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I-5 Northbound Fires
Reports of multiple fires between I-5 milepost 108 northbound to the top of Roberts Mountain came into 911 dispatch starting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday evening. Approximately 10 fires were burning in the area. The total number of fire starts have not yet been determined as several fires burned together. It is estimated that the fires have burned a total of 80 acres, but more accurate mapping will be completed Friday. The cause of the fires appear to be vehicle related.
As of Thursday night, all the fire spread was stopped and crews were working on securing fire trails and mopping up hot spots near the lines. Firefighters will remain on scene overnight working on the fires. Motorists pasting through the area are advised to use caution due to the heavy fire traffic.
While multiple homes were threatened by the fires, no homes were actually evacuated and no structures were burned. Douglas County utilized their reverse 911 system to advice all residence within a 2 mile radius of the fires of the situation.
The Douglas Forest Protective Association responded to the fires, as did a majority of Douglas County Fire Departments, Oregon State Police, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Myrtle Creek Police Department, and ODOT.