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Crews respond to wildfire along I-5 south of Canyonville

I-5 northbound has been reduced to one lane of traffic south of Canyonville due to a wildfire, ODOT says.

Posted: Jul 21, 2020 2:31 PM
Updated: Jul 21, 2020 6:32 PM

CANYONVILLE, Ore. — Fire along I-5 a few miles south of Canyonville caused traffic crews to close down one northbound lane, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

The Douglas Forest Protective Association said before 2 p.m. that fire crews were responding to "several fires" along I-5 northbound, asking travelers to use caution through the area.

ODOT later said that I-5 northbound was down to a single lane near milepost 92, about seven miles south of Canyonville.

"The fire is on the east side of I-5, about one mile north of the Canyon Creek Pass," ODOT said. "Motorists should expect congestion and delays. Watch for fire fighters and emergency service vehicles."

DFPA said shortly before 3 p.m. that the Milepost 92 fire is roughly four acres in size, with four helicopters and a number of ground resources on the scene.

"Please slow down and move over if you are passing through the area," the agency said.

Later Tuesday afternoon, DFPA said that the fire's forward spread had been halted, allowing fire crews to work on mopping up hot spots and securing control lines.

All southbound lanes of I-5 remained open throughout the response.

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