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I-5 re-opens near Klamathon Fire burning 8,000 acres

Picture of the fire burning on both sides of I-5 (Courtesy of Oregon Department of Transportation)

[UPDATE 7/6/18 6:20 A.M.] Interstate 5 is back open with California Highway Patrol conducting escorts for vehicles.

The Klamathon Fire is now burning 8,000 acres with 5% containment.

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[UPDATE 7/5/18 11:08 p.m] News 10 spoke with a representative with Cal Fire who says the fire is still at 5,000 acres burned and zero percent contained.

Oregon Department of Forestry has three units out to help. ODF will meet with Cal Fire to talk about what more they can do to help.

Cal Fire says multiple structures have been destroyed because of the fire.

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[UPDATE 7/5/18 8:25 p.m] The Klamathon fire has now burned more than 5000 acres and is zero percent contained.

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[UPDATE 7/5/18 6:34 p.m] Cal Fire the fire has burned more than 1000 acres.

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[UPDATE 7/5/18 5:42 p.m] Oregon Department of Transportation says Highway 273, Old Siskiyou Highway, at the junction with Highway 66 is closed to southbound traffic.

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[UPDATE 7/5/18 5:04 p.m] Cal Fire says the the Klamathon fire is now at more than 500 acres and zero percent contained. Multiple structures are threatened.

The evacuation order includes Hilt/Colestein Valley.

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[UPDATE 7/5/18 4:31 p.m] The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Department says a brush fire broke out in the area of Klamathon Road and Cougar Street. Sheriff Lopey saus the fire spread in a northwest direction and Jumped the Klamath river. This jeopardized numerous residents of the Klamath River Country estates, the private "R Ranch" and the residents of Hornbrook, California. The town is under an evacuation order and affects 300 to 400 people.

“The SCSO’s Dispatch Center distributed a ‘Code Red’ advisory to citizens of the evacuation order and we are currently coordinating emergency responses and evacuation activities with the County Office of Emergency Services, and assisting federal, state, and local agencies. We ask all citizens impacted to comply with the evacuation order. It is suggested impacted residents secure valuables, essential documents, needed medications, pets, and other animals as soon as possible and leave the area until the area is declared safe. Lock and secure all homes, other buildings, and vehicles left behind to the extent possible and monitor updates from local authorities. All residents are advised to stay away from fire-impacted areas and we ask that residents do not interfere with emergency vehicles or first responders operating in the area. Notify authorities if you or someone you know do not have the ability to evacuate safely and promptly due to any factor. Citizens not immediately impacted by the evacuation order should prepare to evacuate in the unlikely event the fire spreads to contiguous or nearby areas,” said Sheriff Lopey.

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[UPDATE 7/5/18 3:16 p.m] The fire is now about 50 plus acres and is zero percent contained.

Cal Fire says an evacuation order is in effect for all of Hornbrook City north of Copco Rd.

There is an evacuation shelter opened at the Jackson Street School and a large animal shelter is at the Fairgrounds.

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Cal Fire is working on a fire two miles south east of Hornbrook. The fire is 30 plus acres and zero percent contained.

An evacuation order is in effect for residents along Klamathon Road from I-5 to Ager. This includes all side roads south of Klamathon road.

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