EUGENE, Ore. -- Fires have caused several road closures in Western Oregon.
Highway 126 is closed between Springfield and Belknap from milepost 10 to 55. In Springfield, only local traffic is allowed past 69th Street. Many roads are closed by fire, downed powerlines and trees, ODOT said.
ODOT officials said Highway 138E remains closed from Idleyld to the OR 230 junction (milepost 21-83). The highway reopened on Monday between OR 230 and US 97.
For the latest road closures, please check TripCheck.com.
If you encounter heavy smoke while driving here are some steps you can take to help stay safe:
- Slow down and stay alert. Slow driving gives you more time to respond to unexpected conditions.
- Turn on your headlights. Even during daylight hours, your headlights will help others on the road see you. Use low-beams as high-beams reflect off the moisture in the air and cause glare.
- Use fog lights. If you have them, fog lights can help cut through the smoke.
- Keep plenty of space between you and other vehicles. Visibility, of course, decreases in smoke so maintain a safe stopping distance between you and the vehicle upfront.
- If visibility becomes too dangerous to continue, pull off to the side of the road as soon as safely possible.
- Never stop in a travel lane. Look for a safe area completely off the road if possible and turn off all lights, including flashers, until it’s safe to continue.
- Don’t tailgate. Keep a steady, reliable pace. Remember that everyone else on the road is in the same fix you’re in. They’re counting on you to help show the way.