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Wildfire near Canyonville sparks I-5 delays

A fire is causing delays on Interstate 5 outside Canyonville.

Northbound I-5 was limited Tuesday to one lane about seven miles south of Canyonville as Douglas Forest Protective Association crews fought a wildfire burning east of I-5 between mileposts 91 and 92, according to a press release issued by ODOT shortly before 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Motorists should expect delays and watch for firefighters and emergency service vehicles while crews fight the fire burning one mile north of the Canyon Creek Pass, according to ODOT.

The I-5 Milepost 92 fire had grown to four acres as of 2:44 p.m. Tuesday, DFPA said. Four helicopters “and numerous ground resources” are battling the blaze.

In the meantime, Douglas Forest Protective Association crews have made “good progress” on the Days Creek fire, which is burning 14 miles northeast of Canyonville in logging slash.

The Days Creek fire was reported about 11 a.m. Monday, and by Tuesday morning it was at 35 acres and 100 percent lined, according to DFPA.

About 115 personnel including two helicopters were working to hold the fire and improve fire lines as necessary Tuesday, along with mopping up hot spots.

Crews worked to convert about 800 feet of “indirect fire line” — unburned vegetation on the fire’s northern side — into a direct containment line.

No homes have been threatened in the Days Creek fire, and the cause is under investigation.

In Northern California, two wildfires have burned close to 500 acres and prompted evacuation orders that have since been downgraded to warnings.

The Badger fire, burning in steep terrain outside Yreka, California, was at “490 plus” acres and 35 percent contained Tuesday morning, according to Cal Fire.

The wildfire on Badger Mountain was reported early Saturday evening, and within hours prompted evacuation orders for residents on Hawkinsville Humbug Road and adjacent roads, according to Cal Fire.

All evacuation orders were downgraded to warnings Monday night.

The cause of the fire was still under investigation.

A fire outside Montague, California, the Liberty fire, briefly prompted evacuations Monday night near the areas of Scala and Liberty lanes, according to Cal Fire. The order was lifted after crews stopped the fire at two acres shortly before 6 p.m.

Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MTCrimeBeat.

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