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      Smoke from grass fires delays traffic on I-5 near Cottage Grove

      COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. -- Crews closed one of the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 north of Cottage Grove Wednesday afternoon to fight a grass fire that was sending up thick clouds of smoke along the roadway.


      Firefighters were called out to fight the fire on the east side of the interstate near the E Saginaw Road Exit (Exit 176) at about 4:45 p.m. Wednesday.


      Our reporters at the scene said crews have the flames knocked down, but the fire is sending up a lot of smoke.


      The Oregon Department of Transportation is reporting delays of over 20 minutes to northbound drivers on I-5. | Current traffic conditions


      This is a developing story, updates will be posted as information comes in.


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