Crews ask drivers to use caution near I-5 fire

"There will be smoke coming from the interior for a couple days," said Kyle Reed, Fire Prevention Specialist.

Posted: Sep 2, 2018 3:17 PM
Updated: Sep 4, 2018 9:56 AM

NEAR CURTIN, Ore. -- Fire crews in Douglas County are asking drivers to use caution as they continue to put out a 97-acre fire along I5 near Curtin.

Kyle Reed, a Fire Prevention Specialist with the Douglas Forest Protective Association, said if you're driving through that area, don't be alarmed if you see smoke.

He said the interior of the fire will continue to smolder for the next few days. That's because when extinguishing wildfires, crews start on the outside edges of the fire and work their way in.

Reed said they had 80 firefighters working to mop up the fire on Sunday and add that they'll have crews out there for the next few days, as they inch closer to the middle of the fire.

Since it's a holiday weekend, with more travelers on the road, he wants to remind drivers going through Curtin to not get distracted by the smoke or their crews.

"There will be smoke coming from the interior for a couple days," said Reed. "So again, the most important thing for the public is just being careful if they're driving through the area, pay attention to what they're doing and just be safe for everybody."

He said the fire was sparked Friday night near mile post 163 and it was caused my a vehicle malfunction. It had quickly spread and created six fires along I5 in total. 

Reed said this is an important reminder that fire danger is still present in the area, and it shows just how quickly a new fire can start and spread given the right conditions.

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