Six fires burning along I-5 in north Douglas County

Fire crews say the cause is under investigation.

Posted: Aug 31, 2018 7:20 PM
Updated: Sep 2, 2018 1:42 PM

UPDATE: Fire crews said Saturday morning that the two southern most fires merged together overnight and have burned about 85 acres.

Several homes and outbuildings were threatened by the fires, but evacuations were lifted Saturday morning.

Firefighters said they were able to get a containment line around these fires, stopping the spread.

Crews have been able to get a handle on the four other fires, the largest of which is four acres in size.

Firefighters said they will continue to monitor containment and mop up hot spots on the smaller fires Saturday.

One lane of I-5 was closed Saturday morning but has reopened. Drivers are still being told to expect delays.

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CURTIN, Ore. – Crews are battling six fires on the side of I-5 near the town of Curtin.

Kyle Reed with the Douglas Forest Protective Association said Friday evening that the fires are burning on the northbound side of the freeway starting at exit 163 and spreading north.

He said the fires have burned about 30 acres total and the cause is under investigation.

ODOT is telling drivers to expect delays in the area.

A KEZI 9 News viewer said the smoke is visible from Yoncalla.

This is a developing story and will be updated as new information becomes available.

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