Wildfire causes delays on northbound I-5, structures threatened

JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore. – A wildfire is causing traffic backups on Interstate 5 Friday afternoon and is threatening nearby structures.

According to the Oregon Department of Transportation, one fire started near mile marker 51 sometime before 3:00 p.m. A fire near mile marker 54 was also reported around the same time.

Visible smoke rose from the location, visible from Grants Pass and some locations in Medford.

At 3:00 p.m., the Oregon Department of Forestry said the quick-moving fire at mile marker 54 was likely over 50 acres in size. By 4:11 p.m., that estimate decreased to 10-15 acres.

With a bottleneck due to a lane closure, northbound traffic was backed up until Rogue River.

At 3:41 p.m., ODOT announced road crews may temporarily hold traffic for retardant bomber drops.

Crews were working on the fire from Foothill Boulevard as well.

For the latest traffic conditions, visit http://www.tripcheck.com

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