Northern California Fire Shuts Down I-5

, Written by Roma Villavicencio, Posted: Thu, August 15 2013 at 10:29 PM, Updated: Thu, August 15 2013 at 11:09 PM

A close call for Alicia Louviere Thursday evening when she came home to find flames in her backyard.

"When I saw the flames and the smoke I just knew that the house was gone but thank God its not," says Louviere.    

Fire fighters came quickly, not only to protect Louviere's Hornbrook home but drivers on interstate five.


"Once it jumped the freeway we called California Highway Patrol," says Darryl Laws with Cal Fire.

The fast moving Cottonwood Creek fire started around two thirty
 and shutdown I-5 for an hour.

"No homes were damaged we were able to burn around it."    

The fire torched 50 acres near Michael Ellis' home and in the midst of a dangerous wildfire season Ellis says he's just thankful his home was spared.

"If it wasn't for the firefighters my house would be burned down."

The cause is under investigation but fire fighters say they're job isn't over.

"We just need to mop everything up we'll be here keeping an eye on it over night."    

As for Louviere she's just glad this close call close to home is over.

"From now on I'm just going to make sure nothing is around my house that can catch on fire."

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Roma Villavicencio

NBC5 News reporter Roma Villavicencio comes from Southern California where she reported for Garden Grove TV Channel 3.

She is a graduate of the journalism/communications program at Cal State Fullerton.

Roma is very proud of her Mexican heritage. She is bi-lingual and looks forward to serving our Hispanic community.

She loves food, music and the San Francisco Giants. She lives by the slogan “viva la vida!”

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