound lanes 10 miles north of Redding at Ferndale southbound lanes are open.