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I-5 reopens at Oregon-California border while crews continue battling fire

Klamathon Fire - CalFire

ASHLAND, Ore. – CalFire is allowing transportation officials in California and Oregon to reopen Interstate 5 Friday morning, but motorists should expect major delays and congestion.

All lanes of the interstate were closed at Ashland, Ore. and at Yreka, Calif. Thursday night as fire crews worked to battle the 8,000-acre Klamathon Wildfire burning in the area.

As of Friday morning, the fire is 5 percent contained.

The Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon State Police will meter and escort hundreds of drivers through the burn zone southbound from milepost 11, should of Ashland.

The California Department of Transportation and California Highway Patrol will do the same for northbound traffic from Yreka.

ODOT warns the interstate could close again Friday, depending on the fire’s behavior.

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