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HUGO, Ore. —
UPDATE: The wildfire north of Hugo has been knocked down and lined at roughly 3.6 acres, according to fire officials on the scene. Fire crews will be monitoring the area overnight, watching for hot spots.
Heads up driving I-5 in #SouthwestOregon: Expect NB slow lane closure thru evening due to wildfire at MP 70, south of #SunnyValley. We're on scene - along with @ORStatePolice and @SWOFire. Fire racing up hillside. Keep your eye on driving. pic.twitter.com/3dNveIAmmT— Oregon DOT (@OregonDOT) June 15, 2019
ODF said that the fire was started by the catalytic converter of a vehicle pulled over on the side of the roadway.
The primary fire sparked two small spot fires, both less than an acre.
According to ODF, windy conditions were the main reason for the fire's rapid spread.
(Updated 6/14/19 at 7 p.m.)
INITIAL REPORT: Firefighters are on the scene of a wildfire between Hugo and Sunny Valley along I-5, causing the closure of one northbound lane.
The fire was last estimated at around 3-5 acres and growing, with firefighters unable to acheive any containment yet. No structures are threatened, and there are no evacuations in effect, the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) said.
Shortly after 6 p.m., ODF still estimated that the fire had not grown beyond 5 acres.
The slow lane of I-5 northbound on the descending side of Sexton Summit remains closed due to the wildfire and firefighting efforts, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). That closure could extend through the evening.
"Watch for people near the roadway, fire apparatus and slow moving traffic," ODOT said.
In a Tweet posted around 5:45 p.m., the agency said the following: "Fire racing up hillside. Keep your eye on driving."
This is a developing story and the article will be updated with more information as it comes through.
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