Six wildfires that stretched from Curtin to Cottage Grove on Friday evening snarled traffic on northbound Interstate 5, caused some anxious moments for nearby homeowners and turned a stretch of I-5 into a massive firefighter command post.

The fires, which were first reported around 6 p.m. Friday burned at least 30 acres as of 10 p.m., are expected to continue to burn all night.

Kyle Reed, spokesperson for the Douglas Fire Protective Association, said in a Facebook post that crews from multiple agencies had stopped the spread of four of the six fires, and are working to contain the additional two fires.

Structural firefighters, were assessing nearby homes to determine if structure protection was needed. Reed said no official evacuations have been issued as of Friday night, but nearby residents should be aware of their surroundings and keep up to date with changing conditions.

A command post was set up near milepost 163.

The DFPA and at least five fire departments responded to the scene with "engines strung out as far as I can see," Reed said.

Reed said helicopters and an air tanker have been requested to fight the fires that were reported around 6 p.m.

Reed urged cautions for motorists moving through the area.

"The big thing is traffic along I-5 is still moving but people need to be careful moving through the area," Reed said.

As of 10:17 p.m., TripCheck showed bumper-to-bumper traffic from milepost 160 to milepost 163 past Curtin.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


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