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Blaze on Oregon-California border grows, prompts evacuations

July 6, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Authorities say a fire that jumped across Interstate 5 south of the Oregon border in California grew overnight but that all lanes of the highway have reopened.

The California Highway Patrol says officers are escorting motorists through the area Friday but that conditions could change at any moment.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says the blaze in Siskyou County has burned more than 12 square miles (30 square kilometers). It is 5 percent contained.

The fire that started Thursday forced the closure of some highway lanes and evacuations in Hornbrook, California, a town of 250 people.

California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency, citing “extreme peril” to people and property.

CalFire says that another wildfire burning farther south has destroyed nine homes.

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