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Delays to continue on I-5 due to Milepost 97 Fire

Officials said the lane closure will allow fire crews to clear debris from the side of the road.

Posted: Jul 30, 2019 4:57 PM
Updated: Jul 31, 2019 11:16 AM

CANYONVILLE, Ore. -- Drivers on Interstate 5 should continue to expect delays for the rest of the week due to the Milepost 97 Fire, Oregon Department of Transportation Officials said.

Between 7 a.m. and noon ODOT will be using rolling slowdowns in both directions between mileposts 88 and 101, allowing crews to cut hazardous trees along the area of the fire.

MORE: Delays expected on I-5 in southern Douglas County

Flaggers will hold drivers entering I-5 southbound for up to 20 minutes at on-ramps at Exit 101 (Riddle Road), Exit 99 (North Canyonville) and Exit 98 (North Canyonville). Northbound drivers will be delayed at Exit 88 (Azalea).

"On weekday mornings and afternoons, we recommend drivers give htemselves and extra 15 to 20 minutes of travel time through the fire area," District Manager Darrin Neavoll said. "But depending on the amount of traffic we have, some delays could be longer."

Officials said the delays will be similar to Tuesday morning's slowdown, which allowed crews to remove several hazards.

Meanwhile, I-5 southbound is still limited to one lane between mileposts 97 and 93 about two miles south of Canyonville. 

They said northbound and southbound off-ramps at Exit 95 (Canyon Creek) remain closed.

RELATED: Firefighters making progress on Milepost 97 Fire

ODOT officials said to watch out for possible congestion and delays. They also said to be cautious of low visibility from smoke. 

The fire is currently burning more than 12,000 acres and threatening more than 500 buildings. 

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