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RV fire blocks I-5 South

Photo Courtesy Rayna Morrison

UPDATE (3:45 p.m.) -

All lanes are now open, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation.

UPDATE (2:05 p.m.) -

At this time, the southbound slow lane of the I-5 is still closed for clean up, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation.

ORIGINAL (12:40 p.m.) -

An RV caught fire on the Interstate-5 north of Central Point late Friday morning in the southbound lane near Exit 35, Blackwell Road.

An elderly couple on a road trip from Washington was driving up a hill when their RV lost electrical power. When they pulled over on the side of the highway they saw flames.

Both southbound lanes are currently closed, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation. Traffic is being funneled through the emergency lane on the left side of the highway. Delays of up to 20 minutes are expected.

ODOT advises travelers to watch out for active fire crews. The flames have been put out, but clean up on the scene continues.

There are no reported injuries from this incident.

Genevieve Grippo is reporting from the scene and estimates traffic is backed up about four miles.

Oregon State Police, Fire District 3, and ODOT all responded to the scene.



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