Fires Burn Near I-5, Threaten Homes

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DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. — Firefighters are closely watching fires that flared up right next to I-5 Thursday evening.

The Douglas Forest Protection Association says the fires spanned 60 acres flames got dangerously close to homes and cars driving by on I-5.

Five fires up and down 1-5 from the Myrtle Creek exit to Clarks Branch broke out at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday evening, just south of Roseburg in Douglas County.

Crews did have a good handle on things as it became darker they were able to knock down the flames.

Because it was so close to the interstate it did cause some problems for drivers.

“A concern we have with any fire along I-5 is the congestion. And the people slowing down and looking and not paying attention to driving. There was a lot of that going on when the fire first started off,” said Kyle Reed, Fire Prevention Specialist, Douglas Forest Protection Association.

As for a cause, the fire is still under investigation.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office says it’s been inundated with calls and is asking people to only dial 9-1-1 for an emergency.

Folks who lived in a 2-mile radius of the fires did get a call alerting them of the situation.

But there was no evacuation order.

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