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Motorhome 'destroyed' by fire on I-5 near Canyonville after flames spread to surrounding brush

ODOT temporarily shut down the freeway in southern Douglas County due to a spreading car fire.

Posted: May 8, 2020 2:45 PM
Updated: May 8, 2020 5:46 PM

CANYONVILLE, Ore. — Firefighters rushed to the scene of a flaming motorhome along I-5 near Canyonville on Friday, as flames began to spread into the surrounding wildlands.

Crews from the Douglas Forest Protective Association and the Tri-City Rural Fire Department responded to the motorhome fire near I-5 Exit 103 northbound a little after 2 p.m.

"Upon arriving on scene of the fire, crews found a fully involved motorhome and approximately three quarters of an acre of wildland fuels on fire," DFPA said in a statement.

Firefighters called in more help from Myrtle Creek Rural Fire, Riddle Rural Fire, and from agencies in Canyonville and Winston.

Crews temporarily shut down both northbound and southbound I-5 during the response, eventually opening up the lanes again.

DPFA said that both the motorhome and the vehicle it was towing were destroyed by the fire, along with about one and a half acres of grass and brush. Fire crews were able to stop the fire's forward progress and begin mopping up.

The area is close to where the Milepost 97 Fire raged in 2019, one of the only major wildfires in southern Oregon during that season.

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