'I-5 MP 70 Fire' near Sunny Valley in mop-up stages

Pictured is smoke coming from the grass fire burning near the Interstate-5. (Courtesy Rural Metro Fire)

UPDATE (10:10 P.M.) - The I5 MP 70 Fire, located just south of Sunny Valley started just before 4:30 p.m., and is in mop-up stages. According to Oregon Department of Forestry Southwest District, firefighters lined the entire fire , and two small spot fires by 8 p.m. The fire and two spot fires totaled four acres in size.

According to ODF, the cause of this fire was likely a small piece of a catalytic converter that came off of a vehicle and landed in dry grass on the side of the interstate.

"The heat from the catalytic converter in combination with the dry grass, hot temperature, and wind possibly caused the fire to start and spread up the hill on the northbound side of I5," ODF said on a social media post.

Both lanes of NB I5 are back open. No evacuations were made. Firefighters will be on scene overnight to ensure the fire doesn’t reignite. A day shift will take over in the morning.

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ORIGINAL: The northbound slow lane of Interstate 5 is temporarily closed Friday due to a wildfire burning north of Hugo along the interstate.

Oregon Department of Transportation says that the northbound slow lane on the decent from Sexton Summit is closed due to the fire, and will be closed for "several hours."

ODOT says that the fire is near milepost 70 on I-5 heading northbound, six miles south of Wolf Creek.

Oregon Department of Forestry says that as of Friday afternoon, the fire burns at two to three acres.

No structures are threatened.

Rural Metro Fire, Oregon Department of Forestry, Grants Pass Fire are responding to the second-alarm incident.





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