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.