Fire crews knock down grass fire along I-5 west of Rogue River

ODOT said to expect delays as firefighters respond to the scene.

Posted: Jul 1, 2019 4:40 PM
Updated: Jul 1, 2019 7:11 PM


UPDATE: Two burned areas along I-5 measure just under an acre and a half combined, according to ODF. Firefighters are now finishing mop-up, having completely lined the fire.

Credit: Chris Rea

"The fire burned both sides of I-5 Southbound, in the median and on the right side," ODF said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

(Updated 7/1/19 at 6 p.m.)

UPDATE: All lanes are back open following the wildfire on I-5, according to ODOT.

"Expect delays and congestion until back up clears. Watch for fire fighters and equipment off roadway," the agency said.

(Updated 7/1/19 at 5:30 p.m.)

UPDATE: Firefighters have knocked down and lined the fire along I-5 between Rogue River and Grants Pass, according to Natalie Weber with the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF).

A serious traffic backup remains and delays could continue. ODOT said that it has opened up the northbound fast lane, but the southbound slow lane is still closed at this time.

Fire crews will continue to mop up in the area and ensure that the fire is contained.

(Updated 7/1/19 at 5:15 p.m.)

INITIAL REPORT: Fire and traffic crews are on the scene of a grass fire along Interstate-5 between Rogue River and Grants Pass.

The southbound slow lane and northbound fast lanes are currently closed, and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) says to expect delays.

The fire is located about four miles northwest of Rogue River at milepost 52, burning on both sides of the freeway and in the median.

"Watch for fire fighters and equipment. ODF on scene. ODOT on scene setting traffic control," ODOT said.

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