PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — All traffic on I-5 from Ashland to North Yreka in California was stopped for wildfire evacuations on Thursday but reopened with delays on Friday.
CalFire allowed the I-5 to reopen but said to expect major congestion and delays.
I-5, #Ashland to #Yreka is open without escorts both northbound and southbound.
Expect heavy and slow-moving traffic in the area that was previously closed due to the #KlamathonFire.— Oregon DOT (@OregonDOT) July 6, 2018
California Highway patrol shut down the freeway at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday. Traffic was halted at milepost 14 in Ashland.
The Klamathon fire, as of Thursday night, had burned over 5,000 acres and was zero percent contained. California Governor Edmund “Jerry” Brown declared a state of emergency.
ODOT advised people exit before getting to exit 14 in Ashland.
Oregon 273 at the junction of Oregon 66 is also closed to Southbound traffic.
The Red Cross opened a shelter at Ashland High School for those who are affected.