[UPDATE 11 p.m.] 1000+ Acre Closes I-5; Multiple Structures Reported Burned
A new fire, the Klamathon, burst out on I-5 near the Oregon border north of Hwy 96. Then it jumped the interstate, California’s major roadway. Caltrans is reporting, “Interstate 5 is currently CLOSED northbound at North Yreka (Exit 776) and southbound at Ashland (Exit 14) due to the #KlamathonFire. Crews are diverting traffic near Hilt Road and Bailey Hill Road. THERE IS CURRENTLY NO ESTIMATED TIME FOR REOPENING INTERSTATE 5.”
As of 5:15 p.m. the fire had swallowed 500 acres and was 0% contained. The entire town of Hornbrook, north of Copco Road is under an Evacuation Order. There is also a threat to the community of Henley, according to the ONCC. (For more on evacuations and shelters click here and scroll down to the Klamathon Fire.)
Multiple structures are reported to have burned. One person has received a burn injury, according to the scanner.
— Dave Toussaint (@engineco16) July 5, 2018
UPDATE 6:28 p.m.: Cal Fire SKU tweeted, “Fire is 1000+ acres and 0% contained with multiple structures threatened. An Evacuation Order is in effect for Klamathon Rd from I-5 to ager and all Hornbrook City all the way to and including Hilt /Colestein Valley.
UPDATE 7:18 p.m.:UPDATE 8:07 p.m.: According to the ONCC, “Multiple structures have been destroyed. Mandatory evacuations for the communities of Hornbrook, Hilt, and Colstin. Critical infastructure is threatened, including The Pacific Power and Light Substation and the California AG Inspection Station. I-5 is closed in both directions from the Oregon border to the City of Yreka. CAL FIRE IMT-4 (DERUM) has been ordered.”
UPDATE 8:43 p.m.: Cal Fire posted that the fire is now 5000 acres. The Incident Information Page states, “Evacuations in progress for the town of Hornbrook, north of Copco Road. An Evacuation Order is in effect for Klamathon Rd from I-5 to ager and all Hornbrook City all the way to and including Hilt /Colestein Valley. An evacuation shelter is open at the Jackson Street School. Large Animal shelter at Siskiyou Fairgrounds.”
UPDATE 10:25 p.m.: According to the Redding CHP, “Commercial lodging is full north of Redding. Motorists heading north are encouraged to stay in the Redding area until the freeway can be reopened.”
UPDATE 11 p.m.” Oregon Department of Transportation tweeted the following, “..Klamathon fire burning both sides of I-5 south of Hilt interchange. No ETA on when I-5 will reopen. I-5 closed SB at #Ashland. NB at #Yreka.”
UPDATE Friday morning: Klamathon Fire Burns Multiple Structures; CHP Escorting Drivers on I-5